DWP benefit resources

You may find these benefit resources from the DWP useful.


DWP Guidance Manuals

If using these please bear in mind that they are guidance for DWP decision makers and other staff. Their interpretation of the law as stated in the manuals may be disputed in some instances. As always please seek advice from an experienced welfare rights adviser if possible.

Agents, appointees, attorneys, deputies and third parties: staff guide

Advice for Decision Makers – covers Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payment, new-style contribution based Employment and Support Allowance and new-style contribution based Jobseekers Allowance.

Decision Makers Guide – covers all other DWP benefits.

Housing Benefit Guidance Manual – covers Housing Benefit and Council Tax reduction schemes. Universal Credit housing costs are covered in Advice for Decision Makers


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