Conferences and Events

Upcoming event

Universal credit: conditionality and sanctions

(North) Manchester - Thursday 17th November 2016
(South) London - Friday 9th December 2016

Universal credit represents the most significant reform of the welfare system in a generation, replacing six working age benefits with a single monthly payment. 

Rapidly increasing numbers of people are having to claim universal credit, with over 300,000 awards as of July 2016, and the roll out is set to gather pace over the coming months. Claimants of universal credit face a heavily revised regime of labour market requirements which have to be fulfilled in order to avoid a sanction.

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Past events

Welfare Rights Conference 2016
Universal Credit - next steps

Manchester Thursday 8 September 2016
London Friday 16 September 2016

Our 2016 Welfare Rights Conference focused on the challenges facing families as the roll out of Universal Credit accelerates.

Couples and Common Issues with Tax Credits and Child Benefit Seminar

Friday 1st July 2016
Wednesday 22nd of June 2016

This seminar explored a number of issues that trouble advisers and their clients with regard to tax credits and child benefit entitlement, with specific focus on the particular rules and practices around moving in and out of couples, or being wrongly thought to be in a couple.

Seminar - Using ESA ‘safeguarding and dispute procedures’

Wednesday 2 March 2016

This seminar examined how the DWP’s ‘safeguarding procedures’ can be used to assist vulnerable claimants dealing with common problems areas, and looked at what can be done to help reclaim ESA, or dispute decisions, following benefit refusals.

Seminar - Genuine Prospect of Work

Monday 16 November 2015

This seminar looked at the “Genuine Prospect of Work test” and explored the arguments and strategies that can be employed to challenge JSA refusals and take GPoW challenges to the higher courts.

Welfare Rights Conference 2015

North (Manchester) Thursday 3rd September

South (London) Friday 11th September

The conferences informed, analysed and sparked discussion about what we, in the welfare rights world, need to think about over the next 5 years and beyond. With a new government in place, with new ideas about the direction of social security, welfare rights advisers will be needed as much as ever before to assist and support clients through the maelstrom of change. As well as supporting our clients, we’ll also need to support each other to share strategies and knowledge as how best to adapt to a fast-changing world.

The Annual General Meeting of the Charity was held at 12pm on Thursday 4 December 2014 at The Lift, 45 White Lion Street, London N1 9PW

CPAG breakfast event: ‘In Conversation with Maggie Atkinson’ was held on Thursday, 25 September 2014.

The breakfast event was an opportunity to hear and discuss the views of one of the country’s leading advocates of children’s rights on whether the response to the financial crisis adequately protects the childhoods and life chances of children. CPAG trustee and former BBC Today programme journalist Kim Catcheside chaired. A CPAG members meeting followed the event.

Other Events

We also participate in, speak at and support other events that are relevant to our aims.

If you would like someone from CPAG to speak at your event please contact us, giving as much notice as possible.