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  • Surrey Welfare Rights Unit was set up in 1990 to provide a welfare rights advice service within the county of Surrey.  

    The Unit provides an independent, impartial and confidential service.   Our independent status allows membership of Citizens Advice and the Unit abides by the aims and principles of the CAB service.

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    We are currently recruiting for a Finance and Administration Officer.  View the job advert here

    Our annual review for 2013/14 can be read here.  If you would prefer a paper copy then please contact the office on 01483 776713.



    Surrey Welfare Rights Unit is a small specialist charity providing expert legal advice on benefits and community care.  The Unit has been set up as a support organisation which means that we provide services to organisations rather than direct to the public who can initially access one of the many local organisations we provide services to.  We ask the organisations we support to subscribe to our services.  This will enable us to continue to deliver services in times of decreasing grant funding. 

    Find out more about the SWRU subscription package here

    We are currently renewing subscriptions for 2015/16

    Our main purpose is:

    bullet  To provide specialist support and training to volunteers and staff who provide advice to their clients 

    bullet  To produce information and publicity on welfare rights issues for both professional staff and, where relevant, members of the public

    bullet  To promote the take-up of welfare benefits especially among the frail and vulnerable

    bullet  To provide a source of expertise on Community Care issues

    bullet  To be a focal point of welfare rights work across the region through support groups, seminars and informal talks, social policy work and networking

    This website is a resource for advisers and is not intended for general public use.   If you are not an adviser and are seeking help with a benefit related query then click on Advice where there are links to other helpful sites.

    If you would like to help us with our fundraising efforts in order to secure the services for the future  you can use Everyclick to search the internet and register as a fundraiser for SWRU.

    We would like to thank the following for their support of the Unit:

    • Woking Borough Council

    • Elmbridge Borough Council

    • Tandridge Borough Council

    • Surrey County Council

    • Lloyds Bank Foundation


    Surrey Welfare Rights Unit has a complaints handling procedure.  You can request a copy of the complaints leaflet to be emailed or posted to you.




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    Last updated December 2014

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