Where can I find advice or support?
We always advise people to contact the nearest CAB for advice and support, or any queries you have.
You may have money, benefit, housing or employment problems, and they can advice you whether you are facing a crisis, or just considering your options.
You can find your nearest CAB by heading to this link, inputting your postcode (or town) and it will give you the contact details you need.
CAB are in the process of rolling out Adviceline (a national phone service), which even if not active where you live will give you options for recorded information to help you. Contact 03444 111 444.
CAB also offer online guides for completing forms:
We have also identified the following providers of support locally, who may be helpful to you (simply click on the one you want to head to their own website):
Richmond AID provides a Benefits Advice Service designed to help disabled people and people with long-term or terminal conditions with getting their benefit entitlements. The Benefits Service is a free service for people receiving or applying for disability benefits in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. This project is funded by Richmond upon Thames Council and enables us to assist people with benefit reviews so that people receive all the benefits they are entitled to and help with form filling. We can meet people face to face, arrange for telephone consultations or carry out home visits.
The following websites (click on them below to be taken to them) offer either online or downloadable guides for assisting you in completing forms for benefits:
ME & Chronic Illness Benefits Advice Group works from a closed Facebook Page with information on
claiming benefits and support from other members. You can contact the
group to ask to join. Several of our members already belong to this Group.
They also have a Facebook page (its member feedback-lawyer is sometimes inundated with appeals).
The DWP has a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Toolkit, which provides information to individuals and organisations that support PIP and DLA claimants.
The DWP has a Universal Credit Toolkit, which contains information about Universal Credit and the changes it brings.