DASL Advice Service

DASL Advice Service

DASL's Advice Service is particularly for people with mental health problems. We also assist other Disabled adults and young disabled people under 18 but we are a small service and cannot always take on new cases. We hold the Advice Quality Standard at the General Help with Casework level in welfare benefits and the Disability client category (covering benefits, debt and housing advice).


Our Senior Advice Worker is Maureen Bello. Maureen joined us in August 2018 and is covering the post while Emma Davila takes maternity leave until August 2019. Maureen works on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Maureen introduces herself:

“I studied law and was called to the Bar in 2010, however I am not a practising barrister. For the last 8 years I have specialised in welfare benefits, working in various capacities. This includes specialist welfare benefit organisations, law centres and housing associations. I have developed specialist knowledge on all aspects of welfare benefits and welfare reform. I also undertake welfare benefit casework and represent clients at tribunal appeal hearings. Working both in and out of London I have assisted clients with Universal Credit matters and have developed various methods to help tenants and staff members cope with this new benefit. I intend to do the same here at DASL and look forward to assisting clients with the transition to Universal Credit, in addition to providing support and advice on all other relevant matters with the aim of building confidence and maximising clients’ income to ensure they are not financially excluded”.

Our service can help with advice casework on welfare benefits and other issues such as debt, housing, community care, accessible transport services (such as Freedom Passes, Blue Badges and Taxicards) and Emergency Support Scheme and charitable grant applications.

Please note that we do not have the capacity to accompany clients to ESA and PIP medical assessments.

You can access this service through the DASL Enquiry Line on 020 7738 5656 or by .

You can download an information sheet here, which gives you a list of free advice services and drop-ins around the borough.

When we cannot help you ourselves we will suggest that you contact One Lambeth Advice or Lambeth Council’s Every Pound Counts service or Advising London. if you are an older or disabled person or a carer and need help with welfare benefits or tax credits.