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Involvement and Benefits

Judy Scott offers independent consultancy in the benefit system together with employment law for public agencies that involve service users and carers in health and social care services, design, delivery, research and training. She can offer your organisation:

  • a specialist knowledge of current and future benefits rules and systems for people who are in receipt of benefits
  • liaison with DWP Ministers and Peers to promote changes to the benefit system – consultancy has resulted in helpful changes to Universal Credit that have now been extended to all benefits removing two key benefit barriers for involvement
  • guidance on developing your payment policy for involvement with experience of working with health and social care arms length non-departmental bodies, national charities, NHS Trusts, local authorities and universities
  • guides to the benefit system for people who are considering involvement
  • staff training for the delivery of payments for service user involvement

Update: From April 2019, the Permitted Work earning limit is increased to £131.50 a week and this is allowed without any time limit for people who receive Employment and Support Allowance or Incapacity Benefit. The National Living Wage rate for people aged 25 years plus is increased to £8.21 hr. But see Benefits updates page for a warning if are about to be transferred to Universal Credit from Employment and Support Allowance and are earning part-time.