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The Benefits Adviser Self Service Project. Introduction. This presentation is to provide you with information about The Benefits Adviser. The Benefits Adviser is one of a number of online services being developed by the Self Service Project. Self Service is part of the DWP Change Programme.

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Introduction
  • This presentation is to provide you with information about The Benefits Adviser.
  • The Benefits Adviser is one of a number of online services being developed by the Self Service Project.
  • Self Service is part of the DWP Change Programme.
why self service
Why Self Service?Why Self Service?
  • The overall objectives of the Self Service Project are to:-
    • Reduce avoidable contacts.
    • Reduce the number of occasions customers have to provide information.
    • Give customers greater access to their information already held.
    • Give the customer a greater choice of options when contacting the Department.
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Self Service project releases
  • All Self Services will be available via the Directgov website
  • The Benefits Adviser
  • The Benefits Adviser is an ‘entitlement’ signposting service that was launched in April 2008.
  • In September 2009 we will launch an enhancement to this service which will provide the opportunity for customers to obtain an estimate of the amount of benefit they may be awarded.
  • In addition to this there will be a ‘what if’ facility for customers to input potential changes in their circumstances to see how this affects their benefits.
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance Online
  • Customers claiming contribution based Jobseeker’s Allowance will be able to do so online from 11th August 2009.
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Self Service project releases
  • State Pension On Line
  • UK citizens approaching pension age who are entitled to a UK pension will, from late 2009, be able to claim on-line.
  • Benefits Enquiry Service
  • This will allow customers to find answers to common questions about some working age benefits and track claims and payments on-line. This will be available in 2010.
  • Identity and Verification (IDV)
  • This will enable an individual to establish, assert, and protect their identity during their interaction with the Department through the e-channel or the telephony channel.This will be phased in from Autumn 2009.
  • Benefit Update Service
  • During 2011 the Benefit Enquiry Service will be enhanced to enable customers to report certain changes to their circumstances online. This will be known as the Benefit Update Service
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Why Self Service – how will we deliver what

customers want?

  • We will do this by:
    • providing better signposting – customers tell us this is one

of the most important improvements they want to see

    • providing enquiry services that will answer many of the Top

10 questions asked by customers

    • providing an efficient Self Service capability that is attractive,

easy to use and meets customers’ needs

    • Designing for effective Self Service – not just replicating

current service; and

    • testing our services with the right customer groups to ensure we are providing them with what they need.
the current benefits adviser
The current Benefits Adviser
  • The Benefits Adviser provides eligibility advice and accurate signposting for the following benefits, pensions and credits that customers may be entitled to.
  • Maternity Allowance
  • Pension Credit
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Second Adult Rebate
  • Council Tax benefit
  • State Pension
  • Statutory Sick Pay
  • Statutory Adoption Pay
  • Statutory Maternity Pay
  • Statutory Paternity Pay
  • War Widow’s/Widower’s Allowance
  • Widowed Parents Allowance
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Bereavement Allowance
  • Bereavement Payment
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Child Benefit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Guardians Allowance
  • Housing Benefit
  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Income Support
the benefits adviser calculation and comparison
The Benefits Adviser - Calculation and Comparison
  • Will provide customers with a service that will:
  • Estimatetheir potential entitlement to 11 state benefits, pensions and credits which are:
  • Income Support
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Pension Credit
  • Second Adult Rebate
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Carers Allowance
  • Council Tax Benefit
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Benefit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Provide the facility for customers to compare changes in their circumstances to see if they would be better off in certain scenarios.
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The Benefits Adviser - Calculation and Comparison
  • The Benefits Adviser can be accessed from the Directgov Homepage under Money, tax and benefits.
  • The following screens are an example of how the Benefits Adviser works.
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