Government's welfare reforms are all an act
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Universal Credit and also in Central Government, Communities
Young people in Liverpool are trying to spread awareness of the Government's coming welfare changes - through the medium of theatre.
South Liverpool Homes (SLH) junior board, which is made up of those aged 11-22 years, staged a play called '4 Ur Benefit' for the second time last week in Speke.
SLH has been making efforts to inform its tenants of the coming benefit changes, such as the 'bedroom tax' for some time.
The young performers worked with SLH’s Neighbourhood Team throughout the creation of the play to ensure they fully understood the Welfare Reform Bill.
They all played an integral part in writing the script and creating characters which they felt other tenants could relate to.
Danielle Southern, 19, chair of the junior board, said: "We wrote the play ourselves so we spent a lot of time researching welfare reform as we wanted to make it as relevant to tenants as we possibly could. A number of the reforms are going to have a big impact for young people, especially Universal Credit and the proposals to abolish housing benefit for people aged 16-24 years."
Debbie O’Hare, SLH neighbourhood engagement manager, said: "The production was a great way of bringing the benefit changes to life and we chatted to lots of tenants after the show about their concerns. However, we appreciate that raising awareness is not enough, we want tenants to have enough information to be able to make decisions which are right for them and their family. We have been holding road shows in the community for the past nine months now to talk to tenants about their concerns and to help and advise them about their options."