The Department for Work and Pensions is commonly known as the DWP. DWP benefits provide support for those who are elderly, sick, or unemployed, and also help those who are experiencing such life events as parenthood or bereavement. The welfare system provides some benefits which are not means tested, such as Winter Fuel Allowance, and given to all who meet the age requirement, as well as some benefits which depend on a person’s income such as income-related Employment and Support Allowance. The DWP contact number can deal with problems regarding all of these.
Benefits for people of working age
Although the Jobseeker’s Allowance, JSA, is the best known benefit provided by the DWP to those who are out of work, or are only working part-time, and actively seeking employment, it is only one of a range of benefits for those of working age.
The main support for parents is through Statutory Maternity/Paternity Pay and the Maternity Allowance. Parents who are adopting can apply for Statutory Adoption Pay.
Benefits for those who are ill or disabled
There are several benefits relevant to people who have a disability or who are not able to work due to illness. The Employment and Support Allowance is for working-age claimants. Disability Living Allowance, being replaced by Personal Independent Payments, is for working-age claimants who have mobility and/or care needs. Friends or relatives who are providing regular and substantial assistance to a disabled person may qualify for a Carer’s Allowance. Many employed people may receive Statutory Sick Pay from the DWP to support them during an illness. Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit is for those injured at work and needing long-term assistance.
Some help for pensioners
The retired may claim their State Retirement Pension, a winter Fuel Allowance and, if they have a low income, they may be entitled to a top-up payment known as Pension Credit. Pensioners who have extra care needs may qualify for Attendance Allowance which allows them to buy in personal care.
DWP benefits are complex as each benefit has its own rules and qualifying conditions. The DWP are bringing in a new benefit known as Universal Credit which will replace a great number of current benefits and should mean a simpler and more efficient system.