Hertfordshire law students volunteer for Stevenage welfare benefits appeals project

A pilot initiative from the University of Hertfordshire’s Law School and Citizens Advice Stevenage will offer students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience under the supervision of experienced welfare benefit specialists.

Running for an initial six-month period, the service will provide advice, casework and advocacy support to people wishing to appeal the refusal of welfare benefits to the First-tier Tribunal (Social Security and Child Support).

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Diana Kirsch, Associate Dean for Enterprise, Law School, University of Hertfordshire, said: “We are delighted to be working with Citizens’ Advice Stevenage on this project. The project will provide a much-needed service as there is huge unmet demand for welfare benefits advice since legal aid was cut for this area of work. The project will also provide our law students with a fantastic opportunity to put their legal knowledge into practice and gain new skills including interviewing clients and advocacy at the tribunal”.

For more information on the pilot, visit the University of Hertfordshire website.

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