Universal Credit: Conditionality Considered

 London – Friday 21 June 2019

 Manchester – Wednesday 26 June 2019

 Time: 12:30 - 16:30

UC seminar


Much has changed since CPAG’s previous seminar dealing with this topic in November 2016, and it is time for a review of the current position.

This seminar will look at:

  • Issues that can arise with claimant commitments:
    • Defences to UC awards ending or claims being refused for failure to accept a commitment.
    • Relationship of claimant commitment to the imposition of work related requirements and sanctions
  • Discussion on making use of the procedural safeguards protecting claimants from sanctions in challenging sanction decisions, including:
    • “the prior information requirement”
    • the need for a work related requirement to be “imposed” in order to apply
    • the need for clear communication of compliance conditions
    • complex needs
  • Prospects for test cases against sanction regime - including:
    • CPAG’s project to gather evidence that requirements are being imposed in a “one size fits all” manner and potential remedies
    • the lack of a good reason avenue for challenging length of sanctions
    • sanctions acquired when in the all work group carrying on when claimant moves group


Relevant training materials and lunch are provided and the seminar carries three CPD hours.


The Manchester seminar venue is Garden Court North Chambers, 3rd Floor, Blackfriars House, Parsonage, Manchester, M3 2JA

The London seminar venue is Resource for London, 356 Holloway Rd, London N7 6PA


Lynsey Dalton is a trainee solicitor at CPAG, under the Justice First Fellowship scheme. She has over 10 years’ experience in Welfare Rights, having previously worked as a Benefits Debt and Money Adviser at the Royal British Legion and written for the Disability Rights Handbook.

Martin Williams is a welfare rights worker at CPAG. He is widely experienced in representing claimants at both levels within the tribunal system, having worked in the appeals team at Lasa from 2001 until 2008. He is currently an author of CPAG's Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit: the legislation.

Ros White works as an editor for rightsnet. She also works as a freelance writer on social security issues and has many years of experience in providing welfare rights advice and representing claimants at both the First-tier and Upper Tribunals.

Booking a place

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Booking prices start from £109.25 for voluntary organisations and £152.00 for statutory and lawyers.