Welfare Benefits Law Resources

The following are a list of legal resources which you may be able to access either by buying, finding at a library or just viewing online:


The Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handhbook

by the Child Poverty Action G​roup (CPAG)

This is known by advisors to be the bible in welfare benefits law and for generally answering practically any question in welfare benefits. Generally speaking, if the answer is not in this book then it’s not likely to be in any book. If you are running your own case at tribunal then this may be really helpful.


The Disability Rights Handbook

by Disability Rights UK

This is a simpler book but it still has the key issues and eligibility criteria for all of the welfare benefits in a very accessible format. This again will be found in every CAB and benefits advisor’s office in the country.


The Legislation Website

by the Government

This website enables you to search for different pieces of law. This may be too complex for some users but is the only way to find a UK law online for free.


British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILLII)

This website has a search system for finding cases that have happened in England and Wales and is free.


HM Courts & Tribunals Service Decisions

By HM Courts & Tribunals Service

This website has previous decisions of the Social Security Tribunals which may be of assistance in arguing cases.


DWP Staff Decision Makers Guides

By the Department for Work and Pensions

This website is used by the staff at the DWP to make decisions regarding your benefits and so is a great place to see how they may view a particular issue. The content is usually up to date and has a high amount of detail.


DWP Staff Decision Makers Guide for Universal Credit etc

By the Department for Work and Pensions

The content on this site is used by the DWP decision makers in relation to