On this page you can find a variety of free downloads offering:
- Excerpts to give a flavour of the Big Books and details of training courses
- Periodic updates to the Big Book of Benefits and Mental Health 2018-20 to keep your copy up to date through to April 2020
- Free useful resources around key benefits
- Some older chapter that we can no longer fit into the Big Book – but which may still be relevant to some readers. These will also give a free insight into the Big Books approach to more current benefits.
1. Big books and training Courses
- Excerpts from the Big Book of Benefits and Mental Health 2018-20 edition: Sample pages from the 18th edition – click here For more details see the Big Book of Benefits and Mental Health page here. Priced at £25 + p&p. Copies of the big book are available from the CPAG webshop – here – and from all good bookshops
- Training Courses A range of course – with or without a mental health slant, and adaptable to your requirements. For more details see the Training page here
2. UpDATES TO THE Big Book of Benefits and Mental Health 2018 – 2020
Until April 2020, periodic updates will appear under this section aimed to keep your copy of the Big Book of Benefits and Mental Health 2018-20 up to date. These will include news and replacement pages, which you can print off and either collect in the back or stick over the relevant pages within the book, as you prefer:
- April 2019 Benefit Rates Chart – to begin at the ending 🙂 This replaces the chart in the back of the book with the new rates for April 2019- 20 – click here
- Full April 2019-20 Benefits Uprating Pack- Replacements for all the pages with benefit rates and sums throughout the book – amended for April 2019-20 benefit rates – click here
3. Resources for particular benefits:
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP): Updated points and definitions chart: A revised chart of the PIP descriptors with the remaining changes from March 2017 – and a return to before for the ones ruled unlawful. A handy reference on one side of paper with key definitions on the back. But remember to score at the level of help you could do with to manage an activity reliably, at the worst point on a typical day – see notes on Reliability and Variability. See also the PIP chapter in the Big Book of Benefits and Mental Health for page by page advice against an example PIP2 form, tips, common difficulties, official guidance, more on reliability.
- Universal Credit
4. Chapters from earlier editions
As time marches on, the Book has grown. Simplification may be one of the Government’s aims, but for the next few years you may be on a mix of “old” and “new” benefits, so the Book has to cover two systems at once.
This has meant some difficult decisions about what to leave in and what to take out. So below, we post some of the chapters that have had to go . These might still be relevant for some claims though, it’s just that we couldn’t squeeze in to our bursting bindings. These full chapters also give you a fuller flavour of the general friendly practical Big Book approach.
- Sickness Route Benefits from Big Book 2010 – 11 edition, covering, form filling, supporting evidence and appeals forms
Incapacity Benefit – still relevant to some claimants awaiting the still unfinished migration to ESA.
Employment and Support Allowance – before the test changed in March 2011. The old descriptors, ESA50s, guidance, supporting evidence and arguments for pre-March 2011 ESA assessments.
- Attendance Allowance and Disability Living Allowance from the 2012/13 edition – the full chapter and page by page tips on completing the forms. Only the rates and administration arrangements have changed. There is some coverage of AA and DLA in the current Big Book, linking to similar PIP pages. However, you may prefer this complete AA and DLA chapter all in one place. The full chapter will return in an updated form, as part of a forthcoming Big Book of Benefits and Money for Older People 2019-20 along with AA focused sample forms like the ones below and AA and DLA case law.
- DLA example forms : although DLA in “working age” claims and renewal forms are no longer issued, these example forms may still be useful for those over 65 looking at their DLA claims again or facing the very similar boxes on forms for Attendance Allowance or Child DLA.