In 2013 the government is making big changes to housing benefit, introducing a new benefits cap, and launching universal credit that will see people on a range of benefits getting a single payment once a month.
The government has also asked local councils (which is Lichfield District Council locally) to introduce a new local council tax support scheme to replace council tax benefit.
Most of the changes won’t affect pensioners, but the changes to disability living allowance and the way pension credit is paid are also being introduced.
The changes could mean lots of working age people locally will have a lot less money, and may struggle with debt issues as a result. To find out more abut the changes, download a handy booklet created by Lichfield District Council.