Workshops Coming Up....

An Introduction To Housing Benefit (2-Day Workshop)

London 

Tuesday & Wednesday, 22nd & 23rd September  

Kingsley Holborn Thistle Hotel.     

(Near The British Museum). 


Workshop Fee: £490 + VAT.    4th Place Free.

Contact us for availability of dates for In-House Workshops.


For many years our "Introduction To Housing Benefit" Workshop has been very well received by all those attending, as either new starters to the benefits world, or simply wanting a refresher course on all the key issues. 

Housing Benefit Advice For European Nationals

 Housing Benefit Advice For EU Nationals  

This Workshop Is Being Kept Under Constant Review And Will Reflect The Latest Government Position At The time!


Contact us for availability of dates for this Workshop In-House, as well as our comprehensive 2-Day In-House "Benefits For Persons From Abroad" Workshops.

    

 The UK leaving the EU will, in due course, have implications for EU Nationals seeking to access public services and claim benefits. While the UK’s future long-term relationship with the EU is negotiated, there is an interim transitional period during which existing EU “right to reside” rules continue to apply, while new rules are phased in alongside them. This Workshop equips delegates with the knowledge to make accurate decisions during the transition period.


31 January 2020 – The start date for the post-Brexit “transition period”! And therefore now is a good time to be looking at the staff training and customer advice needed as the volume of enquiries inevitably increase on this topic. This Workshop looks at the rights of EU citizens and their family members to access public services, including benefits, housing and homelessness assistance, during the transition period. The law governing these services still includes a requirement that the customer/claimant has a right to reside in Britain or Ireland. The Workshop considers how Europeans and their family members can obtain and verify such a right now that the UK is no longer a Member State.


Housing Benefit Appeals & First Tier Tribunals (With A Focus On 'Overpayments' Issues)

A Good Practice Workshop With A Focus On 'HB Overpayments' Issues 

 

 London 

 Date TBC for September / October 

Kingsley Holborn Thistle Hotel, Bloomsbury, 

City Centre Venue. (Near British Museum)


Leeds

 Date TBC for September / October 

City Centre Venue. 


Workshop Fee: £285 + VAT.    4th Place Free on same date & venue.


Overpayments remain the most common HB appeal subject matter. This workshop provides an introduction/refresher to the general principles of appeal submission writing, coupled with detailed analysis of the issues arising in overpayment appeals. We look at how to make sure you have your “ducks in a row” – the adjudication history clearly established; and we look at some of the most frequent issues arising in overpayment appeals – undisclosed capital, undisclosed partners, undisclosed earnings, use of third party evidence. The workshop will be most useful for local authority officers involved with appeals.

Housing Benefit & Supported Accommodation: An Overview & Key Issues For Local Authorities

Leeds -  Date TBC for September / October 

City Centre Venue.


London -   Date TBC for September / October 

Kingsley Holborn Thistle Hotel.     

(Near The British Museum)

  

This huge and complex topic generates an ever-increasing amount of enquiries in Zebra’s Post-box and on discussion forums. This Workshop provides an overview of supported accommodation and then deals in depth with four frequently recurring key issues that are raised: 

  •  Registered housing associations: Rent Officer referral, rent restrictions, subsidy;
  •  Lease charges payable to property owners;
  •  The landlord’s support role alongside a commissioned care provider in “supported living” schemes;
  •  And following on from the third issue above, identifying the eligible and ineligible proportions of staff costs.

Universal Credit - Latest Issues & Resolving Complex Cases

London -   Date TBC for September / October  

Kingsley Holborn Thistle Hotel.     

(Near The British Museum)


A Training Workshop for both local authority HB staff and those in organisations who give benefits advice to claimants. The Universal Credit project has entered a relatively stable phase - legacy benefit caseloads are gradually declining as claimants have changes of circumstance that prompt them to claim UC (so-called “natural” migration). But local authorities and advisers continue to discover tricky cases raising new questions. This Workshop keeps delegates on top of the emerging issues and equips HB staff and advisors with the knowledge to tackle the questions raised by a customer who is considering a claim, or already claiming, Universal Credit. 


The Notes Pack provided will include a table showing Universal Gainers ‘gainers’ and ‘losers’ to help advisors assist those with customers with ‘choices’ to make the right decision!


Housing Benefit Adjudication & Effective Dates - Revision, Supersession & Getting The Dates Right!

 Next Workshops -  Date TBC for September / October 

Contact us for In-House booking dates!


A Workshop that combines an analysis of the mechanics of HB adjudication (revision, supersession, grounds and time limits) with a closer look at the correct effective date from which to apply a superseding decision in a range of situations.


HOUSING BENEFIT SUBSIDY

A Review Of The Key Issues

A Workshop Available For In-House Bookings Only


This Workshop will guide delegates through the complex and financially significant aspects of the Housing Benefit subsidy regime by means of a range of exercises and discussions supported by legislatively-based confirmation of the rules.

Housing benefit For Small Business Owners

We have two full-day Workshops covering this wide area of Benefit regulations.

(Contact us for availability of dates for our In-House Workshops.)


2-Day Workshop - For In-House Workshop Bookings Only.


Contact us for availability of dates for this Workshop In-House.


This two-day Workshop combines two of the subjects found most difficult by benefits practitioners and advisers: Self-Employment and Small Company Owners (Directors). People who run their own small business through either of these models may appear at first sight to be the same for all practical purposes … but when it comes to tax, NI and benefits there are some very important differences. Here is an opportunity to tackle both small business models in a single event spanning two days, with integrated notes ensuring that the two “halves” are compatible.


Offered as a 2-day Workshop for a comprehensive coverage of this topic, or each day can be arranged separately. 

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Housing Benefit For The Self-Employed

London 

 Date TBC for September / October 

 

Kingsley Holborn Thistle Hotel, Bloomsbury, 

City Centre Venue. (Near British Museum)


Workshop Fee: £285 + VAT.    4th Place Free on same date & venue.


How to calculate income and capital for benefit claimants who work for themselves as a self-employed sole trader.  A Workshop increasingly being requested to cover this growing topic. 

Housing Benefit For Small Business Owners (Limited Company Directors)

 London 

 Date TBC for September / October 


 Kingsley Holborn Thistle Hotel, Bloomsbury, 

City Centre Venue. (Near British Museum)


Workshop Fee: £285 + VAT.    4th Place Free on same date & venue.


One of our most asked about areas of Housing Benefit has been how to calculate income and capital for claimants who work for a company in which they own a significant shareholding – namely people who have set up their own ‘limited company’ that is often just a small business enterprise run from home. This Workshop looks in detail specifically at the issues involved when assessing or advising on housing benefit claims from people who set up their small business and become ‘company directors’.