Workshops Coming Up....

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

London -  Tuesday & Wednesday, 5th & 6th February, 2019.

Central London.

Leeds - February Dates TBC shortly.

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. 


Housing Benefit Advice & Social Housing For EEA Nationals: Current Rules & A Look To After Brexit

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

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.)

Workshop Fee: £260 + 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.

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

Tuesday, 13th November, 2018. 

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

Manchester - Tuesday, 20th November, 2018.       

The Novotel, City Centre Hotel Venue.

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

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Universal Credit - Full Service

Dates to be announced shortly.

Our new Workshop provides the very latest information about Universal Credit for local authorities, social landlords and benefits advisors.  

Workshop Fee: £270 + VAT.    4th Place Free on same date & venue. 

A Training Workshop for local authorities whose area is switching to ‘Full Service’ Universal Credit.  By the end of the day delegates will understand how ‘Full Service’ UC affects existing HB claimants and those wishing to make new claims, as well as the administrative processes they will need to follow.

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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 - Tuesday, 27th November. 

Central London.

Workshop Fee: £270 + 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?

Further Topics for Regional Workshop dates to be announced shortly.

Find out more about the HB ADJUDICATION WORKSHOP

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

Further dates for 2019 to be announced shortly.

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

Further dates for 2019 to be announced shortly.

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’.