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Social Security Law & Practice Conference 2020: A Decade of Change

21st October, 2020 | 10:00am

This year we have made some very exciting new changes to the conference. We thought hard about how we can ensure our conference not only continues but also provides excellent value for delegates. As a result, we have moved this year’s conference entirely online and spreading the programme over three mornings of exciting events.

When: Wednesday 21 – Friday 23 October
Where:
Online webinars
Cost: £55 (members) | £65 (non members) | £20 (students)
Book: Book online

This will be our most ambitious programme to date and will give you the flexibility to access informed discussions and expert learning sessions remotely.

Draft Programme

Day 1: Social Security 2010–2020: A Changed and Changing Landscape
Wednesday 21 October, 10am - 12:30pm

Conference Opening:
Carál Ní Chuilín (Minister for Communities)

Plenary Session:
Koulla Yiasouma (NICCY)
Janet Hunter (Housing Rights)
Les Allamby (NIHRC)

Practitioner Workshops:
Housing benefit and universal credit
Current legal issues
Tackling disparate impact: The impact on women

Day 2: Current Priorities
Thursday 22 October, 10am - 12:30pm

Key Note Speaker:
Iain Porter (Joseph Rowntree Foundation)

Plenary Session:
Marie Cavanagh (Independent Review of PIP in NI)
Margaret Kelly (NI Public Services Ombudsman)
Professor Gráinne McKeever (Social Security Advisory Committee)

Practitioner Workshops:
Ending food poverty
Personal independence payment
Advising NRPF clients

Day 3: Addressing the Challenges Ahead
Friday 23 October, 10am - 1pm

Key Note Speaker:
Patrick Butler (Social Policy Editor, The Guardian)

Plenary Session:
Kerry Logan (The Cliff Edge Coalition)
Dr Natalie Byrom (The Legal Education Foundation)
Dr Jim McCormick (Joseph Rowntree Foundation)

Practitioner Workshops:
Cross border issues
Disability benefits: The Scottish experience
Reforming universal credit

MLA Session

Conference closing remarks

Bookings online through Eventbrite. For more information, please contact info@lawcentreni.org, or complete the contact form below.

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