Westminster Benefits TeamBenefits advice service in Westminster
What does it do?
This is a joint Partnership between Westminster Home Care Charging Team, Department for Work and Pensions and Age UK Westminster.
The main aim of the project is Income Maximisation for the vulnerable and elderly residents in Westminster; however the project consists of only two officers who have to cover the whole borough. The Partnership with Department of Work And Pension enables the officers to have access to a DWP database to screen individual’s income before giving the appropriate advice and taking necessary action i.e. home visits to complete the benefits forms.
The access to the DWP database is monitored very strictly and access is only permitted when a detailed referral form is received with all the consent boxes ticked, referral forms are completed by the Home Care Charging Team or Care Managers.