Jayne Knights

Welfare Benefits Consultant

Jayne is an experienced welfare rights expert who specialises in making the complicated benefits system understandable.

She originally trained and qualified as a social worker, and then started as an advice worker in London before moving to Brighton and Hove City Council’s Welfare Rights team. There Jayne undertook the full range of welfare rights work – training, publications, advice work and tribunal advocacy.

Jayne works with a wide variety of public, private and third sector clients, providing training, consultancy and casework. These clients include councils, housing associations, law firms and charities.

She also writes articles and blogs about welfare benefits issues, some of which you may have read on the Renaissance Legal website.

Getting to know Jayne

If you were not a benefits adviser and trainer what job would you do?

I’d be a backing singer in a famous band.

If you were given a day off work where would we find you? 

Catching up on Grey’s Anatomy with my daughter and a couple of silly cats.

What can you do that no one else in the office can do?

An ultra complicated Universal Credit calculation (Amy can do these too, by the way).

If you could go back in history to a specific date or time, what would it be?

The date when Iain Duncan Smith dreamt up Universal Credit so that I could tell him how to redesign the benefits system properly.

Where in the world would you most like to visit?