universal credit

  • ESA/UC: appeals and previous medical reports

    Issue 261 (December 2017)
    article

    Simon Osborne reviews recent caselaw and guidance concerning when a tribunal considering an appeal about the work capability assessment should call for the previous medical report.

  • Universal credit and disabled students

    Issue 261 (December 2017)
    article

    Angela Toal describes a problem and some possible solutions regarding disabled students attempting to claim universal credit.

  • Childcare support for working families

    Level: Basic

    training course

    This half-day course is for people working in childcare and early years, who want to know more about the support available for working families and help them to avoid common benefit problems. It concentrates on who can get help with the costs of childcare through the social security system, and how this interacts with other sources of support, including the new tax-free childcare scheme. No previous knowledge of benefits is required.

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  • Income maximisation for families

    Level: Basic

    training course

    This half-day course looks at changes to benefits for people starting a family and families with young children, both in and out of work.

    Maximising income in the early years is vital for children’s health, education and development. This course aims to give frontline workers a basic awareness to help you to identify problems and refer on where appropriate.

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  • Maximising benefits for rent

    Level: Standard

    training course

    Thousands of tenants each year are evicted by social landlords, usually for rent arrears. Yet large amounts of housing benefit (HB) go unclaimed. With high levels of arrears in universal credit (UC), evictions seem set to be a continuing problem. This practical course is aimed at housing workers and advisers who need to maximise the uptake of housing benefit or the housing costs element of universal credit, and thereby minimise arrears and reduce the threat of eviction.

     

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  • Two-child limit in UC and tax credits


    training course

    The two-child limit is perhaps the most controversial welfare reform measure yet, affecting large numbers of low-income families both in and out of work. This half-day course looks in detail at how it is being implemented, who is affected and when exceptions apply. It also provides participants with an opportunity to explore implications in the context of human rights and share updates on legal challenges.

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  • UC for people with ill health and disabilities


    training course

    With universal credit (UC) full service expected to operate across the country by the end of 2018, many more people with disabilities and health conditions will be claiming UC for the first time. This course looks at the UC rules that particularly affect ill or disabled people. It will equip you to advise clients about the transfer to UC, including through changes of circumstances such as failing a work capability assessment. You will also explore how conditionality and awards change as people move into work, or become unable to work.

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  • Universal credit - transferring from benefits and tax credits

    Level: Standard

    training course

    This half-day course focuses on the transitional issues for claimants who are still receiving legacy benefits and tax credits by the time that all areas come under the universal credit full service.

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  • Universal credit and children


    training course

    This course concentrates on universal credit (UC) as it affects families with children, whether making a new claim with children, or becoming responsible for a child while on universal credit.

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  • Universal credit – claimant responsibilities and sanctions

    Level: Standard

    training course

    Work-related requirements are a cornerstone of universal credit (UC). Statistics show that UC claimants are frequently sanctioned. This course will give you a good understanding of what goes into a claimant commitment and the work-related requirements that people are expected to meet. You will have a chance to think about how flexibilities in the system might help clients reduce the risk of a sanction. The course will also equip you to advocate effectively on behalf of clients who are faced with benefit sanctions.

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