Welfare Rights Advice
Trafford Council's welfare rights team of specialist welfare rights advisors provides a comprehensive advice service on the whole range of benefits provided by the Department for Work and Pensions and the local authority.
How do I contact the service?
Call us on 0161 912 2735.
Lines are open Monday to Thursday, 9.30am - 12.30pm.
What will the advisors do?
- Give advice on the claiming of benefits for example Income Support, Disability Living Allowance (D.L.A.), Universal Credit (U.C.), Employment and Support Allowance (E.S.A.), Attendance Allowance (A.A.) Personal Independence Payment (P.I.P.) and Tax Credits.
- Advise about asking for a revision of an unfavourable decision.
- Help with appeals, including representation at tribunals.
The importance of claiming in time
Most benefits cannot be backdated and therefore it is essential to claim in time.
The law also puts the responsibility for claiming the right benefit in time on the shoulders of the claimant or their appointee "not knowing" about a benefit is not regarded as a good reason for not claiming in time.
At times it is difficult to know which benefit or benefits are the right benefits and sometimes rules change.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) itself is not a single integrated organisation. Different benefits are processed at different offices and not all staff are trained or knowledgeable about the full range of benefits.
Our Benefit Advisors can help take a broad view of benefits and can help consider all the options and implications.