Welfare Benefits is a straightforward, up-to-date and practical introduction to this rapidly changing and complex area of law. The book examines the social security system in England and Wales, together with the complex legislation that has developed piecemeal over a long period of time. It explains the major forms of benefit that are available and sets out how entitlement to each one is assessed. Readers are guided as to how to identify entitlement to a whole range of benefits through developing the skill of ‘claimant profiling’. There is a list of useful websites and resources, regular summaries of key points and numerous worked examples. At the end of each chapter, a profile of a typical recipient of each benefit is given. Calculations of means-tested benefits are set out clearly with detailed explanations.