How we can help you
Our social welfare law advice service provides expert support for those in receipt of welfare benefits, and we work on their behalf to ensure that our they receive what they’re entitled to .
Our areas of expertise include:
|• Attendance Allowance||• Council Tax|
|• Dial-a-Ride/Blue Badge Form||• Disability Living Allowance|
|• Employment Advice||• Employment Support Allowance|
|• Housing||• Housing Benefit|
|• Job Seekers’ Allowance (JSA)||• Pension Credit|
|• PIP||• Universal Credit|
|• Appeals and representation||• State Pension|
The service is entirely free, delivered in accordance with the AQS Advice accreditation
Please note: all social welfare Law appointments will cease by 14th January 2022. Please contact us asap to secure an appointment before then.
Client A is an Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claimant with a diagnosis of dementia and had substantial cognitive impairment that affects her memory, motivation and ability to look after herself. The nature of her condition also affected her ability to walk. A claimed Personal Independence Payment but following a medical examination made on behalf of the Department for Works and Pensions the claim was refused. Sangam Centre became involved and an appeal was made. We interviewed A, obtained further medical opinion in support of her appeal and assisted her accordingly. The appeal was allowed and the outcome was an award of enhanced rate of care and enhanced rate of mobility component backdated to the date of claim. In addition, the rate of Personal Independence Payment award triggered entitlement to severe disability premium within ESA, resulting in arrears of benefit.
Client B approached Sangam as she was unwell and was in receipt of statutory sick pay. She found it difficult to manage her household expenses, given that there was a reduction in her household income. We advised the client to obtain a current GP medical report to consider whether an application could be made for Attendance Allowance. Once the medical report was available, we went through it with the client and advised her to apply for Attendance Allowance. The application form was requested for the client and then completed accordingly. The client’s application was successful and she was awarded Attendance Allowance at the rate of £60.00 per week for an indefinite period, and it was backdated to when the claim form was first requested. The client was very happy with the outcome and the extra income she received made a great difference to her daily living needs.