Introductory

  • Kinship care, looked-after children and the benefits system


    training course

    This course looks at benefit issues where there is social work involvement with a child and their family. It covers kinship care and children looked after by the local authority away from home or away from birth parents eg, in a residential unit or with foster carers.

    It provides an opportunity to consider the implications of recent changes in kinship care assistance and look at the new Scottish Government guidance, Support for Kinship Care. Participants will also have a chance to look at what universal credit means for kinship carers and for local authorities.

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  • Income maximisation for carers


    training course

    Becoming a carer of a disabled person often means a drop in household income. Carers may be thinking of leaving work or trying to combine work with care.

    This one-day course gives an introduction to the main benefits available for carers and explains how to maximise income through benefit checks. It will help you support clients in making decisions about what to claim in or out of work.

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  • Income maximisation for older people


    training course

    Older people commonly do not claim all they are entitled to. This course gives you an introduction to pension credit and aims to help you with effective benefit checks to maximise income.

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  • Training for trainers


    training course

    This two-day course aims to increase the skills and confidence of those new to training and to allow more experienced trainers to re-examine their style and methods.

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  • Income maximisation for older people


    training course

    Older people commonly do not claim all that they are entitled to. This course provides an introduction to pension credit and aims to help you with effective benefit checks to maximise income. 

    The course includes: 

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  • Introduction to benefits for ill-health


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    This one-day course gives you an introduction to employment and support allowance (ESA) and to claiming amounts in universal credit (UC) for ill or disabled people who are unable to work. Assuming little or no previous experience, this course provides an introduction to the medical assessments that apply for both ESA and universal credit.

    The course covers:

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  • Introduction to welfare rights week


    training course

    This five-day course gives you a thorough introduction to meanstested benefits, universal credit and tax credits. It is essential for anyone starting off as a welfare rights adviser and those who need an understanding of the benefits system.

    The emphasis is on looking at issues affecting entitlement and practising benefit calculations through case studies and using the Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook 2016/17.

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  • Dealing with debt


    training course

    This essential two day course is a practical introductory level course for those advising or supporting clients with debt and money problems. It provides a perfect foundation for those new to money advice and to those for whom money advice forms part of their role, for example, those working in housing, benefits or community work. A free copy of CPAG’s Debt Advice Handbook (11th edition) comes as part of the course. 

    The course covers: 

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