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  • Bedroom tax

    Level: Standard

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    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.

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  • Challenging PIP decisions

    Level: Standard

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    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. 

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  • Tax credits - key issues for advisers

    Level: Standard

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    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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  • Universal credit for tenants in social housing

    Level: Standard

    training course

    The introduction of universal credit (UC) represents a fundamental change to the system of 'legacy benefits' and tax credits it is replacing. This one day course examines the main changes, focussing on how tenants in social housing receive help with their housing costs through UC.

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  • Universal credit

    Level: Standard

    training course

    The introduction of universal credit (UC) represents a fundamental change to the system of 'legacy benefits' and tax credits it is replacing.

    This one day course covers:

    • the aims and principles of UC;
    • the roll out of UC in 'gateway' and 'full service' areas;
    • who can claim UC;
    • how it is calculated;
    • claims, payments and disputing decisions;
    • conditionality and sanctions

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  • Disability living allowance for children

    Level: Standard

    training course

    Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is the main benefit payable to help meet the additional costs which arise for families caring for a disabled child. It is under claimed and can be difficult to understand.

    This course looks in detail at the DLA rules as they apply to children under 16 and explains how to complete a DLA claim form to give the best chance of a successful outcome from the outset, reducing the stress of the claiming process.

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  • Conditionality and sanctions

    Level: Standard

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    This course will give an understanding of the current conditionality regime for claimant of JSA and ESA. Tougher sanctions rules and the work programme have transformed the conditionality regime for many claimants.

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  • Housing benefit - the problem areas

    Level: Standard

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    Housing benefit is there to help with rent and avoid eviction, including for the growing number of people in low-paid work. Yet over four billion pounds of housing benefit goes unclaimed by over one million households. With the roll out of universal credit not due to complete until 2022, housing benefit remains as important as ever.

    This one-day course looks in detail at a number of common areas of dispute that housing benefit claimants may face and how they can be resolved to ensure maximum entitlement is received.

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