A guide to benefits and services for all disabled people, their families, carers and advisers.
The handbook provides in-depth, comprehensive guidance on the benefits system, explains how social care operates around the UK and includes information about other services and resources for disabled people.
Fully updated for 2021/22, it includes:
- Benefits for people living with health conditions, injury or disability and for carers, children and young people
- How the system works, how to claim and how to challenge a decision
- Support for people in education or work, not in work, looking for work or in retirement
- Getting and paying for care and support services
About the publication
Written by benefits specialists and legally referenced, it’s the only user-friendly guide designed to provide answers for both claimants and advisers. It delivers complex information in clear, straightforward plain-English.
What’s new this year?
The coronavirus pandemic has put immense pressure on a social security system already battered by a decade of cuts. Measures have been put in place to deal with the unprecedented number of people claiming benefits; some are positive, albeit temporary.
Despite these measures, record numbers of claimants are facing poverty and debt. All this coincides with the continued rollout of Universal Credit. Many claimants are worse off under its rules and can be penalised by a harsh sanctions regime.
In this challenging and uncertain period, keeping up with the changing rules is crucial.