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Welfare reform

The UK Government is changing the welfare benefit system to try to make it simpler, reduce dependency on benefits and encourage people into work. These changes will have an impact on the way you claim benefits, what they are called and what you are now eligible for.

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Below are guides with organisations that can help you with various different benefits, tasks and issues in Dumfries and Galloway.

Watch this short film for a summary of the changes to benefits and what this means for people living in our region:

The Welfare Reform changes particularly affect people of working age. This normally means someone up to state pension age. State pension ages are changing. If you were 61 before 6 October 2012 your benefits may not be affected, but where you have a younger partner there may be a change from October 2013.

Some details of this programme of Welfare Reform are still not certain. Make sure you revisit these pages regularly to check. We will keep this website up to date with the best advice possible about these changes. View the official facebook page for Dumfries and Galloway Council or find @dgcouncil on Twitter so we can provide you with updates as we are made aware of them by the Government.

- View the official facebook page for Dumfries and Galloway Council
find @dgcouncil on Twitter

Find out further information

House on money Gov.uk is the place to find government services and information. It show information on all the main benefits available including tax credits, eligibility and appeals. It also includes information on topics such as working, jobs and pensions.

Contact your local JobCentre Plus for help with finding a job, checking an existing claim or making a new claim.

How to contact Dumfries and Galloway Council

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Contact Details


Revenues Services - Benefits

Carruthers House
English Street

Tel: 030 33 33 3006
Fax: 01387 260326

Financial Inclusion and Assessment Team

Carruthers House
English Street

Tel: 030 33 33 3008
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Contact Dumfries and Galloway Council T: 030 33 33 3000

Council Offices
English Street

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