The next meeting of the Greater Manchester Strategic Casework Group will take place on Wednesday the 21st of March 2018. It is a game of two halves and the agenda currently looks as follows:
10:00am to 13:00pm
Garden Court North Chambers, Blackfriars House, Parsonage, Manchester, M3 2JA
1) ‘Rutherford’ and ‘Bedroom Tax’. The case taken to the Supreme Court.
Sangeeta Enright, formerly caseworker at Ridley and Hall, (solicitors) and Tom Royston of Garden Court Chambers.
2) Update on ‘ripple-bob’ [working title] – proposal for a share and refer digital platform (and not a discussion on near space astronomical object!).
Jo Chimes, Equality Project Lead at Rossendale Citizens Advice.
3) Attendees brief activity
4) ‘Small claims courts’ and compensation for claimants, using duties under the Equality Act 2010 – Kester Dean.
5) Update on some recent JR applications over Universal Credit and current Court of Appeal stage in the argument regarding applying the Human Rights Act to social security appeals by way of the Carmichael case – Lucy Cadd from Leigh Day solicitors.
6) Cases and issues update, including disputes over reasonableness of home visits for claim assessments.
7) Any other business.
Details of what we’re doing in the afternoon will have already been circulated to the small select group of invitees (that’s got you intrigued :)). More information as we have it.
For those new to the Strategic Casework Group, its purposes are:
- use a strategic approach to stop wrong and harmful decisions and actions by the DWP, its agents, and HMRC, alongside revisions and appeals
- share experience, knowledge and practice as widely as possible
- use the Equality Act 2010, public law duties and human rights legislation
- promote the take up of this approach, with advisors and others
- produce strategic casework materials, provide training, and develop process for referrals to specialist legal advice and representation