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Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook 2018/2019

The definitive guide to all benefits and tax credits is an essential resource for all professional advisers serious about giving the best and most accurate advice to their clients.

*The new edition is now available to pre-order. Please note that the books will be dispatched in April.

With detailed information on all the recent changes to the social security system – including the latest on the rollout of universal credit, the right to reside test and the sanctions regime – the Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook provides comprehensive advice about entitlement in 2018/19.

It has been newly restructured, making it easier to use, and refocused to bring universal credit to the fore.

Who should buy this book?

The Handbook is an essential resource for welfare rights advisers, lawyers, local authority staff, social workers, union officials and claimants.

What does it cover?

This edition includes new and updated information on:

  • who can claim benefits and tax credits
  • the rollout of universal credit
  • disability and incapacity benefits, and the work capability assessment for employment and support allowance
  • dealing with benefit sanctions
  • challenging decisions, backdating, overpayments, income and capital, and national insurance provisions
  • the bereavement support payment
  • changes to Support for Mortgage Interest

Fully indexed for ease of use and cross-referenced to law, regulations, official guidance and court, Upper Tribunal and commissioners’ decisions, the Handbook also offers tactical information on common problem areas and advice on how to challenge decisions.

What the media have said about this book

‘The advisers’ bible remains the key text in the welfare benefits field … CPAG’s book remains the essential purchase for anyone offering advice on social security’ Adviser

‘This book is not just relevant to benefit advisers. money advisers, in fact all advisers, should have access to a cop too’ Arian

‘The best value in publishing … The reference manual of choice for professional advisers.’ Solicitors Journal


‘Simply the best and most vital guide … that money can buy’ Community Care


‘Packed with relevant information in an easy portable form. The title remains a work which no one concerned with housing benefits can be without’ Family Law

*The new edition is now available to pre-order. Please note that the books will be dispatched in April.

In need of welfare benefits?

If you are not a welfare advisor but are yourself in urgent need of welfare benefits or support and think you would benefit from the information in this directory, organisations who may stock the directory as one of their resources are as follows:

  • the welfare or careers department of schools, colleges and universities
  • reference libraries
  • citizen’s advice bureaux
  • member offices of Advice UK (
  • educational advisors at local councils

Ask the organisations above if they stock the book as a resource. If they don’t then encourage them to stock the latest edition to enable them to help you and point them to this page to buy the book at the best price.

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