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  • Introduction to child poverty and financial help for families

    Level: Basic
    Area: Scotland

    Many more children in Scotland will be living in poverty by 2020. This half-day course looks at why this is and which families are likely to be most affected. Participants will be encouraged to consider the steps they can take in their own roles to prepare for the predicted increase in child poverty and make a practical difference to families.

     

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  • Introduction to welfare rights

    Area: Scotland

    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.

    When you complete the course you will be awarded a certificate and get a complimentary copy of CPAG’s Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook.

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  • Kinship care, looked-after children and the benefits system

    Area: Scotland

    This course looks at benefit issues where there is social work involvement with a child and their family. It covers kinship care and children looked after by the local authority away from home or away from birth parents eg, in a residential unit or with foster carers.

    It provides an opportunity to consider local authorities’ responsibilities in relation to kinship care assistance and participants will also have a chance to look at what universal credit means for kinship carers and for local authorities.

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  • Maximising benefits for rent

    Level: Standard
    Area: Scotland

    Thousands of tenants each year are evicted by social landlords, usually for rent arrears. Yet large amounts of housing benefit (HB) go unclaimed. With high levels of arrears in universal credit (UC), evictions seem set to be a continuing problem. This practical course is aimed at housing workers and advisers who need to maximise the uptake of housing benefit or the housing costs element of universal credit, and thereby minimise arrears and reduce the threat of eviction.

     

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  • Mental health and benefits

    Level: Standard
    Area: Scotland

    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 in Scotland. 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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  • Overpayments of benefit and tax credits

    Level: Standard
    Area: Scotland

    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 will apply with the introduction of universal credit.

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  • Personal independence payment – the essentials

    Level: Basic
    Area: Scotland

    Personal independence payment (PIP) is the disability benefit for people aged 16-65. This course equips you with the knowledge and confidence to help the people you work with make effective claims.

    The course covers:

    • What is PIP?
    • Who can claim
    • Helping a client who is thinking about claiming PIP
    • Tips and guidance in completing the form
    • Supporting clients through the assessment
    • Getting the decision – what next

    The course is aimed at those with no or limited knowledge of benefits.

     

     

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  • PIP and attendance allowance – an introduction

    Area: Scotland

    This one-day course gives you an introduction to personal independence payment (PIP) and attendance allowance (AA), both vitally important benefits for people with disabilities. This introductory course is aimed at advisers with little or no experience of these benefits. It will give you an understanding of the main rules and help you deal with common problems.

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    • Who is entitled to PIP
    • Who is entitled to AA
    • How to claim

     

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