The Department for Work and Pensions Visiting Team can provide support visits for people who need help to claim benefits (e.g. individuals with disabilities).
This section explains how the process works for home visits, the eligibility criteria, and how to check if the person visiting you is genuine.
It is not uncommon for some people to need help making a benefit claim.
The solution could be a home visit conducted by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Visiting Team.
Under certain circumstances, their officers can visit you at your home, or elsewhere, and help you with your benefit claim.
Note: You would not be able to book, or arrange, support visits yourself.
The first step is to inform DWP that you need help to claim benefits. They will arrange a support visit if you meet the eligibility criteria.
In some cases, DWP might decide to refer your request for a support visit to one of the charitable organisations. Typical examples include Age UK or the Citizens Advice.
These type of assistance calls can take place at other locations besides your home. The most common example would be at a hospital. They would usually discuss the location with you when after the referral.
The arrangement of a visit, because you need extra help to claim benefits, would usually take place if you:
Support visits by the DWP are also available if someone you know is becoming an appointee to help you manage your benefits.
You would receive a phone call from the DWP Visiting Team. The purpose of this is to book a visit and inform you of what to expect. They will also give you details on how to contact them.
A letter sent to you after the phone call would confirm the booking. But, visits booked at short notice might take place before you receive the confirmation letter.
Note: You may get a mobile contact number if the visit will take place at your home. In this case, the team will also confirm the booking with a text message.
The DWP Visiting Team will give you some basic information before the support visit goes ahead, including:
The duration of support visits if you need help to claim benefits vary on a case by case basis. Thus, it would not be possible to state exactly how long they take.
You would be able to contact the DWP Visiting Team before the visit takes place if you have any questions. You can also call them if you want to:
Note: The number to call will be on the letter as well as the text message you receive from the officer. You can also contact Jobcentre Plus if you have difficulties.
The visiting officer will carry a photo identity card with them and they will show it to you when they arrive. That means you can check if it matches the name of the visiting officer in the letter you received from the DWP.
There is another way to check their identity. You can call the number on the letter (or the text message) and give them the visiting officer's name for confirmation.
How to Get Support Visits if You Need Help to Claim Your Benefits