Focus for 2017-2019
- Undertaking a review of the Social Security Fund and the balances decisions we will need to make to keep it viable.
- Adapting services to meet the needs of the changing labour market.
- On-going improvements to general services and anti-discrimination legislation.
Savings & Benefit changes
In 2016, the Social Security department will have made savings of £0.7 million and benefit changes of £5 million. The department is now committed to making a further £2.8 million of recurring savings and will deliver the balance of £4.8 million of benefit changes between 2017 and 2019 by:
- Promoting financial independence
- Improving targeting of benefits
- Continuous improvement, through Lean methodology, will improve existing customer service and enable new services without increasing costs
- Gradual savings as staff leave and don’t need to be replaced.
To support our key areas of focus we will be allocating £0.8 million of growth between 2017 and 2019 for:
- A new targeted Christmas Bonus for vulnerable low-income groups.
- Renewal of the Food Cost Bonus for households with incomes above the level of income support but too low to pay income tax.