The Big Book of Benefits and Mental Health 2016 / 17

Book aimed at people with mental health problems and those who need help filling in benefit application forms, challenging decisions etc


The Big Book has updated user-friendly information, tips, tactics and sample forms to support anyone living with mental health problems and those who advise them, in the ever changing world of “welfare reforms”.

Written in an engaging, informal style with many illustrations and copious examples, this book aims to make complex information about benefits more accessible and digestible, while retaining the clarity and accuracy needed to ensure its usefulness.

All chapters have been revised and updated for this 2016/17 edition, with the latest rates and amended roll out timetables.

New features for this edition include:

  • Welfare reform overview – updated tables of changes and a look ahead at the implications of the Election and divergence in devolution.


  • Personal independence payment – top ten tips through the claims process, sample PIP2 forms with updated page by page guidance, and new supporting letters and example appeals submission;


  • Employment and support allowance – the popular page by page guidance and examples ESA50 / UC50 now extended to physical and sensory descriptors.


  • Universal credit – revised rollout, new top tips for common issues (based on pathfinder areas experience) and new examples


  • Social Fund – latest news on the devolved and local replacement schemes


  • Paying for housing and options for work – updated for bedroom tax arguments and futures and sanctions figures.





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