Training for trainers

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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Benefits for people from abroad

Level: Standard

This two-day course aims to equip you to advise claimants from abroad, both European non-European nationals. Using a step-by-step approach and practical examples, it helps you understand how the residence and presence and immigration status tests operate in benefits and tax credits and how they can be satisfied.

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Mental health and benefits

Level: Standard

This popular course is jointly led by Paula John, a mental health officer and social worker with extensive experience in mental health, and Alison Gillies, welfare rights worker with CPAG . It provides a practical and tactical look at working with people with mental health diagnoses to help secure full entitlement to benefits, and to help avoid some of the pitfalls of the system.

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Representing at the First-tier Tribunal

Level: Standard

This popular two-day course gives a basic grounding in representing clients at the First-tier Tribunal. Through mock tribunals, participants gain experience in a safe environment where there is nothing to lose.

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Introduction to welfare rights

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.

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Introduction to benefits for student advisers

This one-day course equips advisers and frontline workers who are new to benefits with a basic knowledge of social security benefits and tax credits and explains which ones further and higher education students can claim.

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ESA appeals

Level: Standard

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.

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Overpayments and recovery – Secretary of State waiver

Issue 190 (February 2006)

Sarah Clarke describes DWP guidance on when recovery of a benefit overpayment might be waived.

CIS/1224/2007– Regulation 1408/71, Directive 2004/38/EC

Last updated: February 13, 2012

The issues in this case are as follows:

1. Whether Article 10a EC Regulation 1408/71 means that an EU national who is habitually resident in the UK has a right to receive special non-contributory benefits

2. Whether an EU national who is unable to work due to his/her partner’s illness retains a right of residence

B v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Last updated: April 18, 2012

Overpayment caused by failure to disclose – whether overpayment recoverable – whether failure reasonable

The claimant had been overpaid income support for her children when she failed to disclose that they had been taken into care. The appeal tribunal found that disclosure was not reasonably required of the claimant until she had been advised by a social worker to report the change as prior to that her learning difficulties had reasonably prevented her from appreciating the need to inform the DWP of this change.