How Immigration Status Affects Benefits
This course looks at the benefit rules that relate to immigration status. It will cover who is excluded from the main benefits because they are a ‘person subject to immigration control’, what the exceptions to this are, the entitlements of mixed status households and the consequences of having a ‘no recourse to public funds restriction’.
The course is suitable for those with a working knowledge of benefits and is relevant for those providing benefits advice to non-European nationals.
Introduction to Social Security Related Benefits
This introductory course is aimed at professionals that provide support to benefit claimants and require a basic knowledge of benefits. It is intended to provide an overview of the benefits system and structure. It considers all the main benefits and allowances currently available, the basic qualifying conditions and how to identify entitlement.
Right to Reside
A course which looks in detail at the right to reside requirement that applies within certain benefits. The course covers the main groups that have a right to reside and how this can be affected by certain changes of circumstance. Significant developments in both case law and legislation over the last few years will be discussed. Those attending should have a working knowledge of benefits.
Universal Credit: The Basics Half Day Workshop
This half day mini introductory workshop aims to provide an introduction to Universal Credit. It explains what universal credit is, when it is available, how it will be paid, explains what happens if someone cannot manage with a single monthly payment and provides tips on where to get further help and information. It is suitable for those with limited knowledge of the benefits system.
Introduction to Debt Advice
Introduction to Debt Advice is a one day course which provides advisors with practical information necessary to provide basic budgeting advice and negotiating skills needed to arrange a favourable repayment arrangement with creditors. It considers the five stages of debt advice; information gathering, maximising income, preparing a personal budget, dealing with priority creditors and non-priority creditors.
Council Tax Liability & Enforcement
Many advisors provide help and support to clients with council tax issues. This one day course provides guidance on the rules relating to council liability and enforcement. It looks at chargeable and exempt dwellings, who is liable, appeals, statutory enforcement in England and Wales, liability orders, methods of recovery and appeals/complaints. The course is particularly useful for debt and benefit advisers.