Guidance

Decision makers’ guide: memos: staff guide

Guidance that supplements the information in the decision makers' guide.

Documents

DMG memo 2/17: Carer's Allowance – meaning of 'temporary interruption' to full-time education

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DMG memo 1/17: Amendment to the Northern Ireland reciprocal arrangements Regulations in respect of Bereavement Support Payment (BSP), ESA(cont) and JSA(IB)

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DMG memo 26/16: Industrial Injury Disablement Benefit, presumption and rebuttal

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DMG memo 25/16: Revision and supersession, effects of changes to collection of Class 2 National Insurance

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DMG memo 24/16: Right to reside, immigration (EEA) Regulations 2016, IS, JSA(IB), ESA(IR) and SPC

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DMG memo 22/16: Social Fund Cold Weather Payment, changes to scheme for winter 2016/17, IS, JSA(IB), ESA(IR) and SPC

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DMG memo 21/16: ESA, initiating and completing personal action

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DMG memo 20/16: The past presence test and refugees

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DMG memo 19/16: IS, ESA(IR) and JSA(IB), postgraduate master's degree loans and special support loans

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DMG memo 18/16: SPC temporary absence from Great Britain

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DMG memo 17/16: Changes to JSA and ESA (legacy benefits) sanctions provisions July 2016

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DMG memo 16/16: ESA, engagement in social contact

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DMG memo 15/16: Past presence test for AA, DLA and CA, effect of UT decision

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DMG memo 14/16: DLA, amendment to the hospitalisation rule for claimants who enter hospital under the age of 18

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DMG memo 13/16: Changes to how claim can be made and change of circumstances can be reported, ESA and IIDB

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DMG memo 12/16: JSA, extended period of sickness

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DMG memo 11/16: State Pension, consequential amendments

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DMG 9/16: ESA, chewing or swallowing food or drink

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DMG memo 4/16: Limitation of savings credit for mixed age couples and phasing out of AIPS

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DMG memo 29/15: Advanced claims and awards of State Pension

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DMG memo 28/15: DLA mobility component, severely visually impaired people

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DMG memo 27/15: Action to take once competency has been decided

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DMG memo 26/15: Deciding the competent state to pay cash sickness benefit

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DMG memo 20/15: Computation of earnings – earnings of employed earners

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DMG memo 17/15: ESA, work related activity and substantial risk

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DMG memo 13/15: Winter Fuel Payments

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DMG memo 12/15: Pension flexibilities and income-related benefits

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DMG memo 38/14: JSA 18 to 21 Workskills Pilot Scheme

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DMG memo 33/14: November 2014 miscellaneous amendments

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DMG memo 27/14: Second or subsequent referrals for the WCA – ESA

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DMG memo 24/14: JSA supervised jobsearch pilot scheme designation of employment officers

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DMG memo 23/14: JSA supervised jobsearch pilot scheme

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DMG memo 10/14: ESA – recording of limited capability for work scores

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DMG memo 7/14: ESA – sensory impairment activities

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DMG memo 11/13: Jobseekers (back to work schemes) Act 2013

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DMG memo 39/12: November 2012 miscellaneous amendments and electronic communications

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DMG memo 35/12: exportability of AA, DLA and CA – effect of recent Upper Tribunal decision

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DMG memo 42/10: changes to the Learning and Skills Council for England and to the Connexions Service

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DMG memo 32/10: New EU Legislation – Regulation (EC) 883/04

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DMG memo 43/09: JSA, ESA and SPC – housing costs special arrangements

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DMG memo JSA/IS 106: JSA and IS – Tax Credits – changes from September 2005

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DMG memo JSA/IS 64: JSA and IS – Tax Credit – change from April 2004

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DMG memo SPC 53 – housing costs – service charges

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Detail

This guidance is for DWP staff who make decisions about benefits and pensions. It helps them make decisions that are accurate and consistent.

The introduction of Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payment affects the guidance DWP staff use.

DWP decision makers now use Advice for decision making (instead of the DMG) for decisions that involve:

  • Universal Credit
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • new style Jobseeker’s Allowance and new style Employment and Support Allowance, which for people who are eligible for Universal Credit and are based on their National Insurance record

Why we publish this guide

We publish this guide to help people understand how we make decisions.

Information for claimants

Information for claimants about eligibility and how to claim: