Checking help needed
Message from Judy Scott:
I am looking for an expert welfare rights advisor or advisors to check a series of draft benefit guides that I am writing and self-publishing. This will be paid work. Rate to be agreed.
These short guides are addressed to people who are in receipt of benefits. The guides are about getting paid for service user involvement, on how to follow benefit conditions and importantly how to prevent misunderstandings with Jobcentre Plus or DWP.
Service user involvement if you haven’t heard about it, is a Dept for Health scheme that requires health and social care agencies to invite people who use their services to help monitor services and develop new services in many ways. The Dept for Health recommends that people are paid for their time and are reimbursed expenses. Service user involvement consultations / meetings are usually occasional, for a few hours at a time.
DH was not aware that people who are in receipt of state benefits must comply with benefit conditions when they introduced this scheme. Many organisations that recruit people for involvement have not offered advice or support to people they have involved. As a result people who are in receipt of benefits who have been paid for involvement have as a result inadvertently breached benefit conditions or have been misunderstood to have recovered and have had their benefits stopped.
My first guide is about to be published on Amazon as a print on demand version and an e-book and in a couple of weeks in an Easy Read version: ‘Employment and Support Allowance and getting paid for service user involvement’
Further guides will be for each different key benefit as follows: New style Employment and Support Allowance contribution-based, Universal Credit, Carer’s Allowance, new style Jobseekers Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance / Income Support, State Pension and Pension Credit. Other benefits will be covered in each guide.
You may specialise in just one of these benefits or may be expert in all of these benefits. The guides are ONLY about earning and benefit conditions and about preventing misunderstandings about capacity for work, mobility and care needs. The guides are not about making a claim or other aspects of benefit rules. It would be helpful if you have some knowledge of the actual Jobcentre practices as well as the legislation.
Thank you ... Judy Scott