Guidance

Decision makers’ guide: Vol 2: International subjects: staff guide

Guidance for DWP decision makers on decision making and appeals.

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DMG Vol 2 Ch 7 Part 1: Common subjects [070000 to 070899]

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DMG Vol 2 Ch 7 Part 2: AA, DLA and CA to dependency increases [070900 to 071179]

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DMG Vol 2 Ch 7 Part 3: Habitual residence and right to reside IS, JSA and SPC [071180 to 071379]

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DMG Vol 2 Ch 7 Part 4: Incapacity Benefit to Industrial Injuries Benefit [071380 to 072129]

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DMG Vol 2 Ch 7 Part 5: JSA to Retirement Pension [072130 to 072959]

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DMG Vol 2 Ch 7 Part 6: SDA, SPC, WB/Bereavement Benefit and Winter Fuel Payments [072960 to 073259]

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DMG Vol 2 Ch 7 Part 7: Offshore workers and Her Majesty's forces [073260 to 079999]

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DMG Vol 2 Annex 1: Retirement Pension frozen rates before 1 October 1989

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DMG Vol 2 Annex 2: Widow's Benefit frozen rates before 1 October 1989

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DMG Vol 2 Annex 3: Transitional provisions following the termination of the Australia/UK reciprocal agreement

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DMG Vol 2: Amendment 38, October 2017

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DMG Vol 2: Amendment 37, June 2017

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DMG Vol 2: Amendment 36, February 2017

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DMG Vol 2: Amendment 35, October 2016

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DMG Vol 2: Amendment 34, June 2016

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DMG Vol 2: Amendment 33, February 2016

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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:

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 9 November 2017 + show all updates
  1. Added revised DMG volume 2 chapter 7 parts 1, 2, 6 and amendment 38, which lists the amendments.
  2. Added revised DMG volume 2, chapter 7, parts 2 and 6. Annotated to DMG memo 16/17.
  3. Added revised volume 2 chapters 701 and 706, annotated to DMG memo 15/17.
  4. Added revised DMG volume 2 chapter 7 parts 3, 6 and amendment 37, which lists the amendments. Also deleted out of date amendments 31 and 32.
  5. Added revised volume 2 chapter 7 parts 2, 3 and amendment 36, which lists the amendments.
  6. Added revised volume 2 chapter 7 parts 1 and 4, annotated to DMG memo 1/17.
  7. Replaced Chapter 7 Part 3 annotated with new memo 22/16.
  8. Added revised volume 2 chapter 7 part 3. The amendments are listed in amendment 35.
  9. Replaced Chapter 7 Part 2 annotated with new memo 20/16.
  10. Revised DMG Vol 2 Ch 7 Part 6: SDA, SPC, WB/Bereavement Benefit and Winter Fuel Payments [072960 to 073259] - annotated to DMG memo 18/16.
  11. Added revised chapter 7 parts 1, 2, 3 and 6. The amendments to these parts are listed in amendment 34.
  12. Published revised amendment 33 - page 2 - amended abbreviations and statute abbreviations.
  13. Added revised DMG chapter 7 part 3 and amendment 33, which lists the amendments.
  14. Revised DMG Vol 2 Ch 7 Part 3: Habitual residence and right to reside IS, JSA and SPC - annotated to DMG memo 6/16 and DMG Vol 2 Ch 7 Part 5: JSA to Retirement Pension - annotated to DMG memo 6/16.
  15. Replaced vol 2, chapter 7, part 3 with revised version - added paragraph 073260.
  16. Replaced volume 2, chapter 7, part 2: AA, DLA and CA to dependency increases - annotated with reference to memo 1/16.
  17. Replaced Chapter 7 Part 2 annotated with new memos 26 and 27/15.
  18. Added revised chapter 7 parts 1 and 3. The amendments to these parts are listed in amendment 32.
  19. Added revised chapter 7 parts 3 and 6. The amendments to these parts are listed in amendment 31.
  20. Replaced chapter 0703 annotated with new memo 18/15.
  21. Replaced chapter 0703 annotated with new memo 16/15.
  22. Added revised chapter 7 parts 1, 3 and amendment 30. The amendments to these parts are listed in amendment 30.
  23. Replaced ch 0703 annotated with new memos 1 and 2/15.
  24. Amended annex 3, Incapacity Benefit 7.2. references from DMG 071439 to DMG 073839 and DMG 071421 to DMG 073821.
  25. Amended chapter 0703 from: 'Therefore the changes only affect claims made, or treated as made, on or after 1.1.14'. To: 'Transitional provisions provide that any period of duly recorded involuntary unemployment or any period during which a person is a jobseeker, prior to 1.1.14, should be disregarded'.
  26. Added revised annex 3 and new amendment 29.
  27. Replaced chapters 0701 to 0707 with revised versions - renumbered and annotated to memos 25 and 31/14.
  28. Added amendment 28 giving changes to chapter 7 part 3.
  29. Replaced DMG ch0703 with revised version with amendment to regs relating to same sex couples and annotated to DMG memos 15/14, 1/14 and 28/13.
  30. Added revised chapter 7 parts 1 to 6. The amendments to these parts are listed in amendment 27 - also added.
  31. Added revised ch 7 part 3 - annotated to DMG memo 1/14 - JSA(IB) - right to reside - establishing whether an EEA national is/was a 'worker' or a 'self-employed person'.
  32. Added revised ch 7 part 3 with annotations to DMG memo 28/13 - 3 months residence requirement.
  33. Chapter 7 part 3 – added reference to DMG memo 27/13 – Nationals – ending of restriction on right to reside
  34. Amended - DMG Vol 2 Ch 7 Part 1: Common subjects [070000 to 070899] and added amendment 26 - To clarify the position about the status of family members who come to the UK to join a person with refugee status.
  35. First published.