Housing benefit - the problem areas

Level: Standard

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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Judicial review

Judicial review is an essential tool for challenging decisions that affect benefit and tax credit claimants where there is no right of appeal. This interactive course gives advisers and lawyers a clear understanding of its potential use and helps them to develop their skills in challenging unlawful decision-making.

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Overpayment of benefit

Level: Standard

Benefit may be overpaid for many reasons and recovery often leaves people in hardship. Using practical examples, this course equips you to deal with overpayments by taking a systematic approach to checking and challenging recoverability. It also looks at the different rules and tactics that apply with the introduction of universal credit.

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Right to reside and habitual residence

Level: Standard

This one-day standard level course looks at the operation of the right to reside and habitual residence tests in benefits and tax credits. The course covers how these tests are satisfied, and focuses on the residence rights of those who face the greatest difficulties: European nationals and their family members. 

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Benefits for people subject to immigration control

Level: Standard

Advisers can find it difficult and intimidating to advise non-European nationals on how their immigration status affects entitlement to benefits and tax credits. This one-day course offers an opportunity for advisers to gain knowledge and confidence by taking an in-depth look at the rules and how they apply to different scenarios.

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Benefits for young people

Level: Standard

This course will help advisers, social services staff, housing workers, youth and education workers and anyone advising young people to get to grips with the complex and changing benefit rules relating to young people. 

The course looks at how the benefits system applies to young people, particularly those aged 16–21.

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Mental health and benefits

Level: Standard

This course 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. 

The course covers: 

• Common diagnoses, symptoms, medication and side-effects
• Barriers to people getting the right entitlement
• Personal independence payment in a mental health context
• Medical tests for employment and support allowance and universal credit
• Tactics for dealing with other benefit issues

 

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Benefit cap myths exposed

January 23, 2012

On the day that members of the House of Lords vote on key amendments on the proposals for a household benefits cap, Child Poverty Action Group are exposing the myths on which the policy is based.

The Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

"The household benefit cap policy is built on a foundation of myths, but the 210,000 children affected will face harsh realities of severe poverty and homelessness.

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Government abandons low income families in child poverty u-turn

November 29, 2011

Responding to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

“Britain’s poorest families have been abandoned today and left to face the worst. The increase in child tax credit that the Chancellor said last year was there to stop child poverty rising for at least two years has been cancelled today.

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