This list provides a summary of actual and possible course subjects. Each course is tailored to your learning needs and can incorporate different areas of the benefit system to meet your needs:
By the end of the course you will understand the structure of the system and how it affects the different benefits, be able to identify possible benefit entitlement to all the different benefits, and understand the impact of the current changes to the different benefits.
By the end of the day you will able to identify the basic criteria, who can claim and how to make a claim, understand the differences between old DLA payments and the new Personal Independence Payment, be able to explain why someone might not be able to claim PIP after receiving DLA and why some people are now entitled to PIP. You will also understand the beneficiaries of the new benefit, how the new benefit will award payments, and understand the impact an award of Personal Independence Payment will have on other benefits.
By the end of the course you will be able to identify who can make a claim, understand the role of the Assessment period, understand possible problem areas and solutions, understand why and when sanctions, penalties and overpayments will be applied, and how to make a claim.
This course will look at the triggers for a sanction such as the 'Claimant Commitment'. The time will be spent considering the legal process of applying a sanction and the reality of targets. If the decision is wrong we will look at possible solutions (tactics). Finally we will look at making claims for Hardship Payments and other sources of help for people.
By the end of the course you will be able to decide if the sanction was correctly applied, know how to challenge the decision, know how to claim Hardship Payments and alternative sources of financial help.
By the end of the course you will be able to identify who is affected by the legislation and the subsequent changes, understand how to determine if the right decision been made and understand how to make a Discretionary Housing Payment claim.
By the end of the course you will be able to identify the impact on Pension Credit, changes to payment of Attendance Allowance (DLA and PIP) and other disability based benefits, entitlement to Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support and who can claim Carer's Allowance when someone moves into a Care home.
'The new State Pension' course will explain how the new pension system will work and how national insurance contributions made before April 2016 will be treated in the future.
The costs for attending one of the courses on the programme is £120.00 per person for a whole day and £65 for a half day course. Please ask for the price for one-off course(s). The costs for both full and half day courses include provision of the venue, drinks and all materials used and provided on the day as well as the course booklet. The full day courses include lunch. If you can provide the venue and lunch then the costs of the course are reduced. Please contact us to discuss the above, as well as a convenient date and course content.
For a place on the training programme I ask you to complete a booking form, this will give you a provisional place on the course. Confirmation of the place will follow once payment has been received. Joining instructions will be issued 1 week prior to the date of the course.
Discounts for multiple bookings are available, please ask. If you book a place and are then are unable to attend or wish to cancel then you will be asked to pay all or part of the costs depending on the date of contact. You will be asked to pay the full costs if the deadline (7 days before the course) has passed. You will be asked to pay 50% of the costs if you contact us regarding your established booking more than 7 days before the course. If you wish to transfer to another date I will try to oblige at no extra cost.
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