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


As a gift to organisations that involve service users, I have simplified my guidance for the National Institute for Health Research. This is now published by Disability Rights UK online free for everyone to use. This has been developed over many years and if used exactly as advised has proved 100% successful at protecting people’s benefits.

Click here for Disability Rights UK Guidance

The first full paperback guide to ‘Employment and Support Allowance & getting paid for service user involvement’ written by Judy Scott is available on Amazon. It is also published as a Kindle eBook and in EasyRead as a paperback illustrated version. The updated versions for April 2022 – 2023 are available now. See more in Publications.

Update on benefits

From April 2022 the Universal Credit work allowance was increased to £344 a calendar month if your rent is paid through UC. This amount is shared with a partner if any. The higher rate for those with no claimed housing costs is £573 a calendar month shared with a partner if any. The Universal Credit taper is reduced to 55p for every £1 earned over the work allowance (if any).

Only people who are responsible for a child or who have limited capacity for work, have a work allowance.

Other people who claim Universal Credit do not have a work allowance. These changes were introduced initially in Nov 2021 and then uprated in April 2022.

The Permitted Work limit for people who receive Employment and Support Allowance was increased to £152 a week from April 2022. This is an absolute limit. Earnings in excess of the limit will lead to ESA being stopped and reviewed.

The National Living Wage for people of 23yrs plus is now £ 9.50 hr.