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  • Overpayments of benefit

    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 and manage the process of transferring from disability living allowance (DLA).

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  • PIP - caselaw and tactics

    Area: Scotland

    This half-day course gives advisers the chance to discuss the latest caselaw developments in relation to personal independence payment (PIP), and consider the impact of recent decisions and other developments on tactics for PIP tribunals. Participants will have the opportunity to share their own experiences and ideas.

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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 to attendance allowance (AA),  both vitally important benefits for people with disabilities. The course also looks at how disability living allowance (DLA) for adults is changing as a result of the introduction of PIP. 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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  • 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.

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  • Residence and presence tests – in detail

    Area: Scotland

    The operation of residence and presence tests for EEA nationals changes all the time, and with Brexit looming it is even more important to understand current social security rights for EEA nationals and their families. This experienced level course looks in detail at presence and residence requirements for EEA nationals in the UK, focusing on more complex areas and updates.

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  • Residence and presence tests – in detail

    Area: Scotland

    The operation of the residence and presence tests for EEA nationals changes all the time, and with Brexit looming it is even more important to understand what social security rights EEA nationals and their family members currently have. 

    This one-day experienced level course looks in detail at how European nationals can satisfy the residence and presence requirements in benefits and tax credits and provides an update on recent developments. It will cover the new EEA Regulations that came into force in February 2017, and caselaw developments on:

    • EEA residence rights;
    • who has a 'genuine and sufficient link to the UK' and therefore does not need to wait 2 years to get disability and carer's benefits;
    • and when the UK is or is not the 'competent state'

    It focuses on groups experiencing particular difficulties with the tests and those for whom the application of these tests is changing.

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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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