Links

For those in Edinburgh, our Tuesday drop-ins are becoming very busy and you may save yourself a long wait if you check the site & our links first. We use our Facebook page to pass on day-to-day information and if you’d like to get involved in ECAP or a similar group elsewhere we actively encourage you to contact us!

General Guides

Benefits & Work’s full list of free to mobile phone DWP 0800 numbers 2013

Attendance Allowance non-means tested benefit for over 65’s

Turn2us Benefits Calculator Check what you should be getting

Age UK Guide to benefits

DirectGOV Guide to benefits

CPAG guide to benefits for disabled children and their carers

Citizens Advice Guide to Benefits

Disability Rights Benefit fact sheets

CPAG Guide to Tax Credits

HM Revenues & Customs Information on income tax, tax credits and child benefit

JSA Hardship Payment guidelines

Guide to JSA 2010 but still worth reading

Bedroom Tax

Updated Exemptions to the Bedroom Tax (updated 2013)

Age Related Exemption

DWP Guidelines for Local Authority Staff

West Lothian Against the Bedroom Tax

ESA & the WCA

Disability Rights UK ESA overview

Qualifying for ESA; The Points System (15 points needed to qualify)

Descriptors for ESA Support Group

Test to See if Qualify for ESA

A Claimants’ Guide to ESA & Atos

RETHINK’S Guide to Atos Assessments For people with mental health issues

DWP Guidance on Work Capability Assessments For Healthcare Professionals (i.e. ATOS/IAS)

Bristol City Council’s Guide to Completing ESA Forms

Advice for Service Veterans Facing Atos

Info & Template Letter on Appealing ATOS Decisions But see the guide to the new procedure below

Cab Guide to Making a Complaint About Atos

Useful Guide to Filling in ESA50 Forms

Food

Food Solidarity Edinburgh Food for sanctioned claimants via ECAP Tues 12-3 at ACE, with free/cheap food info 

Sanctions

CPAG’s Guide to ESA & Sanctions

DWP Guidance on JSA Sanctions From October 2012

Jobseeker Sanction Advice Service ex-DWP employees offering advice on JSA sanctions

TURN2US Guide to Jobseeker’s Allowance Sanctions

Appeals

Citzens Advice Guidance on ESA Appeals

Backdated ESA After Mandatory Reconsideration (if you appeal)

Disability Rights Guide to ‘Reconsideration & Appeals’

CPAG Guide to the New Rules & Procedures for Appealing Decisions 

CPAG Appeal Toolkit

DWP Decision Makers’ Guide

Form to Appeal a DWP Benefit Decision

How to Appeal a DWP Benefit Decision

Universal Credit

Guide to Universal Credit

Work Related Requirements for the Employed 

PIP & the WCA

CPAG Guide to Personal Independence Payment

Government Site to Check How PIP Affects You

PIP Information An adviser guide to Personal Independence Payment regulations and case law

Workfare & Employability Schemes

DWP Guide on Back to Work Schemes

Securing Your Rights on Workfare

Mandatory Work Activity Provider Guidance

Mandatory Work Activity JCP Adviser Procedural Guidance 2014

Work Programme Provider Mandation Guidance 2012

Know Your Rights on Workfare Schemes

Work Programme Survival Guide from SUWN

Universal Jobmatch

Guide to DWP Mandating JSA Claimants to Create a Profile & Public CV in Universal Jobmatch

Your Rights Under Universal Jobmatch

Universal Jobmatch (2013) Your Rights see page 16, Section 51

Debt

Consumer Action Group Debt Section

Consumer Action Group Sheriff Officers Please register for The CAG Forum & share information with others in the same situation

Bank Account Arrestments Letter 

Appealing Against Bankruptcy Info on appealing against bankruptcy and other useful info.

Advice Scotland This Glasgow blog has useful info on debt [current dead link]

Debt for Parking Fines This section of CAB has useful info on your rights if faced with debt for parking fines, including when sheriff officers can be deployed.

Debt Advice in Scotland 

National Debtline Guide to Bankruptcy & Sequestration in Scotland 

Enforcing a Debt The law on enforcing a debt against you

Debt Advice UK Free & paid advice 

The Insolvency Service 

The Debt Counsellors Charitable Trust England & Wales only 

Accountant in Bankruptcy Scotland only. Can be useful but watch what you say as they are a government organisation.

