Big Book of Benefits and Mental Health 2018 -20

Presses are rolling on the The Big Book of Benefits and Mental Health 2018-20 and we update our previous post to bring you all the latest info, rumours and gossip.
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This edition has  the usual mix of friendly guidance, practical tools, example forms and effective supporting letters. Revised and updated throughout, but with the biggest changes in PIP and Universal Credit , with the Government forced to rethink after Court rulings on their  disability discrimination in both areas.
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We  do truly apologise for our lateness this year, but we are not at all ashamed about the Book itself ; it can hold its spine tall against previous editions 🙂 . It is also  smugly up to date after an unusually busy Summer for benefit changes. And it comes with the added value of being an 18 month edition with free online updates to April 2020.
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When can I get one?

It should become available around the auspicious date of Samhain / old Celtic New Year/  October 31st .
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A more precise publication  date will emerge and be posted here – depending on the whims of : weather gods, presses behaving, people and dogs staying well, courier arrangements and any other known and unknown unknowns 🙂
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How much will it be?

As a result the book has grown to 436 pages. But despite this, paper prices rising – another Brexit effect – and the added value of  a longer life and free online updates, we are holding the price – for the third year running – at £25.00.
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That does mean us taking a bit of a hit and a risk. Its by way of an apology for our lateness, while  understanding that life is tough for so many of our regular readers too .
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If you like it, please help us out by recommending it to others. More sales both spreads the word and the good work the Big Book  can do , but will help us keep to the lowest price we can in future too
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Where will I be able  I get a copy?

It will be available from all good bookshops who can obtain it from our distributors Central Books with the ISBN number: 978-0-9954595-3-3
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It is also available online from Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) at:
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Can I pre-order a copy?

Yes, you most certainly can 🙂 CPAG can take pre-orders, but not via their online ordering. Instead, please either: phone:  020 7812 5227   or email: bookorders@cpag.org.uk
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Why isn’t in the usual annual edition this time?

Although the book will feel familiar – but humming with cutting edge newness – when you get your copy, regular readers will notice:
  • a) this edition is much later than usual 😦 … our huge and sincere apologies for that ;  and
  • b) it covers  a longer period as we run as a 2018-2020 edition , with a shelf life of some 18 months.  During this time free updates will be posted on this website for people to download, to keep your copy refreshed and up to date.
This idea – a longer shelf-life with online updates – was worth exploring anyway – it has both pros and cons both for you , O gentle readers – and us But it was the only way to offer a Big Book this year,  as we had gone far too late for our usual annual edition.
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We would love to have your feedback on whether it works for you – there are pros and cons for both you, O gentle reader and us.  Come April 2020, we can then either go with a two-year edition or revert  back to previous annual publication. But either way we plan to do so in much better time  🙂
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We are truly sorry for having run so late this year, but hope you will find it was still worth waiting for. There are  silver lining to the cloud of our disgraceful tardiness though,  as we pick up on some important changes over the summer for PIP and Mental Health, and as we plan ahead for next time.
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Where can I find out more?

For more information about the new Big Book Of Benefits and Mental Health 2018- 20 – plans, what’s inside, excepts etc – please see the book’s very own page on this site  – here 

We will also post again – and on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Big-Book-of-Benefits-173007586161781/ – as the precise publication day emerges
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