Launch of new welfare reform website
Published on 21st September 2012
We are launching a bid to help residents cope with the impact of looming changes to the country’s benefits system.
Up to a third of Sandwell's population - around 100,000 people - are currently helped by benefits of one kind or another.
And it is estimated that the borough could lose anything from £50 million to £100 million a year once benefits changes take place.
The new website outlines the major changes and how they could affect people.
Councillor Steve Eling, the council's deputy leader and Cabinet member for strategic resources, said: "The Government is making far-reaching changes to the country's benefits system which will affect many people in Sandwell. Some will get less than they used to.
"There will also be changes like people getting benefits in a single monthly payment, having to apply online - and having to make rent payments themselves rather than having them made for them.
"As a council we want to help people understand what is happening and support them as changes take effect.
"The new website is a key part of what we are doing to try to help people.
"It has information on a whole range of issues, useful tips and details of where to go for help and advice."
The website will 'go live' on Monday (24 September) and will be regularly updated as changes develop.