StepChange debt advice charity

General Advice

DWP Service Standards (includes how to complain)

Equality & Human Rights Commission Advice & Help

Financial Ombudsman Service  Advice and help with your financial dispute

Independent Case Examiner Jobcentre and Child Support Agency complaints

Low Pay Unit Information and advice on the rights of low paid workers

DWP Policy on Financial Redress for Injustice Resulting from Maladministration

Civil Service Staff Code of Conduct may be useful at DWP!

Indus Delta News, views and gossip from the workfare & ’employability’ industry

The Void Social justice blogger

Legal Advice

Govan Law Centre

Birmingham Peoples Centre Free advice on employment rights for people who live or work in Birmingham

Disability Law Service

Edinburgh University School of Law Free legal advice on Debt, Employment, Landlord and Tenant disputes

Scottish Legal Aid Board Advice on getting legal aid

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman public sector complaints

Details of the 2012 Welfare Act

CAB Guide to Police Powers in Scotland

Sandy Adirondack Employment Law including Volunteering

Fraud

How to Deal with a Benefit Fraud Interview England and Wales ONLY

AdviceNow’s Guide to Being Interviewed Under Caution by DWP

Housing & Landlords

Living Rent Edinburgh (formerly Edinburgh Private Tenants Action Group) Helps renters & campaigns for better rent system

Shelter Scotland Advice and help on housing and homelessness

Focus E15 Mothers Newham Mothers fight for housing in London

Edinburgh Housing Advice Partnership Advice and help for home owners, council, HA and private sector tenants

Shelter’s Guide to Winning Back Letting Agent’s Fees

Migrants / Refugees / Asylum

Scottish Refugee Council Help and advice for refugees and asylum seekers

Miscellaneous

Freedom of Information Response on Claimants’ Right to Record DWP Interviews

Gingerbread advice and support for single parents

Money Saving Expert on Mental Health & Debt leaflet 2012

One Parent Families Scotland

Salford Unemployed & Community Resource Centre

Scottish Welfare Support & Advice Network Free impartial and confidential advice

Disability Information Scotland Advice on general disability issues + can refer you to specialist organisation

Fuel Poverty Action Group taking action against rip-off energy bills with useful help & advice

Activist Groups

Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh home to ECAP and other groups resisting injustice

Norwich Claimants Union

 

Glasgow Solidarity Network Support & solidarity for people facing problems with debt, bad landlords and benefits – currently out of date

WestGAP Free, independent and confidential advice service covering welfare rights

Bath Against Cuts

Birmingham Claimants Union

Boycott Workfare

Brighton & Hove Women Against the Cuts

Defend the Right to Protest

Dundee Against Austerity Campaign to unite low paid workers and claimants

False Economy Action map to find your local campaign against government cuts

Hastings Solidarity

Ipswitch Unemployed Action Fighting for the rights of the Unemployed

Leeds Welfare Fightback Against benefit sanctions, benefit cuts and misery of work

Leicestershire Solidarity Group

Lochaber Commonweal Direct action and helping claimants with benefit sanctions

London Coalition Against Poverty 

North Edinburgh Against the Cuts Defending Edinburgh public services

Scottish Unemployed Workers Network Advice and information

Solidarity Federation UK section of the International Workers Association (IWA)

Teeside Solidarity Movement

The Crutch Collective Glasgow campaign group

Welsh Claimants Union Advice and support for benefit claimants

International

Auckland Action Against Poverty mobilising against neo-liberal agenda on jobs, welfare and poverty

Ontario Coalition Against Poverty direct-action anti-poverty organization campaigns against regressive government policies as they affect poor and working people

Sydney Solidarity Network Activists in Australia fighting bad landlords and employers

Australian Unemployed Workers’ Union Protecting the unemployed and the welfare state in Oz from attacks

Seattle Solidarity Network First hand account of organizing and fighting poverty in Seattle

Netherlands Doorbraak In Dutch, anti-workfare group doing similar work to boycott workfare in Holland

Skya Greece Greek activists fighting workfare & poverty in Greece

Labour Net TV covering precarious work and welfare struggles around the world

3COSAS / IWGB cleaner’s strike in London, fighting for a living wage outside of official Union structures

German Unemployed Fight Back Short films in German

 

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