BENEFIT claimants could face a reduction in the amount of money they can claim under guideline changes due to come into force.
Tilly Bailey and Irvine (TBI) Solicitors acts as the Hartlepool advisor on social welfare under the legal aid scheme.
It is warning claimants of the potential changes in their status, and advising people to seek help and guidance if they want to appeal a decision.
The changes in a claimant’s status will come when they are next due to be assessed.
They will be automatically moved from the former Incapacity Benefit and Income Support on the grounds of incapacity to the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).
As the assessment criteria are different, a number of claimants may find that they are no longer entitled to the benefits and are classed as fit to work.
TBI’s Claire Harrington said: “In the coming months many people will be reassessed and some may find their status changes and that they are no longer classed as having a limited capability to work.
“Alternatively, a reduction in people’s income may leave them with financial difficulties. In such situations, Tilly Bailey and Irvine can help in a number of ways, including in negotiations with creditors to obtain affordable payment arrangements.”