Our annual Welfare Rights Conference is staying online for 2021, with a range of expert-led workshops running across the whole week of the 29th of November.
Providing up-to-the-minute insights and information on some of the most pressing welfare rights issues, topics at this year’s event include:
- benefit entitlements for EEA nationals
- benefits for survivors
- personal independence payment in 2021
- the “retrospective verification” of UC awards made during the height of the pandemic
- the ‘substantial risk’ rule and WCA
With live Zoom workshops spread over five days, and with both morning and afternoon sessions to choose between, our hope is that the event continues to be accessible to as many people as possible.
FORMAT AND WORKSHOPS
By virtue of being online, our event this year will continue to offer access to lots more content than usual.
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 all 5 workshops, 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.
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.
Same PIP, different day: Personal Independence Payment in 2021
Carri Swann, welfare rights worker at CPAG
As the DWP considers the responses to its Disability Green Paper, it is a good time to reflect on what PIP looks like eight years after its introduction. During this workshop, we will look at the major case law from the last year and touch on some current issues about assessment, reviews, and medical evidence. Advisers should come away with new ideas for best practice both at the claim stage and when challenging decisions.
- Latest PIP case law
- What next for medical assessments
- Administrative review (LEAP) cases
- Lessons from the new Scottish Disability Payments
This workshop will take place on the morning of Monday 29th November (10.30am-12.00pm), and be repeated on the morning of Friday 3rd December (10.30am-12.00pm) and the morning of Tuesday 7th December (10.30am-12.00pm). Please note that the workshops on Monday 29th November and Friday 3rd December are now fully booked.
Unsettled: benefit entitlements for EEA nationals
Rebecca Walker - Benefits for Migrants Handbook author and CPAG trainer
The entitlements to benefits for EEA nationals, and their family members, continues to be complex and evolving. With regulations providing temporary protections ceasing to apply to many from 1 July 2021, a lack of detail on the rights of those who apply ‘late’ to the EU Settlement Scheme, and European claimants being notified their benefits may stop, it can be confusing to know how to advise.
This workshop will cover some current issues and assist advisers in identifying who can access key benefits in different circumstances such as:
- EEA nationals who missed the deadline to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme
- Claimants with pre-settled status
- Family members who arrive in the UK in 2021
This workshop will take place on the afternoon of Monday 29th November (2.00pm-3.30pm), and be repeated on the afternoon of Tuesday 30th November (2.00pm-3.30pm) and the afternoon of Thursday 9th December (2.00pm-3.30pm). Please note that the workshops on Monday 29th November and Tuesday 30th November are now fully booked.
'Substantial risk' and the WCA
Simon Osborne, welfare rights worker at CPAG
This workshop will look at the 'substantial risk' rule that applies in the work capability assessment (WCA) for universal credit and employment and support allowance. It will look at the law, some key concepts about the rule and consider how caselaw has thrown light on how the rule should be applied by both decision-makers and appeal tribunals. Attendees will have a chance to share experience on what happens in practice.
Topics featured will include:
- 'substantial risk' - what does the law say?
- what are the key issues and concepts that arise from the law?
- caselaw including recent decisions from the Upper Tribunal
This workshop will take place on the morning of Wednesday 1st December (10.30am-12.00pm), and be repeated on the morning of Thursday 2nd December (10:30am-12:00pm) and the morning of Wednesday 8th December (10.30am-12.00pm). Please note that the workshops on Wednesday 1st December and Thursday 2nd December are now fully booked.
“Retrospective Verification” of UC Awards made during the height of the pandemic: issues and challenges
Claire Hall, lawyer at CPAG and Martin Williams, welfare rights worker at CPAG
About 900,000 awards of universal credit made during the height of the pandemic were subsequently subject to “retrospective verification”. That process involved the DWP checking whether the award was validly made, often by asking the claimant to provide additional (or duplicate) information.
In many cases, failure, for whatever reason, to provide that information, seems to have led to the award being revised and ended with effect from when it was made - resulting in large overpayments.
This workshop will:
- Examine what is known about how retrospective verification operated.
- Consider possible legal arguments which can be deployed in appeals against these revision decisions.
This workshop will take place on the afternoon of Wednesday 1st December (2.00pm-3.30pm), and be repeated on the afternoon of Thursday 2nd December (2.00pm-3.30pm).
Benefits for survivors
Owen Polley, welfare rights worker at CPAG
CPAG’s Survivors Welfare Advice Project launched in June as a service to advise professionals in the domestic abuse sector on their clients’ benefit issues. Our experiences so far have allowed us to gain valuable insight into the difficulties being faced by survivors in the welfare system.
In this workshop we look at some of the key problem areas, identify possible solutions and discuss what needs to change.
Topics considered will include:
- Housing costs in absence and the intention to return
- Students experiencing domestic abuse
- The benefit cap and application of the grace period
- EEA nationals fleeing abuse
- When evidence is required from the perpetrator
This workshop will take place on the morning of Tuesday 30th November (10.30am-12.00pm), and be repeated on the afternoon of Friday 3rd December (2.00pm-3.30pm).
BOOKING A PLACE
Delegate tickets - which provide access to two live workshops, time-limited access to recordings of all 5 workshops, and keynote recordings from a number of guest speakers - start from £135.50 for voluntary organisations and £184 for statutory organisations.
Please note that bookings for this event are now closed.