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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 moving from legacy benefits and tax credits to universal credit.

    The UC full service is available in all areas of Scotland to almost all client groups. But this does not mean that all claimants have switched to UC. The managed transfer of claimants is set to happen between 2020 and 2024. But what happens in the meantime? This course is intended to equip advisers with the knowledge to give advice on the options claimants may have, and the implications of moving onto UC from benefits and tax credits.

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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 can claim universal credit and how student funding affects the amount they get. It also covers particular problems to do with claiming universal credit and what to do about them.

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  • Universal credit and young people

    Area: Scotland

    With universal credit (UC) full service now rolled out everywhere, it is important to make sure you know when young people can claim UC. This course will help you advise young people from age 16 on entitlement whether in or looking for work, in training or education, sick or disabled.

    The course covers:

    • UC for 16 and 17-year-olds

    • UC for young people in or looking for work

    • When young people can get UC in education or training

    • Young parents' entitlement to UC

    • UC for young people who are carers, sick or disabled

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  • Universal credit for people with ill-health and disabilities

    Level: Standard
    Area: Scotland

    As the migration to universal credit (UC) continues more individuals with ill health and disabilities will come under UC. This course looks at the UC rules that particularly affect ill or disabled people. It will equip you to advise clients about the transfer to UC, including through changes of circumstances such as failing a work capability assessment. You will also explore how conditionality and awards change as people move into work, or become unable to work.

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  • Universal credit update and tactics

    Area: Scotland

    Universal credit (UC) changes all the time, as the law is amended, as it is implemented in practice, and as local delivery changes. This course is an opportunity for experienced advisers to get up-to-date with the latest developments. You will be able to share experiences of universal credit and discuss legal and practical approaches to best support clients.

    The course covers:

    • Recent changes to the law and caselaw affecting UC

    • Current legal challenges

    • Common practical problems in UC and approaches to tackle them

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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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  • Universal credit – supporting clients

    Level: Basic
    Area: Scotland

    People in all parts of the country are now getting universal credit (UC).  But whether you can claim depends on where you live and personal circumstances. This course aims to equip you with the knowledge to help your service users get the most out of this new benefit and avoid potential pitfalls.

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  • Universal credit, ESA and the work capability assessment

    Area: Scotland

    This essential one-day course gives you an introduction to the work capability assessment that applies to employment and support allowance (ESA) and universal credit (UC). Assuming little or no experience of these benefits, the course gives you an understanding of the main rules for people whose health or disability limits their ability to work. It also helps you deal with common problems.

     

    The course covers:

    • Who can get ESA

    • The work capability assessment

    • UC and limited capability for work

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