Annual Welfare Rights Conference

20 May 2014

We now have very limited places left for our conference in Glasgow on Friday 13 June.

Coming only three months before the independence vote, this conference will provide an opportunity to hear what the competing visions for Scotland’s constitutional future mean for the social security system, advisers and claimants themselves. Against a backdrop of massive cuts to benefits and tax credits, a forecast explosion in child poverty and ongoing welfare reform, advisers will have a unique opportunity to help put welfare rights at the heart of the referendum debate.

However, existing changes in social security also pose immediate challenges. This conference will give delegates a chance to hear about the latest bedroom tax, employment and support allowance, residence test and appeals tactics developments. With important aspects of welfare provision already devolved, it will help you ensure your clients get the financial support they are entitled to from every level of government.

Our keynote speakers are:

  • Martyn Evans, Chair of the Scottish Government’s Expert Working Group on Welfare and Constitutional Reform and Chief Executive, Carnegie Trust.
  • Professor Jim Gallagher, Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford and Visiting Professor of Government at Glasgow University. Adviser to the Better Together campaign.


  • Bedroom tax one year on
  • Employment and support allowance: caselaw developments
  • The Hunger Game: sanctions, short-term benefit advances and the Scottish Welfare Fund
  • The past presence, the future: changes to residence and presence tests
  • Social Security tribunals: their role after mandatory reconsideration
  • Welfare reform: the impact on children and services

In the afternoon broadcaster and journalist Keith Aitken will chair a lively panel debate on the competing visions for Scotland’s constitutional future and what they hold for the future of the social security system, advisers and claimants themselves.

         Panelists include:

  • Patrick Harvie, MSP (Scottish Green Party)
  • Michael McMahon, MSP(Scottish Labour)
  • Councillor Robert Brown (Liberal Democrat)
  • Scottish Government Minister (tbc)

Find out more and book your place here.