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- Welfare Rights Conference 2020 - Social Security in a Rapidly Changing World
Welfare Rights Conference 2020 - Social Security in a Rapidly Changing World
Please note that bookings for this event are now closed.
Our annual Welfare Rights Conference is moving online for 2020 and going virtual during the week of the 23rd November.
With a selection of online workshops to choose from, exploring topics as diverse as Benefits after the end of Free Movement to Benefits and Covid-19, the event will provide practical, up-to-date information to help both advisers and their clients survive the impact of all the current circumstances and changes.
Our event this year will take full advantage of the benefits of digitalisation to provide delegates with access to more content than ever before!
With five different workshops to choose from, a conference ticket provides access to two live workshops – both selected at the time of booking - each lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes.
In addition, delegates will receive time-limited access to recordings of the 3 workshops they don’t attend, for over 5 hours of content in total, together with full notes and slides from each workshop and keynote recordings from a number of guest speakers too.
A conference ticket enables access to two live workshops, from the five listed below, with all live sessions taking place during the week commencing the 23rd November.
Live workshops are held via Zoom, to maintain the interactivity of a classroom, whilst pre-recorded versions of all 5 workshops will be made available to ticket holders in the week after the live sessions have concluded.
Please note that workshop selections are made at the time of booking, and filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
‘Migration to UC’
Simon Osborne, welfare rights worker at CPAG
This workshop will look at where we are now regarding ‘migration’ of current claimants of legacy benefits to universal credit Focussing on recent developments and issues, the workshop will cover:
- Migration to UC and coronavirus – what has changed?
- The SDP gateway – closure and consequences
- ‘Natural’ migration and legal challenge
Is that it? Deductions from UC
Dan Norris, head of advice and rights and Rosie Mears, welfare rights worker at CPAG
40% of universal credit claimants have their awards reduced by an average of £60 per month. During this workshop we will examine the rules and practice governing deductions for third party debt, hardship payments, overpayments and advances from universal credit awards.
- Which liabilities can a deduction be taken for
- Maximum amounts
- Priorities between debts
- What claimants can do to vary deductions
Benefits and Covid-19: A New Normal
Sabrina Dubash, welfare rights worker at CPAG
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our world and daily lives. Millions more are reliant on benefits due to the impact of COVID-19. In this workshop we will look at the changes made to social security rules and practice in response to the pandemic.
- Changes to UC, ESA and SSP
- How the work support schemes interact with the benefits system.
- Procedural changes made to the benefits system including disability benefit processes and tribunal procedure.
There will also be opportunity to discuss the challenges that advisors face when supporting claimants during this time.
Please note this workshop will not cover COVID-19 related benefit rules which apply only in Scotland. For more information on COVID-19 provisions specific to Scotland, see our AskCPAG briefings or our training course on Coronavirus and benefits – sickness, furlough and redundancy (Scotland), taking place on the 11th December.
Judicial Review: using the pre-action protocol to achieve results
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:
- An introduction to the judicial review pre-action protocol and what you can achieve using it
- An overview of the CPAG tools available to assist you and where to turn for further support
- Real life examples of when judicial review has been effective in resolving intractable welfare rights problems quickly and without going to court
- Two instances where it has not been possible to resolve issues using the pre-action protocol and the steps CPAG are taking: (1) HMRC’s refusal to award retrospective tax credits to a recently recognised refugee and (2) DWP’s refusal to pay universal credit advance to a claimant who has applied for but not yet received a national insurance number.
Benefits after the end of Free Movement
Rebecca Walker - Benefits for Migrants Handbook author and CPAG trainer
With many EEA nationals, and their family members, currently relying on their European free movement right to reside to access benefits, what will happen when free movement is ended in 2021?
This workshop will set out what we know about the rules that are expected to apply from as soon as January 1st. This will help advisers prepare, by addressing questions such as:
- What will the rules be for EEA nationals who arrive in the UK from January 2021?
- What about EEA nationals already claiming benefits in the UK?
- What if my client has not yet obtained Settled Status under the EU Settlement Scheme?