Advisers discuss benefit changes at Law Centre meeting
This week at the Law Centre, well attended social security practitioner meetings discussed changes to residence rules for benefit claimants.
Participants at the Belfast and Western Area meetings came from Advice NI, Belfast City Council, Ark Housing Association, Shankill CAB, Bryson Energy, Wolfhill Advice Centre, Ballynafeigh Community Development Association, Falls CAB Royal Victoria Hospital Outreach team, South City Resource and Development Centre, Ligoniel Improvement Association, North Belfast Advice Partnership, Strabane CAB, NICEM North West and Resource Centre Derry.
Law Centre legal advisers started with a presentation on changes to benefit rules affecting migrants and people returning to Northern Ireland after absences abroad.
The changes affect UK citizens as well as migrants. They have not yet been considered by the courts and it remains to be seen whether all of the new amendments are compatible with EU law.
The presentation was followed by lively discussions on related issues encountered by frontline advisers in their day-to-day advice work.
We also covered test case issues and common problems on DLA and ESA.
If you missed it
If you were not able to attend, you can see the presentation here:
and read the related briefing here:
Practitioner meetings are free and are organised quarterly to provide updates to social security advisers in Belfast and the West.
The Law Centre is always interested in hearing from advisers about problems encountered and cases relating to policy issues arising from these changes. We welcome new participants at practitioner meetings, and we would also like to encourage member advisers to ring our advice line with any queries.