Benefits And Universal Credits

Benefits and Universal Credits - a Reaching Communities funded service

The implementation of The Social Welfare legislation, particularly the introduction of Universal Credits, has had a devastating impact on the way in which many of our clients apply for, are assessed for, and receive disability related benefits.

In August 2018, Beam was successful in applying to Reaching Communities to deliver a project that helps people with learning disabilities when faced with changes with their benefits arrangements.

It involves activity in two main areas:

1. The challenge and changes to benefits entitlement

2. The introduction of Universal Credits Examples of the type of benefits activity we will help with are:

  • Helping you apply for Personal Independence Payments either as a new claim or a re-assessment
  • Helping you with completing work capabilities assessments
  • We can help attending DWP assessments
  • Setting a Universal Credits account. In some circumstances we can manage and monitor this account for you
  • We can help you appeal against a decision about your benefits that you think is unfair. If you decide to go to tribunal with your appeal, we can help you with that
  • We can help attending DWP assessments


Because of the impact of Coronavirus, Beam has had to change the way we work with our clients.

We want to do as much as we can to protect you and the people that help you. We will update this information regularly and tell you when things change.

  • For the moment we will not visit you in your home. We will avoid any non-essential face to face contact with you
  • You can phone us and we will do our best to help you
  • If you have a letter you would like us to look at you can post it to us, by hand if you wish, and we will read it. We will call back if you need to do anything
  • We will try to conduct most of our business with you over the phone, via email or through social media
  • For the moment we will not be starting any new Personal Independence Payments claims. This is because these claims require the collection of evidence which will involve face to face contact