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Guides to Help with Benefits

Burning Nights CRPS Support is a professional member of the organisation Benefits and Work, which provides specialist guides to claiming Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Incapacity and Employment Support Allowance (ESA).


Who are Benefits and Work?

Benefits and Work was launched in 2002 by advice worker turned barrister Holiday Whitehead and benefits writer and trainer Steve Donnison, to provide just such information. It is considered a unique company amongst other benefits information providers because every penny of Benefits and Work’s revenue comes from its subscribing members rather than from Government grants or funding.

This independence means that Benefits and Work is free to publish information that makes it deeply unpopular with the Department for Work and Pensions, multinationals with an interest in benefits – such as Atos Healthcare, Unum Provident and Capita – and even other advice providers whose dependence on state and corporate funding may have made them reluctant to tell the whole truth.

Holiday Whitehead

Holiday began her working life as an ancillary worker in an NHS hospital, where she became involved in trade union work for NUPE (now part of UNISON).

Steve Donnison

Before the launch of Benefits and Work, Steve worked in the voluntary sector for over 25 years, mainly with disadvantaged children and homeless adults. He has been a welfare rights worker for more than a decade and continues to represent clients at social security tribunals for a local advice agency.

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How To Obtain The Benefits Information Guides

The Benefits and Work guides are available free of charge to UK member of Burning Nights CRPS Support and will be provided via email as downloadable files. To obtain information on the guides available, please email admin@burningnightscrps.org and state what you need assistance with.


Disability Law Service

If you have any legal issues concerning community care, employment, housing and welfare benefits and you are unable to access legal aid, the Disability Law Service provides free legal advice to people with disabilities and their carers to ensure that they have access to their rights and justice.

The Disability Law Service also provide access to a range of factsheets that might be of use to you.

If you have a benefits query, please call their welfare benefits helpline on 0207 791 9800 and choose Option 5.

You can also contact the DLS by email:

 

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