Welfare Benefits

The Law Centre offers a specialist advice service on social security law and offers representation at appeal hearings.

What we do

We can advise on all social security law, including entitlement to benefits, backdating, suspensions & overpayments.

Benefits dealt with include:

  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Pension Credit
  • Universal Credit
  • Carer's Allowance
  • Housing Benefit
  • Council Tax Benefit
  • Tax Credits
  • Industrial Injuries Benefit

What we do not do

  • We do not assist with the completion of benefit forms apart from Disability Living Allowance and Attendance Allowance.
  • We do not have the expertise to deal with Child Support Agency queries.

 

Advocacy and representation - What we do

The Law Centre specialises in advocacy and representation. This work includes:

  • Advocacy and representation before all Social Security Appeal Tribunals
  • Representation before Social Security Commissioners and higher appeal courts
  • Judicial review proceedings
  • Complex cases referred to us by other voluntary agencies, advice services and solicitors
  • Advice and representation on all social security law, including entitlement to all benefits (except Child Support Agency), backdating, suspensions and overpayments
  • Representation at all appeals covering disability living allowance, attendance allowance, incapacity for work and all other benefits

We will also check whether there are any benefits or tax credits you are entitled to that you are not getting

Advocacy and representation - What we do not do

We do not represent cases involving Interviews under Caution as this falls under Criminal Law; however, we work closely with solicitors that deal with these cases and assist with the benefits issues