Conferences and Events

Upcoming events
Welfare Rights Conference 2019

Manchester – Thursday 12 September 2019

London – Friday 27 September 2019

This year’s conference focuses on the impact of Brexit and continuing uncertainty on EU citizens to help advisers navigate this difficult territory. It also highlights effective ways to challenge decisions, including through judicial review.

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Past events

Universal Credit: Conditionality Considered

London – Friday 21 June 2019

Manchester – Wednesday 26 June 2019

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Universal Credit: (Un)managed Migration Update

London – Tuesday 19 March 2019

Manchester – Thursday 21 March 2019 - SOLD OUT

This seminar looked at the “unmanaged” migration to universal credit experienced by increasing numbers of claimants, and examined the practical steps that can be taken to prevent or mitigate the harm caused and what aspects of the process can be challenged legally.

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Computer says ‘No!’ Universal Credit: Challenging Decisions and Protecting the Rights of Claimants

London – Tuesday 20 November 2018 (FULLY BOOKED)

Manchester – Tuesday 27 November 2018 (FULLY BOOKED)

This seminar will look at some of the issues specific to universal credit that arise in connection with the rules on revision (mandatory reconsideration), supersession and appeal topics.
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Conference - Universally discredited – How can we make the failing universal credit work for families?

Manchester – Thursday 13 September

London – Friday 28 September 

This year's conference focused on the growing avalanche of evidence that universal credit (UC) is pushing thousands of children and their families further into poverty.
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Seminar - Universal credit: “Making work(ers) pay?”

Manchester – Thursday 12 July

London – Friday 20 July

This seminar provided an opportunity to look at some of the legal and practical issues surrounding universal credit and work, with many of those caught up in the new system finding work more difficult.

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Universal credit and paying for housing – challenging issues

Manchester – Wednesday 28 March 2018 

London – Thursday 29 March 2018

This half-day seminar looked at some of the challenges surrounding universal credit and paying for housing, and focused on recent changes to the rules and problem solving some of the particular issues that arise for tenants.

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Universal Credit – full steam ahead

Universal credit “full service” is rolling out at an increasing pace. This informative half-day seminar looked at some of the issues that arise in areas transitioning to full service.

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Universal Credit – Understanding and Managing the Risks for Families

Manchester Thursday 7 September 2017 
London Thursday 14 September 2017

Our 2017 annual conference focused on the risks facing families as the roll out of Universal Credit continued.

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Two Child Limit – Implementation, Challenges and the Policy Context

London Thursday 22 June 2017

This seminar examined the two child limit in tax credits and means-tested benefits and its inevitable impact on child poverty.

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Right to Reside for Children and their Primary Carers

Manchester - Thursday 30th of March 2017

The seminar focused on the particular ways in which a person may have a right to reside, sufficient to claim benefits because of a right of residence which a child they care for has.

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Universal credit: conditionality and sanctions

Manchester - Thursday 17th of November 2016
London - Friday 9th of December 2016

The seminar examined the conditionality rules that are applied to claimants in the most beneficial way for them, as well as remedies for when things go wrong.

Welfare Rights Conference 2016
Universal Credit - next steps

Manchester Thursday 8 September 2016
London Friday 16 September 2016

Our 2016 Welfare Rights Conference focused on the challenges facing families as the roll out of Universal Credit accelerates.

Couples and Common Issues with Tax Credits and Child Benefit Seminar

Friday 1st July 2016
Wednesday 22nd of June 2016

This seminar explored a number of issues that trouble advisers and their clients with regard to tax credits and child benefit entitlement, with specific focus on the particular rules and practices around moving in and out of couples, or being wrongly thought to be in a couple.

Seminar - Using ESA ‘safeguarding and dispute procedures’

Wednesday 2 March 2016

This seminar examined how the DWP’s ‘safeguarding procedures’ can be used to assist vulnerable claimants dealing with common problems areas, and looked at what can be done to help reclaim ESA, or dispute decisions, following benefit refusals.

Seminar - Genuine Prospect of Work

Monday 16 November 2015

This seminar looked at the “Genuine Prospect of Work test” and explored the arguments and strategies that can be employed to challenge JSA refusals and take GPoW challenges to the higher courts.

Welfare Rights Conference 2015

North (Manchester) Thursday 3rd September

South (London) Friday 11th September

The conferences informed, analysed and sparked discussion about what we, in the welfare rights world, need to think about over the next 5 years and beyond. With a new government in place, with new ideas about the direction of social security, welfare rights advisers will be needed as much as ever before to assist and support clients through the maelstrom of change. As well as supporting our clients, we’ll also need to support each other to share strategies and knowledge as how best to adapt to a fast-changing world.

The Annual General Meeting of the Charity was held at 12pm on Thursday 4 December 2014 at The Lift, 45 White Lion Street, London N1 9PW

CPAG breakfast event: ‘In Conversation with Maggie Atkinson’ was held on Thursday, 25 September 2014.

The breakfast event was an opportunity to hear and discuss the views of one of the country’s leading advocates of children’s rights on whether the response to the financial crisis adequately protects the childhoods and life chances of children. CPAG trustee and former BBC Today programme journalist Kim Catcheside chaired. A CPAG members meeting followed the event.

Other Events

We also participate in, speak at and support other events that are relevant to our aims.

If you would like someone from CPAG to speak at your event please contact us, giving as much notice as possible.