A rounded debt advice usually involves consideration and advice on welfare benefit. Welfare benefits serve as a safety net for those who are unable to meet basic necessities either due to unemployment or low income.

There are different welfare benefits and they are broadly categorized as means-tested benefit and non-means-tested benefit.

Means-tested benefits are those benefits where an assessment of the applicant’s needs, income and capital is necessary to work out whether the applicant is eligible for it. Whereas, in non-means-tested benefit, there is no need to carryout a detailed assessment of the applicant’s income and capital to work out whether the applicant is entitled to the benefit or payment.

The following are means-tested benefits:
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  • Income Support
  • Jobseeker’s allowance (income based)
  • Employment & support allowance (income based)
  • Guarantee credit
  • Housing benefit
  • Maternity grant
  • Cold weather payment
  • Winter fuel payment
  • Universal credit

The following non-means tested benefits:
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  • Attendance allowance
  • Bereavement benefit
  • Bereavement allowance/window pension
  • Carer’s allowance
  • Child benefit
  • Disability living allowance
  • Jobseeker’s allowance contribution based)
  • Employment & support allowance (contribution based)
  • Maternity allowance
  • Incapacity benefit
  • Personal Independence payment
  • Retirement pension
  • Severe disablement allowance
  • Statutory maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental pay
  • Statutory sick pay

Blackbird Solicitors Limited can assist you in preparing the welfare benefit application, for a fee. We also provide assistance in reconsideration and appeal of the decision made in your welfare benefit decision.

We stand to protect, defend and advocate for those that have suffered in silence. We will work on the front-lines and behind-the-scenes to offer our clients the exceptional legal services they deserve.

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