Workshops Coming Up....

An Introduction To Housing Benefit & Council Tax Reduction (2-Day Workshop)

London -  Tuesday & Wednesday, 9th & 10th October. 

Kingsley Holborn Thistle Hotel,  (Holborn / Bloomsbury - Near the British Museum.)

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

For many years our "Introduction To Housing Benefit & CTR" Workshop in London 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 & Social Housing For EEA Nationals: Current Rules & A Look To After Brexit

Contact us for availability of dates for our 1 and 2-Day In-House "HB For Persons From Abroad" Workshops.

November dates to be announced shorlty. Please contact us for details.

Constantly being updated with all the very latest information!  The UK will leave the EU in 2019, but in the meantime European citizens in the UK continue to have access to benefits and social housing as long as they have a “right to reside” in the UK. It remains vitally important for decision makers, advisors and social landlords to stay on top of this complex and ever-evolving subject. This Workshop is suitable for people who need a working knowledge of how European claimants and their family members can access means-tested benefits and give appropriate advice to claimants without necessarily having to consult complex source material or compile legal submissions. Ideal for benefits assessors, social housing allocation officers, homelessness officers, income management and customer contact staff involved in benefits advice.  (Including a helpful Desk Top Aid.)  

Preparing For Housing Benefit Appeals & Tribunals

London - Wednesday, 14th November, 2018.   

Kingsley Holborn Thistle Hotel,  (Holborn / Bloomsbury - Near the British Museum.)

Manchester - Wednesday, 21st  November, 2018.       

City Centre Hotel Venue.

Our comprehensive ‘HB Appeals’ Workshop is aimed at both local authority Benefits staff and those representing claimants in HB appeals who prepare and/or present HB appeal cases. Delegates should have a reasonable knowledge of HB generally, but the content is suitable for both new and experienced staff involved in the appeals process.

Housing Benefit & Supported Accommodation: A Guide To Supported Accommodation Case Work

London - Tuesday, 13th November, 2018. 

Kingsley Holborn Thistle Hotel,  (Holborn / Bloomsbury - Near the British Museum.)

Manchester - Tuesday, 20th November, 2018.       

City Centre Hotel Venue.

A completely revised Workshop for 2018 now aimed specifically just at staff from Local Authorities. (We now offer an alternative programme that is more focussed on the issues of importance to providers of supported accommodation -  e.g. Housing Association staff).  Supported accommodation continues to generate complex and time-consuming case work for local authorities. This Workshop looks at the process of deciding whether supported accommodation schemes fall within the “exempt accommodation” definition and, if they do, establishing whether charges are reasonable. The target audience for the Workshop are Local Authority HB decision makers, as the focus is on case work and prevention of abuse.

Universal Credit - Towards Managed Migration

London - Tuesday, 18th September, 2018.    

Hyde Park Thistle Hotel, Central London.

Nottingham - Wednesday, 19th Septemer, 2018.    

Bristol - Thursday, 20th September, 2018.    

City Centre Hotel Venues.  

Our new Workshop provides the very latest information about Universal Credit for local authorities, social landlords and benefits advisors.  (Please Note that if you require this Workshop inhouse we now have very few dates remaining before November).     

Workshop Fee: £260 + VAT.    4th Place Free on same date & venue. 

By the end of 2018, every Jobcentre in Great Britain will have converted to “full service” Universal Credit. With a few exceptions, it will no longer be possible for working age people to make new claims for HB and other legacy means-tested benefits. A transitional phase will follow, during which UC exists alongside the existing caseload of legacy claims (including cases where new legacy claims continue to be allowed). The Workshop will look at issues affecting the management of this legacy caseload. 

Housing Benefit For Students

An often confusing topic for people, this Workshop looks at how to calculate income and capital for benefit claimants who work for themselves as a self-employed sole trader.   

(For further details download the programme below.)

London - Thursday, 6th September.

Kingsley Holborn Thistle Hotel,  (Holborn / Bloomsbury - Near the British Museum.)

Ask any HB assessor to name the types of case they find most difficult and “students” is sure to feature!  The most intimidating aspect of a student HB assessment is how to deal with student income – the arrangements for student finance have changed so often in the last few years that it can be difficult to keep up. A Training Workshop which gives delegates a chance to catch up with the treatment of students in the HB scheme, including the correct calculation of current sources of student income.

(For further details download the programme below.)

Further Topics for Regional Workshop dates to be announced shortly.

Housing Benefit For Self-Employed & Small Business Owners

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

Attend either or both Workshops depending on your requirements for a comprehensive coverage of this important topic.  Often booked as a comprehensive 2-Day In-House Workshop Programme. 

Housing Benefit For The Self-Employed

London – Wednesday, 3rd October, 2018.   

City Centre Hotel 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 & Council Tax For Owners (Directors) Of Small Private Companies

London – Thursday, 4th October, 2018.     

City Centre Hotel 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’.