Welfare benefits explained for Trustees, Deputies and Attorneys. 10 June 2021
We are delighted that Amy Swinnerton from Renaissance Legal has agreed to share her expertise with us.
The world of welfare benefits is complex and confusing, for both professionals and their clients. When managing finances for a client or family member who receives welfare benefits, it’s crucial that your knowledge is up to date, especially when dealing with some of the trickier technical aspects, such as the effect on benefits of capital or the existence of a trust.
The webinar will include:
- Demystifying the benefits you are most likely to come across
- Which benefits are protected by the existence of a trust
- What responsibilities you have to the DWP or local council
- Benefits and capital
- Which trusts are best for protecting welfare benefits
- Being aware of the deprivation of capital rules
- What might go wrong. Common problems and helpful tips
Amy is a highly experienced welfare rights expert who is passionate about making the benefits system understandable.
Since gaining an LL.B. (Hons) Amy has worked in a variety of benefits settings. Including:
- Training / Policy Manager of an inner-city council Housing Benefit Service
- Manager of a London local authority Welfare Rights Team
- Social Welfare Team Leader and Caseworker
For the last 20 years, Amy has delivered training, casework support and consultancy in all areas of welfare benefits, for a wide range of clients. She specialises in working with those with disabilities – whether physical or sensory, those with learning disabilities or mental health needs.
She has been a Benefits Consultant with Renaissance Legal since 2018.
Her experience includes direct casework and advice to individuals and families, including representation at First Tier and Upper Tribunals and preparing cases for Judicial Review.