Workshops Coming Up....

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

London - Tuesday & Wednesday, 21st & 22nd May, 2019.

City Centre Hotel Venue.


Workshop Fee: £490 + VAT.    4th Place Free on same date & venue.

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. 

Find out more ABOUT THE INTRODUCTION TO HB WORKSHOP

Benefits Advice For EU Nationals

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


London - Tuesday, 21st May.

Birmingham - Wednesday, 12th June.     

Leeds - Wednesday, 19th June. 

City Centre Hotel Venues.


Workshop Fee: £280 + VAT.    4th Place Free on same date & venue.


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’s future relationship with the EU remains uncertain, but remarkably the one thing we can predict with almost complete certainty is the rights that EEA Nationals will have in the UK’s benefits system. All plausible options mean that most of the existing rules governing access to benefits and social housing will continue for some time. With claimants often confused by recent Brexit events this is therefore a good time to refresh your knowledge of the current rules for EU Nationals. 


It is likely that political developments in the coming weeks will further clarify things – the Workshop will reflect the most up to date information available on the day. (Including a helpful Desk Top Aid.)  

Find out more ABOUT THE EEA WORKSHOP

Preparing For Housing Benefit Appeals & Tribunals

London - Wednesday, 10th July. 

Central London Hotel Venue.


Workshop Fee: £280 + VAT.    4th Place Free on same date & 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.

Find out more about the HB APPEALS WORKSHOP

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

London - Tuesday, 9th July. 

Central London Hotel Venue.


Workshop Fee: £280 + VAT.    4th Place Free on same date & venue.


A workshop designed to help local authorities balance the overlapping and sometimes conflicting requirements of ensuring that vulnerable people have secure housing and all the care and support they need while keeping HB payments within reasonable limits and maximising HB subsidy. Suitable for HB decision makers and appeals officers, as well as officers working in housing strategy or commissioning. While representatives from Provider and Landlord organisations are also welcome to attend this event, we recommend instead our alternative Supported Accommodation Workshop that looks at this subject from the provider perspective (which is available for in-house bookings only).

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Universal Credit

 Universal Credit  :  Managing The Legacy HB Caseload Alongside UC

All the very latest information!  


Exeter - Wednesday, 1st May.      

London - Thursday, 16th May.    

Birmingham - Tuesday, 11th June.        

Leeds - Tuesday, 18th June.

City Centre Hotel Venues.


Workshop Fee: £280 + VAT.    4th Place Free on same date & venue.


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


A Training Workshop for local authority HB staff and those who give benefits advice to claimants. The delay to managed migration means remaining working age HB (and other legacy benefit) awards will linger for longer and claimants are more likely to come into contact with UC through natural events as opposed to a managed process. This Workshop deals with the complex issues that arise for local authorities and others dealing with legacy benefit claimants: For example SDP entitlement, legacy benefit appeals (especially ESA), and mixed age couples to mention just three of the subjects giving rise to frequently asked questions.


The programme for this Workshop is kept constantly under review and the day will reflect the most up-to-date UC news and information, with any newly emerging issues also included. The Workshop is presented by Peter Barker, who is widely known for his knowledge, expertise and training in all aspects of Housing Benefits and the Welfare Reform Programme. 


Find out more about the uc workshop

Other Workshops Coming Up....

Housing Benefit Adjudication

Correct Decision Making, Revision & Supersession

An advanced guide to the mechanisms for changing HB decisions.  


A topic that we are being increasingly asked to provide training for, this comprehensive Workshop is aimed at both local authority Benefits staff and those advising claimants on their HB/CTRS applications.

(For further details download the programme below.)


London - Wednesday, 8th May, 2019. 

Central London Hotel Venue.

Workshop Fee: £280 + VAT.    4th Place Free on same date & venue.


Correct decision making is an important part of HB administration. Apart from calculating the amount of the claimant’s HB correctly it is important to make sure that it is awarded from the correct date. This includes not just the start of a new award, but changes to existing entitlement.  It is an area in which Councils frequently make mistakes, with implications ranging from the relatively trivial (implementing a superseding decision from the following week instead of the current week) to the more serious, such as making a superseding decision from the current week instead of revising a decision made some time ago.


In this Workshop we will look at all the available grounds for revision and identify those which carry a time limit and those which do not. Similarly, we will look at grounds for making a superseding decision and identify those situations where the claimant is required to report event within a time limit and those where s/he is not.  Where a time limit does apply, when can it be extended? What are the consequences if the time limit is not extended?


Housing Benefit Entitement For Students 

London - Thursday, 13th June.      

City Centre Hotel Venue.

Workshop Fee: £280 + VAT.    4th Place Free on same date & venue.


Ask any HB assessor to name the types of case they find most difficult and “students” is sure to feature!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.


Housing Benefit For Self-Employed Claimants   

London - Thursday, 9th May.       

 City Centre Hotel Venue.  

Workshop Fee: £280 + VAT.    4th Place Free on same date & venue

(More information below.)


Housing Benefit Entitement For Small Business Owners (Limited Company Directors)  

London - Wednesday, 22nd May.        

City Centre Hotel Venue.  

Workshop Fee: £280 + VAT.    4th Place Free on same date & venue

(More information below.)


Further Topics for Regional Workshop dates to be announced shortly.

Find out more about the HB ADJUDICATION WORKSHOP

HB For the Self-Employed & Small Business Owners (dIRECTORS)

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 - Thursday, 9th May, 2019.     

Central London Hotel Venue.       

Workshop Fee: £280 + 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. 

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Housing Benefit For Small Business Owners (Limited Company Directors)

London - Tuesday, 4th June, 2019. (New Date)      

Central London Hotel Venue.         

Workshop Fee: £280 + 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’.