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  • Challenging ESA Decisions

    Level: Standard

    training course

    Employment and support allowance (ESA) is the subject of considerable change. This course looks at appeal issues and tactics, including the developing body of caselaw. 

    Among the subjects considered are: 

    • Entitlement to ESA whilst challenging an ESA decision
    • Submissions, medical evidence and other tactical issues
    • Important work capability assessment caselaw 

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  • DLA for children

    Level: Standard

    training course

    Disability living allowance (DLA) is the main way of meeting the additional needs of many children yet it is under claimed and hard to understand. This course looks at the DLA rules as they apply to children and considers how to fill in the form to avoid pitfalls and get the best outcome from the outset.

    This course covers:

    • What extra care needs must a child have to qualify for DLA
    • The main caselaw on DLA for children
    • Basic milestones in childhood development
    • The impact of stays in residential schools and care homes

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  • ESA appeals - updated

    Level: Standard

    training course

    Employment and support allowance (ESA) is the subject of considerable change. This course looks at appeal issues and tactics, including the developing body of caselaw and updated to include challenging ESA decisions.

    Among the subjects considered are:

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  • Dealing with delays

    Level: Standard

    training course

    This course looks at the legal and practical issues faced in trying to resolve issues of delay when advising benefit and tax credit claimants. The problem of delay can occur at all stages of a case:

    • Where a claim has been made and a decision is awaited
    • Where an award has been made but payment is not made
    • Waiting for assessment to see which group an ESA claimant should be in
    • Waiting for a revision or supersession request to be dealt with
    • Waiting for an appeal to be heard and the tribunal decision put into payment

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  • ESA - the problem areas

    Level: Standard

    training course

    There are around 2.4 million people in the UK who are designated as sick by the social security system. This course examines some of the problems commonly experienced by the claimants of employment and support allowance (ESA). Its focus is to understand the legal and administrative roots of the problems and suggest practical solutions.

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  • Getting decisions changed

    Level: Standard

    training course

    This course is focused on equipping advisers to deal with the legal and practical issues that apply in getting initial decisions on benefits and tax credits changed. Covering basic rules and practical problems, it deals with challenges up to (but not beyond) getting an appeal lodged with the First-tier Tribunal. Aimed at advisers with a working knowledge of benefits and tax credits, it will also include an outline on making an initial challenge in other cases, such as council tax reduction and overpayment recovery in the tax credit and universal credit schemes.

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  • Dealing with destitution

    Level: Standard

    training course

    Advisers are often 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 as quickly as possible.

    The course covers:

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  • Bedroom tax

    Level: Standard

    training course
    The controversial ‘bedroom tax’ has seen thousands of the  lowest-income households 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

    This one-day course looks at how to challenge personal independence payment (PIP) decisions. There is an opportunity to discuss how the different PIP criteria affect appeal tactics, and think through how to go about getting the right outcome for clients. 

    The course covers:

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  • Tax credits - key issues for advisers

    Level: Standard

    training course

    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 will be with us 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. 

    The course covers:

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

     

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