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Welfare Benefits Advice

The Law Centre provides advice on social security law and offers representation at appeal hearings. We can advise on all benefits including:

Our service covers Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.

We have a Community Legal Service contract to provide specialist help in welfare benefits.

Click here for a list of papers to bring to the Law Centre when seeking Welfare Benefits Advice.


We welcome referrals from advice agencies and other organisations. 

How to contact us

You can contact us directly on our advice line number, 0117 9167722. If you get a recorded message it means we are answering another call but you can leave a message and an adviser will phone back usually the same day or as soon as possible afterwards

Fax: 0117 9248020
Minicom: 0117 9245573

Work with other organisations

We also carry out social policy work with other organisations:

Other useful websites

Please note: the rules relating to benefits change continually and as a result there is a great deal of out-of-date benefits information on the Internet, even on the sites of major national charities. Please treat all benefits information you encounter on the web with great caution, particularly if it hasn't been updated for months.

CAB Advice Guide. Basic benefits information from Citizens Advice.

Tribunals Service. The home of The Tribunals Service, the body which organises benefit appeal tribunal hearings.

Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). The DWP is the new name for the DSS. There is a great deal of very useful information on this site, including downloadable booklets about most benefits and also downloadable claim forms.

Upper Tribunals. This is the home of the Upper Tribunals, who hear appeals against First Tier Tribunal decisions

Benefits advice in your area

Direct Gov. This website provides an introduction to legal aid and contains information about how to get help or find an adviser.

Advice UK. Details of independent advice centres in your area. You can search for local advice agencies that give benefits advice.

Law Centres Federation. Contact details of your nearest Law Centre, where you may be able to get free advice and representation at appeals.

Citizens Advice Bureau local search. Visit this site to find the contact details of your nearest Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) if you live in England and Wales. CAB can provide information about benefits and some employ specialist welfare rights staff.

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