welfare reform

  • A new poll tax?


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    In April 2013 the national system of Council Tax Benefit was devolved to local authorities, along with a 10 per cent funding cut. While several London boroughs have found the additional savings needed to bridge this cut in funding, the majority have introduced a Minimum Payment.

  • Welfare reform in-house training


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    We have a range of expert training on welfare reforms to help frontline staff support clients already coping with benefit problems and to get ready for changes still ahead.

    We can help design a training package for your organisation. Choose from a wide range of options covering all areas of welfare reform, from basic level training to more detailed training for those with a working knowledge of the benefits system.

  • Families on the brink: welfare reform in London


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    London has the highest child poverty rates and highest housing costs in the UK. This means that the capital has been hit particularly hard by changes to the benefits system, particularly cuts to housing benefit. London households have lost almost £7 per week more than the average UK household.

  • Factsheet - Personal independence payment


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    This factsheet explains the new benefit that started to replace disability living allowance for working age claimants from April 2013.

    The information in this factsheet is relevant UK-wide.

  • Parliamentary briefing on 'welfare cap' and Charter for Budgetary Responsiblity

    March 2014
    briefing

    At the Budget in March 2014, the government announced it would be amending the Charter for Budgetary Responsibility to implement a new 'welfare cap' policy.

  • Welfare reform and carers


    factsheet

    This factsheet describes how welfare reform changes might affect you if you care for a disabled person in Scotland.

  • Dealing with destitution

    Level: Standard

    training course

    Increasingly advisers are faced with clients who have been left destitute due to a problem with their benefits. This course will cover issues that frequently cause clients to be left without any income and focus on the practical steps advisers can take to get their clients benefits in payment.

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  • Bedroom tax - one year on

    Level: Standard

    training course
    NEW course for 2014

    The controversial ‘bedroom tax’ is estimated to have seen 80,000 of the lowest-income households in Scotland lose some housing benefit and has been responsible for an alarming rise in rent arrears. This course looks at the benefit issues that the measure throws up one year on with particular reference to an update on the varied legal challenges that have emerged.

    It includes:

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  • Challenging PIP decisions

    Level: Standard

    training course
    NEW course for 2014

    This new one-day course explains how to challenge personal independence payment (PIP) decisions. Participants will get the opportunity to discuss appeal tactics, and think through how to go about getting the right outcome for their clients.

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  • Tax credits - key issues for advisers

    Level: Standard

    training course
    NEW course for 2014

    This one-day course rounds up all the outstanding issues you may encounter with tax credits, including in the transition to universal credit. Tax credits are not going away for some time yet, and continue to provide vital support to the majority of families with children and to low income workers. The course is suitable for people wanting a refresher on the rules and an update on recent changes.

    It covers:

    • Claims and decisions
    • Overpayments
    • Appeals
    • Stopping tax credits and moving on to universal credit
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