Bridgewater to hold State Benefit update seminar

Bridgewater Equity Release has published details of its latest State Benefits Update seminar for advisers, in association with Ferret Information Systems.

The free event will be held at the offices of Ashfords LLP, Grenadier Road, Exeter on Wednesday 7 March from 10:30am to 1pm.

The seminar, which follows on from similar events in Warrington and London in November last year, is designed specifically for advisers working with equity release and was formulated as a direct response to intermediaries requesting more direction from providers on the impact of equity release on State Benefits.

Gareth Morgan, managing director of Ferret Information Systems Ltd, will lead the seminar which will explore the likely effect of welfare reforms on older people, how benefits will alter for homeowners and what impact the simplifications will have.

Advisers interested in attending should contact Karen McCulloch as soon as possible – 0191-269 5980 or kmcculloch@graingerplc.co.uk.

Free parking is available at the venue, lunch will be provided and certificates of attendance will also be made available to attendees.

Peter Welch, head of sales and distribution at Bridgewater Equity Release, will also run a short session on obtaining equity release leads from professional introducers.

He said: “Making sure equity release advisers are as educated and informed as possible when it comes to state benefit changes is of vital importance for both their own benefit and for the protection and satisfaction of their clients. Equity release can be a sensitive topic at the best of times and advisers have to tread particularly carefully when it comes to explaining the potential ramifications of benefit amendments.