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Benefits options, advice and training

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Using social security benefits to help individuals, charities and the community


BENEFIT CHECKING

We can organise and carry out targeted campaigns where we maximise the benefit income of your members/clients/customers

Experience shows that £1 of funding can easily generate 10 times that in extra benefit income.

Research has proved that benefits are spent in local shops and on local services.

Added to this fact is a multiplier effect of 1.5, further boosting the impact of that income on the local economy. (Ambrose & Stone 2003; The Impact of Welfare Spending on the Glasgow Economy 2003. Fraser of Allander Institute, University of Strathclyde (August 2003) )

HOW TO FILL IN... GUIDES

We have devised a collection of packs designed to aid claimants in completing the main claim forms themselves.

This is often the critical first stage in a claim, so effective completion is key to success.

They draw upon years of experience of presenting a true picture of claimant, but in a manner most likely to bring about a successful claim.

Our current list of 'How to Fill in... Guides' are:

How to Fill in....

- DLA Child: claim pack

- Attendance Allowance claim pack

- The PIP Assessment Pack

- The ESA (ESA85)  or  Universal Credit (UC50) assessment questionnaire.

Contact us for availability and costs


PACKAGES OF SERVICES FOR SMALLER ORGANISATIONS

Many larger agencies run their own advice service, some also provide tribunal representation.

However for many agencies the staff costs are too high or the demand too low to warrant that level of financial commitment.

Why not subscribe to a tiered service where you buy in email advice, benefit maximisation, tribunal representation etc that meets your agencies particular budget and needs?

You just buy in the bits you need!

Contact us for our fee structure


MEETING YOUR OUTCOMES/KPI TARGETS USING BENEFITS

Think creatively - what better way is there to connect with hard-to–reach communities than the offer of a benefit check, or a talk on benefits?

We have great experience in using benefits advice/maximising entitlement to encourage the engagement of client groups.

EXAMPLE;                                                                         A Carers Support Service wanted to identify hidden carers in the community, in order to offer them their services.

We organised local publicity inviting people with disabilities to request a free individual benefit check. This revealed that many had carers, who were not known to either the Carer Support Services, or  to Social Care. These carers were then invited to ‘register’ with the Carers Support agency to access the services that they provided (and the cared-for person also recieved extra benefit income!)

Contact us for how we can help you meet YOUR targets/outcomes.

 

 

PROTECTION AGAINST WELFARE REFORM

Many organisations are seeing their members' income (and therefore choices) reduced by Welfare Reform, including the replacement of DLA by PIP and the adverse effect of Universal Credit.

For example, many households which contain disabled people and their carers will be worse off when they are propelled onto Universal Credit.

Action taken NOW can reduce the negative impact of these inevitable changes.

Contact us for how we can assist you protect your members/clients/customers.