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Welfare Rights Cases

The Centre specialises in appeals to the First Tier Tribunal (Social Security and Asylum Support), Upper Tribunal, and Judicial Review cases.  Frontline workers can telephone for consultancy on welfare rights issues on Tuesdays between 10am and 1pm and Wednesdays between 10am and 3pm.

Our welfare rights service is funded by Southwark Council, Southwark Tenants Fund and United St. Saviours Charity (USTS)

The project funded by USTS is focused on supporting residents in the North of the Borough migrating onto Universal Credit

Examples of cases we may take on

  • Judicial Reviews such as cases involving unreasonable delay, unreasonable requests for documents (for example - the documents do not exist) breach of a statutory duty, or decisions with no appeal rights
  • Appeals on a point of law to the Upper Tribunal or Court of Appeal
  • Cases involving the right to reside, habitual residence test or issues of European law
  • Complex cases or cases including current legal issues such as the Bedroom Tax or benefit cap cases
  • Benefit problems for asylum seekers including NASS applications or appeals
  • Appeals to the First Tier Tribunals. These could involve underpayment, overpayment and refusal of Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance, Disablement Benefits
  • Housing Benefit Problems including revisions and supersessions
  • Social Fund Reviews
  • Council Tax Reduction problems, for example - overpayments and  underpayments
  • Disputes and appeals regarding Tax Credit Awards including overpayments and underpayments

Cases we cannot deal with

  • Form filling, renewal claims, social fund applications, child support cases. social security fraud and criminal matters

For more information and to find more advice please click here.

Universal Credit FAQs

Click here for frequently asked questions on Universal Credit.

Please contact sally.causer@southwarklaw centre.org.uk if your organisation or Tenants group would like a workshop on Universal Credit issues.