Big Book of Benefits and Mental Health 2017/18

Publication date: 2017 Edition: 17th Format: Paperback, 400 pages Published by: Big Book of Benefits
ISBN: 978 0 9954595 1 9


The Big Book of Benefits and Mental Health is a practical toolkit of user-friendly information, tips, tactics, samples forms and supporting letters to support anyone living with mental health issues and their families and carers.

Fully revised and updated for 2017/18, this latest edition includes:

■ an overview of the system and three steps to income maximisation
■ ESA and PIP: the points system uncovered, explanation of the criteria, a page by page walk through of the latest forms,
   migration and assessment survival guides and help with challenging wrong decisions
■ Universal credit: the slow roll out and cuts, key differences, disability and pensioner gaps, practical problems and
■ old means tested benefits and tax credits: how the sums work with examples and pictures
■ the changing ways of paying for housing, options and compulsions around work and support for children
■ benefits in hospital

Popular with service users, support workers, CPNs and social workers, the book’s accessible explanations are not just for those affected by or supporting mental health issues.

Author Tom Messere is an experienced welfare rights adviser and trainer, writes for Mental Health Today and is joint author of the NAWRA benefits changes chart. He gratefully acknowledges the work of other advisers in checking copy and sharing ideas and experience.

‘Although predominantly aimed at claimants with mental health problems, and their advisers, the content is relevant to a much wider audience. There really is everything you need here, from the 'three steps' approach to the benefits system, through practical guidance on completing the ESA50 to detailed coverage of PIP and Universal Credit… As a tactical handbook, that is not frightened to give its opinion on the current direction of social security, it is unequalled.,’ - ADVISER

‘An essential piece of kit for all community mental health teams, community psychiatric nurses, approved social workers and voluntary groups as well as general benefit advisers... If you have a mental health problem and are trying to cope with the benefit system or if you’re a professional wanting to give good solid advice there’s no better guide that you can buy...' - COMMUNITY CARE

'This substantial but tremendously accessible handbook could well be one of the most useful guides around ...' - HEALTH AND CARE.COM

‘Judy’s work often made more of an impact on the quality of life of our service users than any pills, potions, therapy or support that we were able to offer’ – CMHT TEAM LEADER

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