Welfare Rights Conference 2019

Social security in Brexit Britain: navigating a changing landscape

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.

As always, there will be updates on the latest developments - including the treatment of mixed-age couples and the latest position on the migration of people onto universal credit - as well as an opportunity to hear from expert speakers, attend focused workshops and network and share ideas with advisers from across the country.


09.15 – 10.00   Arrival, registration, coffee and exhibition stand viewing

10:00 – 11.15   Host welcome and keynote speakers (tbc)

11.15 – 11.30   Refreshment break and viewing of exhibition stands

11.30 – 12.45   Workshops – morning session

12.45 – 13.30   Lunch and viewing of exhibition stands

13.30 – 14.45   Workshops – afternoon session

14.45 – 15.00   Refreshment break and viewing of exhibition stands

15.00 – 16.00   Panel discussion and Q&A


Delegates will have the opportunity to attend two workshops from the four listed below.

Brexit and Benefits
Rebecca Walker, Benefits for Migrants Handbook author and CPAG trainer. 

Advising EEA nationals, their family members and carers, on benefit entitlements has been made more complex by confusion over Brexit related changes, but for some, it has been simplified by the introduction of the EU Settlement Scheme.

This workshop aims to clear up confusions and clarify some of the current issues including:

  • The benefit consequences of a claimant obtaining Settled or Pre-Settled Status under the EU Settlement Scheme 
  • The most significant recent developments in legislation and caselaw
  • What is known of the way entitlements will change in the future

Migration to UC - the latest
Martin Williams, Welfare Rights Worker at CPAG, and Simon Osborne, Welfare Rights Worker at CPAG. 

This workshop reviews the latest on the migration to universal credit (UC) from legacy benefits. It concentrates on rules and practice regarding ‘managed’ migration of existing claimants of legacy benefits to UC, but also updates on the latest legal developments in ‘natural’ migration.

It looks at the current state of the law, DWP approaches to applying that law, and some of the likely key areas of interest/concern.

Topics covered will include:

  • Managed migration in law and practice – the regulations explained and how the DWP are operating the process in the initial piloting phase
  • Managed migration - in particular, claims, transitional protection and other key subject areas
  • Natural migration update – legal developments re: severely disabled claimants and ‘transitional payments’
Judicial Review: using the pre-action protocol to get what your client wants
Jessica Strode, Judicial Review Project Worker at CPAG

An increasing number of welfare benefit decisions are not open to appeal and fast paced and extensive welfare reform can result in poor decision making, delays and inaccurate guidance being issued to decision makers.

Using the judicial review pre-action protocol you can challenge decisions without a right of appeal, end delays for your clients, and enhance future decision making by improving decision making guidance - all without using a solicitor or going to court.

In this workshop we will look at:

  • When judicial review will succeed
  • The tools available to help you
  • What you can achieve by using the pre-action protocol
  • Where to turn for further support 
Mixed Aged Couples and UC
Manchester - Paul Treloar, Senior Technical Advice Support Officer at Age UK. London - Dan Norris, Head of Rights and Advice at CPAG

This workshop will look at the background to changes in the rules governing benefit claims for mixed-age couples that were introduced on 15 May 2019. We will examine the legislation introducing the changes as well as the savings provisions for couples already claiming Pension Credit and/or Housing Benefit, and will also have time to discuss common problems arising for people affected by the change.

Our Manchester venue is the University of Manchester Innovation Centre, Core Technology Facility, 46 Grafton Street, Manchester, M13 9NT. Our London venue is Herbert Smith Freehills, Exchange House, Primrose Street, London, EC2A 2EG.

Exhibition Space
We will have an exhibition space at our Manchester Conference, hosting exhibitors showcasing their work, products and services. If you are interested in exhibiting at our conference in Manchester, please email Sebastien at sclark@cpag.org.uk.

Booking a place
Delegate tickets, which include a choice of four expert workshops, teas, coffees, buffet lunch and conference materials, start from £145.35 for voluntary organisations and £188.10 for statutory and lawyers. To book place(s) please complete our online booking form here.