Guidance

Decision makers’ guide: Vols 13 and 14: State Pension Credit: staff guide

Guidance for DWP decision makers on decision making and appeals.

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DMG Vol 13 Ch 77: Conditions of entitlement, membership of the household and normal amount payable

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DMG Vol 13 Ch 78: State Pension Credit: additional amounts and special groups

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DMG Vol 13 Ch 79: Payment questions

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DMG Vol 13 Ch 80: Transitional provisions

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DMG Vol 13 Ch 81: This chapter is spare

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DMG Vol 13 Ch 82: This chapter is spare

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DMG Vol 13: Amendment 39, June 2017

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DMG Vol 13: Amendment 38, October 2016

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DMG Vol 13: Amendment 37, June 2016

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DMG Vol 13: Amendment 36, February 2016

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DMG Vol 14 Ch 83: Assessed income periods

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DMG Vol 14 Ch 84: Deemed weekly income from capital

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DMG Vol 14 Ch 85: Income other than earnings

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DMG Vol 14 Ch 86: Earnings

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DMG Vol 14: Amendment 45, February 2018

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DMG Vol 14: Amendment 44, October 2017

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DMG Vol 14: Amendment 43, June 2017

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DMG Vol 14: Amendment 42, February 2017

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DMG Vol 14: Amendment 41, October 2016

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DMG Vol 14: Amendment 40, June 2016

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DMG Vol 14: Amendment 39, 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:

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 14 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added revised chapters 83 to 86 and amendment 45, which lists the amendments.
  2. Revised DMG volume 13 chapter 78: State Pension Credit: additional amounts and special groups. Annotated to new memo 24/17.
  3. Added revised DMG volume 14 chapters 83 and 85. Amendments listed in amendment 44.
  4. Revised DMG volume 14 amendment 43. Original document only had 2 pages and is now a complete 60 page document.
  5. Added revised DMG volume 13 chapter 77 and volume 14 chapters 84 to 86. Amendments listed in amendments 39 (vol 13) and 43 (vol 14). Also deleted out of date amendments 34 and 35 (vol 13) and amendments 37 and 38 (vol 14).
  6. Revised volume 14 chapters 84 and 85 - annotated to memo 14/2017.
  7. Revised DMG volume 14 chapters 84 and 85 - annotated to memos.
  8. Added revised chapter 78 with new rates from April 2017.
  9. Added revised chapters 78 and 79 with new rates from April 2017.
  10. Added revised DMG volume 14 chapter 85 annotated to memo 4/17.
  11. Added revised chapters 85, 86 and amendment 42, which lists the amendments.
  12. Added revised chapters 77, 78 and 86. Amendments listed in amendments 38 (vol 13) and 41 (vol 14).
  13. Published revised DMG volume 13 chapters 77 and 78 - annotated to DMG memo 18/16.
  14. Added revised chapters 78, 83, 85 and 86. Amendments listed in amendments 37 (vol 13) and 40 (vol 14).
  15. Published revised vol 13 amendment 36 and vol 14 amendment 39 - page 2 - amended abbreviations and statute abbreviations.
  16. Published revised chapters 79, 83, 84 and 85 - annotated to DMG memo 11/16.
  17. Added revised chapter 78 and 79 annotated to DMG memo 10/16.
  18. Added revised chapters 78, 85 and amendments 36 (vol 13) and 39 (vol 14), which lists amendments.
  19. Replaced chapters 77, 78 and 83 - annotated to DMG memo 6/16.
  20. Added revised chapters 78, 84 and 85. Changes to chapters are listed in amendment 35 (vol 13) and 38 (vol 14).
  21. Added revised chapters 78, 85 and 86. Changes to chapters are listed in amendment 34 (vol 13) and 37 (vol 14).
  22. Added revised ch 78 annotated to memo 19/15: Housing costs affected by standard interest rate changes.
  23. Published revised chapter 83 to 86 annotated with new relevant memos 6 to 12/15.
  24. Replaced chapters 78, 79 and 86 with revised versions annotated with new memo 5/2015.
  25. Added revised chapters 78, 84, 85 and 86. Changes to chapters are listed in amendment 33 (vol 13) and 36 (vol 14).
  26. Replaced ch 85 annotated with new memos 1 and 2/15.
  27. Published revised chapters 78 and 86 annotated with new memos 33 and 34/14.
  28. Added revised: vol 13 chapters 78 and 79 and new amendment 32 - vol 14 chapters 84 and 85 and new amendment 35.
  29. Added revised chapters to volumes 13 and 14. Changes to chapters are listed in amendment 31 (vol 13) and 34 (vol 14).
  30. Replaced vol 13 ch 78 and vol 14 ch 85 with revised versions. See DMG memo 9/14 for details of amendments.
  31. Added revised chapters 77, 78, 79, 85 and 86. The changes are listed in amendment 33. Also added amendment 32.
  32. First published.