Welfare Advice

Our Welfare Advice Team can provide advice and assistance with different benefits in the following areas:

  • General benefit checks to ensure you are getting all the help you are entitled to
  • "What if" calculations for potential changes in your circumstances
  • Help with applications and completing forms
  • Advice and guidance if you think a decision is wrong
  • Assistance with appeals (where appropriate)
  • Information about charitable grants that may be available in specific circumstances.

Universal Credit info: check whether you can claim UC

DWP Universal Credit Video Channel: information about UC

Citizen's Advice have online guidance to help you fill out your benefit forms:

Employment and Support Allowance

Personal Independence Payment

Appeals:

The Law Centre (Northern ireland) has recently launched a digital guide to help people who are bringing a social security appeal without the support of a representative.  Focusing on personal independence payment appeals, the guide gives practical information and advice to help them prepare for what can be a daunting experience by showing what to expect in an appeal hearing. As we are outside NI, you should note note the video refers throughout to 'the appeals service', rather than Her Majesty's Courts & Tribunals Service however, the principals are the same.

http://www.lawcentreni.org/pip

If you wish to access help from the Welfare Advice Team, you can do so via the main switchboard (01935 462462) or our local offices where a referral will be sent. On receiving your referral a caseworker will contact you for an informal chat and/or to make an appointment

You can also Contact us online for more information

The advice team are situated at the Council Offices at Petters Way in Yeovil however, we can also offer appointments at Crewkerne Town Hall on Mondays and Wednesdays and at the Forefront Community Centre on Thursday mornings as well as our Wincanton offices if required.

To access the DWP BSL channel please click on the BSL symbol           BSL jpg

Other links you may find helpful:

 http://www.southsomersetmind.co.uk/

http://www.southsomcab.org.uk/

http://www.ageuk.org.uk/money-matters/

http://www.yhg.co.uk

Information about Egress Switch E-mail Software:

http://download.egress.com/docs/Switch_Recipient_Guide.pdf