Scotland Welfare Rights Conference (Glasgow) 6 October 2020
The continued roll out of universal credit, a ratcheting up in the scale of benefits being delivered by Social Security Scotland and Brexit-related benefit changes are all making 2020 another busy year for welfare rights workers and all those providing advice to struggling families.
Welfare Rights 2020 provides a unique opportunity to learn all about the latest developments in social security at every level, giving you the tools to maximise the incomes of the people you work with. It will also give you a chance to join discussion with political leaders, social security experts and policy makers to discuss these developments, with a focus this year on how far universal credit is proving fit for families.
09:30 Arrival, registration and exhibition stand viewing
10:00 Setting the scene - John Dickie, Director of CPAG in Scotland
Keynote speaker - Shirley-Anne Somerville, Cabinet Secretary for Social Security, Scottish Government (invited)
11:00 Refreshment break
11:15 Workshops - morning session
12:30 Lunch and exhibition stand viewing
13:30 Workshops - afternoon session
14:45 Refreshment break
15:00 Plenary session: Universal credit - is it proving fit for families?
Torsten Bell, Chief Executive, Resolution Foundation
Alison Garnham, Chief Executive, Child Poverty Action Group
16:00 Final remarks and close
Booking a place
The cost of a delegate place, including lunch and conference materials is £199, or £189.05 if you are a CPAG member. To book a place please complete the booking form above.
We will have an exhibition space hosting exhibitors showcasing their work, products and services. The exhibition package includes;
One exhibitor place
Attendance at all conference sessions including an AM and PM workshop
A 4 foot table, table cloth and chair
Lunch and refreshments
The cost of an exhibition package is £290 (plus VAT). Please note each additional person wishing to attend must book a separate delegate place.
If you are interested in exhibiting at our conference please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Universal credit and migration – the latest
Simon Osborne, Welfare Rights Worker, CPAG
Claimants of the current ‘legacy’ means-tested benefits and tax credits can end up on universal credit (UC) instead, sometimes against their intention, having undergone ‘migration’ to UC.
This workshop provides an update and takes a look at some critical issues, including: the latest on ‘natural’ migration in particular the ‘SDP gateway’ and case-law development regarding severely disabled claimants; what is happening in the testing of ‘managed’ migration; and key future points for claimants and advisers.
Universal credit – counting earnings
Jon Shaw, Welfare Rights Worker, CPAG in Scotland
Has your client’s universal credit (UC) stopped following a report to HMRC from their employer? Are you wondering what on earth the surplus earnings rule is? Are your self-employed clients struggling with UC? This technical workshop looks in detail at some of the situations in which the UC rules depart from how much income someone actually earned in an assessment period.
We will discuss what your clients can do if the rules may have been applied incorrectly.
Who cares? What helps? Informing policy on devolved carers’ benefits
Barbara Donegan, Welfare Rights Worker, CPAG in Scotland
Ed Pybus, Welfare Rights Worker, CPAG in Scotland
Jen Gracie, Policy and Parliamentary Officer, CPAG in Scotland
The devolution of parts of the social security system to the Scottish Government has provided an opportunity to influence policy on disability benefits and benefits for carers.
This workshop will be an opportunity for advisers and policy workers to consider how carers’ benefits could more effectively support carers in Scotland, and to look at the contribution carers’ benefits can make to reducing child poverty in Scotland. This workshop will help inform CPAG's own policy work in this area.
Brexit and benefits – how are entitlements changing for EEA nationals?
Rebecca Walker, Benefits for Migrants Handbook author and CPAG trainer
Brexit-related changes have already affected access to key benefits for some EEA nationals, their families and carers due to the EU Settlement Scheme. In the longer term, entitlements are expected to become more restricted, but how, when, and who will be most affected?
This workshop aims to clarify some of the current and future issues including the benefit consequences of getting Settled or Pre-Settled Status and what is known of the way entitlements may change, when, and how.
Disability payments for children – changes in Scotland
Alison Gillies, Welfare Rights Worker, CPAG in Scotland
Angela Toal, Welfare Rights Worker, CPAG in Scotland
Starting from summer 2020, disability living allowance (DLA) for children will be devolved to Scotland and will be administered by Social Security Scotland. While the new Scottish benefit, called child disability payment, will have many similarities to DLA, we expect some important differences.
This workshop provides an opportunity to learn about child disability payment, when and how it will be introduced, as well as some time to consider how the changes might affect your clients.
How can you use judicial review to get what your client wants
Jessica Strode, Judicial Review Project Worker, CPAG
Lynsey Dalton, Trainee Solicitor, CPAG
How do you deal with benefit decisions and delays that are not open to appeal? Using a judicial review letter-before-action you can challenge decisions without a right of appeal and end delays for your clients without using a solicitor or going to court.
This workshop looks at what you can achieve by using judicial review, when it can succeed without going to court and what tools are available to help you.
There is also an update on CPAG’s current test case work, which will demonstrate judicial review proceedings in practice.
Scottish child payment
Mark Willis, Welfare Rights Worker, CPAG in Scotland
The Scottish Government has committed to topping-up means-tested benefits by £10 a week per child, starting with families with a child under 6 by Christmas 2020, extending to families with a child under 16 by the end of 2022. It estimates that the Scottish child payment will lift 30,000 children out of poverty and reduce the relative child poverty rate by 3 percentage points. With Scottish child payment potentially reaching nearly half of all children in Scotland.
This workshop looks in more detail at how it will work and what impact it will have.
Terminal illness and benefits – new special rules in Scotland
Ali Lord, Welfare Rights Worker, CPAG in Scotland
Greg Brown, Benefits Adviser, Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre
What is BASRiS? Benefit claims from terminally people are dealt with under ‘special rules’ which fast track claims to higher rates of benefit. This workshop looks at the new process being introduced for Scottish disability benefits – ‘Benefits Assessment under Special Rules in Scotland’ or BASRiS for short.
The workshop also considers current issues with the way the DWP deals with claims from terminally ill people for benefits such as personal independence payment.