Big Book of Benefits and Mental Health 2018/20

Publication date: TBC Edition: 18th Format: Paperback, 436 pages Published by: Big Book of Benefits
ISBN: 9780995459533


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 for 2018/20, the latest updates include:

■ the sickness route to benefits -  updates on case law, New Style ESA, and UC’s troubled emergence as a gradual replacement for Income-related ESA
■ welfare reform overview and tables updated
■ Paying for Housing and Benefits and Work updated for HB and UC changes and the latest on bedroom tax
■ PIP - resetting the PIP points chart in the aftermath of Court rulings, the new review process of all PIP claims and latest experience of PIP claims, appeals, renewals
■ Universal Credit - important changes to the benefit in theory, but mainly a much expanded practical coverage to help deal with the systemic problems

Free updates to the book will be available for download from the authors website: 

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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