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All Change – Benefits Will Never Be The Same Again

October 26, 2012 in News by Old Oak Centre

Earlier this year the government passed a bill in parliament to dramatically change the way welfare works.  It is the biggest reform to the way the system works in many years.  The changes will affect almost everyone.  Most of them do not come into effect until April 2013 but we want to make sure that you have a basic understanding of what is changing, how and why its changing and when its changing. We also want to let you know if there is anything that you should be doing now to get ready for these changes.

Universal Credit

This is the biggest single change. The government is doing away with income based Income Support, income based Job Seekers Allowance, Employment & Support Allowance, Housing Benefit, Child Tax Credit & Working Tax Credit.  All of these benefits will be replaced by one single Universal Credit.  Your Universal Credit will be worked out on a computer system that will take into account all your circumstances and come up with what the government believes to be a fair amount for you to receive.  It should be similar to any money that you are currently receiving.  It will be paid monthly, probably in arrears.  If you are used to getting Housing Benefit paid directly to your landlord you will have to make new arrangements to make sure that your rent is paid.

We strongly encourage our tenant’s to consider opening an account with Hammersmith & Fulham Credit Union. They can help you manage paying your rent to us, help you to save and offer manageable loans.

They are a not-for-profit financial co-operative serving anyone who lives or works in the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea. They also serve employees of Hammersmith & Fulham council (LBHF), Notting Hill Housing Trust (NHHT) and Shepherd’s Bush housing Group (SBHG).

Contact details:

Tel: 0207 471 2620

Email: [email protected]


Branch:  274 North End Road, London SW16 1NJ

Opening Times:

Monday            10am – 4pm

Tuesday          10am – 4pm

Wednesday     10am – 4pm

Thursday         10am – 4pm

Friday              10am – 4pm

Saturday          10am – 4pm

Old Oak Work Club

October 23, 2012 in News by Old Oak Centre

Want to up-grade your skills and get back into work?  Do you need support with CV writing? Maybe you need careers or interview advice? Maybe you need access to a computer to search for jobs.  You can receive help and support at our Work Club just contact us for more details on 0208 740 8008

Table Top Sale – Saturday 10 November 2012

October 23, 2012 in News by Old Oak Centre

The Friendship Club are having a table top sale to raise money for their activities.  Got items to sell?  If you would like to have your own table please contact Jean on 07947 809 058 or 0208 740 8008

Community Voice – Have your Say on Saturday 10 November 2012

October 23, 2012 in News by Old Oak Centre

The community voice will be an opportunity to have your say about local issues that you think may need changing.  Teh community voice will meet quarterly to discuss those issues.  Come along and have a chat about safety, policing and other issues that affect you.

Old Oak’s Pink Thursday – 25 October 2012

October 23, 2012 in News by Old Oak Centre

You are kindly invited to Old Oak’s Pink Thursday.  In  a bid to raise money for Breast Cancer Care wear your best pink outfit, have and buy a pink ribbon.

Have your photograph taken in our Pink Photo booth.  For more info contact 020 8747 8008