University of Wolverhampton law students have helped secure more than £600,000 in benefits for disadvantaged and vulnerable claimants.
Last year the University set up a partnership with City of Wolverhampton Council to provide representation for disabled and vulnerable people when challenging the Department of Work and Pensions on payment of Employment and Support Allowance.
The project, which started in 2014, sees students from the University’s Law School support claimants in their cases at appeal while being mentored by experienced Welfare Rights Officers.
In the first 12 months a total of £638,620 of entitlement was secured and the scheme is now being extended to also support people appealing against Personal Independence Payment and Benefits Sanctions decisions.
The students' achievement featured in an article in local paper the Express and Star: £600k won in appeals by Wolverhampton students
The Daily Mirror also ran the story on its website: Students help disabled Brits overturn benefits sanctions - and win back £600, 000
The Law Student Representation Project is just one of several ways that University of Wolverhampton Law students provide support and help to the local community. Students can also volunteer to take part in the Wolverhampton CLOC project (working with the County Court) or at the University's Legal Advice Centre. This gives students the opportunity to gain practical experience under supervision and enhance their employability.