universal credit

  • 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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  • Universal credit – supporting clients

    Level: Basic

    training course

    People in all parts of the country are now getting universal credit (UC). But whether you can claim depends on where you live and personal circumstances. This course aims to equip you with the knowledge to help your service users get the most out of this new benefit and avoid potential pitfalls.

     

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  • Universal credit, ESA and the work capability assessment


    training course

    This essential one-day course gives you an introduction to the work capability assessment that applies to employment and support allowance (ESA) and universal credit (UC). Assuming little or no experience of these benefits, the course gives you an understanding of the main rules for people whose health or disability limits their ability to work. It also helps you deal with common problems.

     

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  • Universal credit - full service

    Level: Standard

    training course

    The roll out of universal credit (UC) full service is due to be completed by the end of 2018. Many more people claim UC in the full service, including families, those with health conditions and those in work. People need to make and maintain their claims online.

    This course draws on experience from areas where UC full service is operating. You will learn who is affected, how best to support them, particularly those who are vulnerable or in difficult circumstances. You will have a chance to refresh your knowledge of UC entitlement and calculations.

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  • Introduction to welfare rights


    training course

    This is essential training if you are starting off as a welfare rights adviser or need a good understanding of the benefits system. It introduces you to the key resources and skills you need and takes you through the main benefits in detail. Learning is through a mix of elearning and face-to-face training.

    When you complete the course you will be awarded a certificate and get a complimentary copy of CPAG’s Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook.

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  • Universal credit and students

    Level: Standard

    training course

    With the introduction of universal credit, the benefit rules for students as we know them are swept away and new rules set up in their place. This one-day course explains which students will be able to claim universal credit and how student funding will affect the amount they get.

    The course covers:

    • An overview of universal credit
    • Who is a full-time student for universal credit
    • Which students can claim
    • The interaction with Scottish student funding
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  • Universal credit - effective claims


    training course

    For some people, claiming universal credit is far from easy. But there are simple ways that you can help clients get their claim right first time. This practical course is aimed at housing staff, support workers and any frontline professionals supporting low-income people. It will help you support clients to avoid common pitfalls that can lead to payment problems.

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  • ‘Closing’ universal credit claims

    Issue 260 (October 2017)
    article

    Martin Williams looks at the DWP practice of ‘closing’ claims to universal credit (UC).

  • ‘Two-child limit’: the exceptions

    Issue 260 (October 2017)
    article

    Following the introduction of the ‘two-child limit’ in April 2017 (as described in Bulletin 257), Mark Willis takes a closer look at the exceptions now that government guidance is available.

    NB: The 'interim period' during which transitional protection applies in universal credit to children born before 6 April 2017 has now been extended to 31 January 2019 following November 2018 Budget announcement.