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  • Representing at the First-tier Tribunal

    Level: Standard
    Area: Scotland

    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.

     

    The course covers:

    • Making an appeal
    • Tribunal procedure
    • Case preparation – getting evidence and applying the law
    • The role of the chair
    • Rules of evidence
    • Basic advocacy and presentational skills

     

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  • Right to reside and habitual residence

    Level: Standard
    Area: Scotland

    This one-day standard level course looks at the operation of the right to reside and habitual residence tests in benefits and tax credits. It 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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  • Scottish Welfare Fund – effective applications

    Level: Standard
    Area: Scotland

    This course provides both a practical introduction to the fund and an overview of the tactics which make for an effective application. It explains when and how to make applications for DWP short-term benefit advances – often a preliminary step before a Scottish Welfare Fund application.

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  • Students and benefits – eligibility

    Level: Standard
    Area: Scotland

    Many advisers work with students in both further and higher education. This one-day course explains the different benefits that further and higher education students can claim.

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  • Universal credit - full service

    Level: Standard
    Area: Scotland

    The roll out of universal credit (UC) full service is due to be completed by the end of 2018. Many more people claim UC in the full service, including families, those with health conditions and those in work. People need to make and maintain their claims online.

    This course draws on experience from areas where UC full service is operating. You will learn who is affected, how best to support them, particularly those who are vulnerable or in difficult circumstances. You will have a chance to refresh your knowledge of UC entitlement and calculations.

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  • Universal credit - transferring from benefits and tax credits

    Level: Standard
    Area: Scotland

    This half-day course focuses on the transitional issues for claimants who are still receiving legacy benefits and tax credits by the time that all areas come under the universal credit full service.

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  • Universal credit and students

    Level: Standard
    Area: Scotland

    With the introduction of universal credit, the benefit rules for students as we know them are swept away and new rules set up in their place. This one-day course explains which students will be able to claim universal credit and how student funding will affect the amount they get.

    The course covers:

    • An overview of universal credit
    • Who is a full-time student for universal credit
    • Which students can claim
    • The interaction with Scottish student funding
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  • Universal credit – claimant responsibilities and sanctions

    Level: Standard
    Area: Scotland

    Work-related requirements are a cornerstone of universal credit (UC). Statistics show that UC claimants are frequently sanctioned. This course will give you a good understanding of what goes into a claimant commitment and the work-related requirements that people are expected to meet. You will have a chance to think about how flexibilities in the system might help clients reduce the risk of a sanction. The course will also equip you to advocate effectively on behalf of clients who are faced with benefit sanctions.

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