Council launch welfare reform study

Anyone who has been affected by changes to the benefits system are encouraged to complete a short questionnaire from Aberdeenshire Council.

Surveys for individuals and organisations have been made with the aim of helping the council assess the impact of welfare reform in Aberdeenshire since April 2013.

Aberdeenshire Council’s benefits manager, Susan Donald said: “We are particularly interested to establish the impact this has had on claimants’ finances, access to services, household circumstances and general well being. The survey is suitable for those who are claiming benefits and have seen a reduction in the amount they receive or are facing a reduction in benefit because of the changes.

Another questionnaire is aimed at organisations that offer a service to people in receipt of benefits, including advice agencies, housing providers and support services.

Susan added: “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 questionnaires can be found at: aberdeenshire.gov.uk/benefits/welfarereform/AberdeenshireCouncil-WelfareReformSurvey.asp.

Alternatively people can email welfarereform@aberdeenshire.gov.uk or phone 01261 813524.