Benefits & Welfare Reform Study day success

Posted 29th September 2013

Another well received Study Day, the 'Benefits & Welfare Update' sponsored by Irwin Mitchel and expertly  presented by Jacqueline Gardner was a great sucess as these reviews outline.

The recent study day on everchanging and complex area of benefits & Welfare Reform has been well received based on feedabck. The speed of reforms may mean this study becomes a permant fixture in the CMSUK study day aresenal.

You can read some of the reviews of the day day below. Many thanks to the reviwers for contributing theese reviews.

Held in the Irwin Mitchell offices in  Birmingham the  CMSUK Study Day on Benefits and Welfare Reform Update was well attended, hosted by Ruth Moore Client Liaison Manager Irwin Mitchell and all topics presented by Jacqueline Gardner,  Employment and Housing Solicitor for Derby City Council and Consultant tutor for Turn2 Us

It  was a filled agenda kicking off with an introduction to the Welfare Reform Act 2012,  with the main sessions relating to housing benefits , universal credits , ESA and PIP. It was a whistle stop tour and confirmed that the UK Benefit system is an intricate and complex beast.

Mention of the so called "bedroom tax" caused a lively debate with varying opinion and viewpoint from the delegates. Jacqueline made mention of some of the issues which could affect our clients in this respect i.e. the use of the extra bedroom for equipment storage or that a partner may have to sleep separately.

The  scores and descriptors for activity levels used to assess whether a claimant is entitled to benefit was also a hot topic and served to emphasis the anomalies that exist within the system and how open it is to interpretation by the assessor.

It  was clear that the government reforms have affected many of our clients, and will continue to do so when universal credits are rolled out. Jacqueline also highlighted that the appeal process for any of the benefits  is lengthy and complicated.

It was an informative and useful day ,covering all the topics was ambitious and Jacqueline did brilliantly keeping to time.

-Ella Cappell, Overland Health

“Just a note to say how well this event went and how much I appreciated it.  The speaker was so knowledgeable and although it was small numbers it meant that the intimacy enabled interaction all day long. At £40, it was the best value training event I have attended for a while!”

 - Helena Culshaw, Paddock Associates

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