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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • DLA for children

    Level: Standard
    Area: Scotland

    Disability living allowance (DLA) is the main way of meeting the additional needs of many children yet it is under claimed and can be hard to understand. This course looks at the DLA rules as they apply to children. It considers how to fill in the form to get the best outcome for the child.

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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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