Measures are being put in place by Midlothian Council to lessen the impact of impending welfare reforms.
Councillors were recently advised that the reforms would result in significant changes, particularly affecting those under 25 years. The changes in people’s circumstances would present challenges and service pressures for the council.
At the full council meeting, councillors heard that senior managers and specialist staff had looked at the areas of impact and drawn up systems to cope with the changes over a short term period.
Outlining the challenges, Eibhlin McHugh, acting director of communities and wellbeing, said the anticipated changes in welfare reform would have an impact on the level of benefit individuals were entitled to as well as restricting current housing options for young and single people.
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