Disability Rights Handbook
A Guide to Benefits and Services for All Disabled People, Their Families, Carers and Advisors
The Handbook contains everything you need to know about social security benefits, tax credits and related services for disabled people. Fully updated each year, this essential reference book has helped hundreds of thousands of disabled people, their families, carers and professional advisers in the UK.
The 33rd Edition is edited by Welfare Rights expert, Ian Greaves, and published by the Disability Alliance.
It aims to be a 'one stop' guide to the latest developments in the fast changing world of social security and related benefits and offers the most accurate and up-to-date information on both.
Featuring a range of experts, the book is broken down into fundamental areas of available benefits and services from income support and child tax credits to job grants and benefits for carers.
Also included is an extensive contact list of national charities and self-help disability organisations in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, designed to provide disabled people with key information at their fingertips.
If you give advice on social security benefits or want to know about them for yourself, a friend or a relative this is the book for you. The Disability Rights Handbook explains the benefit system and all the benefit rules as well as giving you in depth advice on how to claim benefits, useful pointers when completing forms and what you can do if you have a benefit claim turned down. It also covers the interrelationship between various benefits (receiving one benefit may entitle you to another).
Clive Porter said: 'As a disabled person I know how hard it can be to keep up-to-date with the range of benefits and services available to me. Knowing what benefits I may be entitled to and how to claim them is vital to disabled people and the clarity of this book is excellent. The purpose of this book is to offer a single source for disabled people to easily access key benefits and services, as identified by experts in the field.'
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Disability Alliance; 33Rev Ed edition (19 May 2008)
The Disability Rights Handbook is published annually, so keeps you up to date. It covers everything to do with benefits and services for disabled people, and includes a detailed index and address list section. I like the way it's set out - it breaks complicated subjects down into understandable sections by making good use of bullet point lists for example. Words which have a legal meaning are fully explained to the reader, so they won't get caught out. It's really helpful to have examples of some calculations to understand how they are made, especially if the principle behind it isn't that obvious. Not a book to be without if you have to engage with the benefits or tax credits systems!