Council to carry out survey on welfare reform impact

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Aberdeenshire Council are looking for people and organisations who have been affected by changes to the benefits system to complete a questionnaire to help the council assess the impact of welfare reform in Aberdeenshire since April 2013.

A key part of the council’s work involves engaging with residents and organisations which have been affected by changes to the benefits system.

Benefits manager Susan Donald commented: “We are particularly interested to establish the impact this has had on claimants’ finances, access to services, household circumstances and general well being.

“We would also like to establish the level of support that is required by claimants to deal with the changes taking place. The response to this survey will be used by Aberdeenshire Council to plan for forthcoming changes to the welfare system and review the services it provides to those in receipt of benefits.”

The survey is aimed at individuals who are claiming benefits and have seen, or are facing, a reduction in the amount they receive. There is also a second survey which is aimed at organisations that provide a service to people in receipt of benefits.

The surveys are available at: http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/benefits/welfarereform/AberdeenshireCouncil-WelfareReformSurvey.asp

Alternatively, email welfarereform@aberdeenshire.gov.uk or phone the welfare reform team on 01261 813524, 01467 628319 or 01779 484234.