FREE LEGAL ADVICE – SWANSEA LAW CLINIC

Do you need confidential legal advice? Not sure where to start?

We are now taking appointment bookings for Swansea Law Clinic, which will be open from 30th October 2017.

Swansea Law Clinic gives:

FREE initial advice and assistance to staff, students and members of the public via students under the supervision of members of staff and volunteer local lawyers.

We can help with:
• Benefits advice
• Consumer issues
• Contracts
• Employment issues
• Equality issues
• Landlord & tenant disputes
• Negligence
• Relationship breakdown

Clinic appointments
Time – Tuesdays 11.00 – 13.30 during term-time
Duration – approximately 45 minutes
Location – Swansea University Legal Centre based in the College of Law and Criminology, Richard Price Building, Singleton Park Campus, Swansea University, SA2 8PP.
Appointments will be given on a first-come-first-served basis
To book an appointment email LawClinic@Swansea.ac.uk or call 01792 295399
Please note:
We cannot take appointments for issues that concern immigration, criminal law, will writing, tax and debt. We also cannot assist any person wishing to pursue a claim against the University, its governors, employees or students. Nor can we assist in claims that may create a conflict of interest for our supervising law firms. We reserve the right not to give advice in any particular case.
The Swansea Law Clinic is not regulated by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority and does not claim to be a solicitors’ practice. All law students participating receive thorough training and adhere to the Pro Bono Protocol.




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MEET FAMILY HOUSING’S FINANCIAL & WELFARE OFFICER

At Family Housing we understand that you may experience financial problems and paying your rent. You may also find you need support to budget for the most important costs in your life, like rent, food and heating.

We have a dedicated Financial and Welfare Worker who is able to help you if you’re struggling to pay for these things, he can make sure you are receiving the correct benefits, getting discounts on things like council tax and water bills.

Phil can support with Personal Independence Payments (PIP) and Employment Support allowance (ESA) applications. He can also support you through an appeals process. This process can be very stressful but he is here to help.

Please call/email Phil, he’s here to help!
Financial & Welfare worker
Email: Philip.burge@fha-wales.com
Tel: 07811990799
Office: 01792 482705




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SCRUTINY PANEL APPLICATIONS & ALLOCATIONS REPORT

The Tenant Scrutiny Panel completed a lengthy report on Family Housing’s Applications and Allocations procedures in January 2016. Since then Family Housing have implemented many of the Panel’s recommendations and the Panel has continued to review the progress at regular intervals. A summary of the Panel’s findings and updates on the outcomes can be viewed here.




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THE BENEFIT CAP

You may have heard about the Benefit Cap on the news recently. It’s a limit on the total amount of certain benefits you can get if you are working age. The Benefit Cap will only affect you if you’re getting Housing Benefit or Universal Credit. If the cap affects you, your Housing Benefit or Universal Credit is reduced. Click on the link for a full explanation of the Benefit Cap, how it may affect you and where you can find help if it does.




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BENEFIT CAP

From the 7th November 2016 the benefit cap has been lowered to £20,000 per year for couples and lone parents and £13,400 for single claimants. Those already subject to the higher benefit cap will see a drop in their entitlement to housing benefit immediately.  However, the majority of claimants will not be affected by the lower benefit cap until the 12th December 2016 in this area. It is vital that claimants are fully aware of these changes, that their entitlements to benefits are checked to ensure that they are not missing out on benefits that would exempt them from this cap applying or other help and assistance is provided.

Click on the link for a list of organisations that provide advice and information on benefits in Swansea.




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