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: www.bigbookofbenefits.com
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.