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Decision makers’ guide: Vol 10: Benefits for incapacity, disability, maternity and bereavement: staff guide

Guidance for DWP decision makers on decision making and appeals.

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DMG Vol 10 Ch 55: Transitional provisions or the introduction of Incapacity Benefit

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DMG Vol 10 Ch 56: Incapacity Benefit

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DMG Vol 10 Ch 57: Severe Disablement Allowance

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DMG Vol 10 Ch 58: Widows Benefits

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DMG Vol 10 Ch 59: Bereavement support payment

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DMG Vol 10 Ch 60: Carer’s Allowance

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DMG Vol 10 Ch 61: Attendance Allowance and Disability Living Allowance

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DMG Vol 10 Ch 62: Maternity benefits

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DMG Vol 10 Ch 63: Bereavement Benefit

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DMG Vol 10: Amendment 48, June 2018

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DMG Vol 10: Amendment 47, February 2018

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DMG Vol 10: Amendment 46, October 2017

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DMG Vol 10: Amendment 45, June 2017

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DMG Vol 10: Amendment 44, October 2016

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DMG Vol 10: Amendment 43, June 2016

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DMG Vol 10: Amendment 42, February 2016

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Details

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 are 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:

Published 1 June 2013
Last updated 3 July 2018 + show all updates
  1. Published revised DMG volume 10 chapters 60, 61 and amendment 48, which lists all the changes.
  2. Added revised DMG volume 10 chapter 59. The changes are listed in amendment 47.
  3. Added revised DMG volume 10 chapters 59 and 61. The changes are listed in amendment 46.
  4. Added revised DMG volume 10 chapter 63. The changes are listed in amendment 45. Also deleted out of date amendments 40 and 41.
  5. Added revised DMG volume 10 chapter 63 with annotations to memos.
  6. Added new chapter 59: Bereavement support payment.
  7. Added revised chapter 60 with new rates from April 2017.
  8. Added revised chapter 60 - Carer's Allowance, annotated to DMG memo 2/17.
  9. Published revised chapter 63: Bereavement Benefit, annotated with new memo 25/16.
  10. Added revised volume 10 chapters 61 and 62. The changes are listed in amendment 44.
  11. Added revised chapters 58 and 63. The changes are listed in amendment 43.
  12. Published revised amendment 42 - page 2 - amended abbreviations and statute abbreviations.
  13. Published revised chapter 63 annotated with new memo 11/16.
  14. Added revised chapter 60 annotated to DMG memo 10/16.
  15. Added revised chapters 61, 62 and amendment 42, which lists the amendments.
  16. Published revised chapter 61 annotated with reference to memo 1/16.
  17. Published revised chapter 61 annotated with new relevant memos 28 and 29/15.
  18. Added revised chapters 57, 58 and 61. The changes are listed in amendment 41.
  19. Added revised chapters 60 to 62. The changes are listed in amendment 40.
  20. Published revised chapter 62 annotated with new relevant memos 6 to 12/15.
  21. Replaced chapter 60 with revised version annotated with new memo 5/2015.
  22. Added revised chapters 60, 61, 62 and 63. The changes are listed in amendment 39 - also added.
  23. Replaced ch 62 annotated with new memos 1 and 2/15.
  24. Replaced chapter 63 revised with annotations to memos 35 to 37/14.
  25. Published revised chapter 62 annotated with new memos 33 and 34/14.
  26. Added revised chapters 56 and 62 and new amendment 38.
  27. Added revised chapters 56, 58, 62 and 63. See amendment 37 for a list of changes made.
  28. Replaced chapter 62 with revised version annotated to memo 8/14 - Maternity Allowance: Participating wife or civil partner of self-employed earner.
  29. Added revised chapters 58, 60, 61 and 63. The changes are listed in amendment 36 - also added.
  30. First published.