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  • Benefits for people from abroad

    Level: Standard
    Area: Scotland

    This two-day course aims to equip you to advise claimants from abroad, both European and 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 social security benefits and how they can be satisfied.

    The course covers:

    • Who is a ‘person subject to immigration control’ and how this affects benefit entitlements

    • Effect on benefits of a change in immigration status

    • Entitlements of ‘mixed households’

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  • Care leavers and the benefits system

    Area: Scotland

    Many young people who have been ‘looked after’ by the local authority are excluded from income-related benefits. Instead the local authority is responsible for supporting them. This course looks at the special benefit rules for care leavers and the local authority’s responsibilities towards these young people. We will also be covering developments in relation to ‘continuing care’.

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  • Challenging ESA decisions

    Level: Standard
    Area: Scotland

    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.

     

    The course covers:

    • Entitlement to benefit while challenging a decision
    • Submissions, medical evidence and other tactical issues
    • Mandatory reconsideration – problems and practice
    • Important work capability assessment caselaw

     

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  • Challenging PIP decisions

    Level: Standard
    Area: Scotland

    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 some of the significant caselaw that is relevant to PIP.

     

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  • Childcare support for working families

    Level: Basic
    Area: Scotland

    This half-day course is for people working in childcare and early years, who want to know more about the support available for working families and help them to avoid common benefit problems. It concentrates on who can get help with the costs of childcare through the social security system, and how this interacts with other sources of support, including the new tax-free childcare scheme. No previous knowledge of benefits is required.

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  • Cost of the School Day and the benefits system

    Level: Basic
    Area: Scotland

    This one-day course focuses on child poverty in schools and how to support children and families by reducing costs and maximising incomes. It offers insight from our Cost of the School Day project into common financial barriers for children and young people at school, the impact this has and ways to address them. It will give you an understanding of the benefits system and help you recognise important issues, identify points when a family's entitlement may change and know when to refer for specialist advice.

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  • Dealing with destitution

    Level: Standard
    Area: Scotland

    Increasingly advisers are supporting clients who have been left destitute due to a problem with their benefits. This course covers the common causes and focuses on practical steps advisers can take to get benefits in payment and access other support.

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  • Dealing with destitution

    Level: Standard
    Area: Scotland

    Assisting clients who have been left destitute due to a problem with their benefits has become a regular but challenging task for advisers. This course focuses on the most common causes of this hardship, concentrating on practical steps advisers can take to get benefits into payment and access other sources of support.

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