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Benefit Reforms: Are You Ready?


The law on welfare benefits is changing and, as legal aid for the majority of family law cases has been cut, it is ever more important for family lawyers to have a thorough understanding of how these changes will impact upon their clients.

CPAG is the leading social security law organisation in the UK and they frequently advise and provide support to family lawyers in areas such as welfare benefits and welfare rights.

This introductory seminar will discuss:

  • The replacement of the various different means tested benefits that cover adults’ daily living expenses, housing costs, child care costs and living expenses for children with universal credit: a single means tested benefit;
  • The timetable for the introduction of universal credit;
  • Some common benefit issues that arise in cases of family breakdown and how they are likely to be affected by universal credit, including:
  • the effect of receipt of capital from the sale of a former matrimonial home on benefit entitlement;
  • other issues about property ownership including the effect on benefit entitlement in cases of:
    - jointly owned property;
    - contributions from former partner towards housing costs;
  • shared care arrangements and benefit entitlement (including issues
    arising as a result of the “bedroom tax”);
  • effect of child maintenance and spousal maintenance on
  • Implications of the “benefit cap” for newly formed families with children from two previous relationships.
2 hours
CPD points:
£72 (inc VAT) Resolution members, £96 (inc VAT) non-members
How to book:

Please download, complete and return the booking form with cheque to Resolution Central office, PO BOX 302, Orpington, Kent, BR6 8QX or DX 154460 Petts Wood 3.

If you have any enquiries please contact central office on 01689 820272 or

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