All our courses are updated to include the latest changes / proposed changes announced in the Coalition's Emergency Budget and Spending Review. Courses can be run at a basic or more experienced level and usually last one day.

"Really good training.  Great small group. Resources were extremely useful." Bethan Edwards,  Melin Homes 

"A very good incite into housing costs and Universal Credit"  Lisa Gardner,  Sandwell MBCP

"An excellent foundation course"  Robyn Ranu,  Falcoln Point Mangement Group

The Housing Cost Element of Universal Credit allows support to be paid for rent or mortgage housing costs.  This course examines how costs are paid and calculated under the new Universal Credit system being rolled out nationally from October 2013.  There will be a chance to discuss with other participants the implications for your service.

This course will include details on-

  • the timetable for the introduction of Universal Credit(and briefly, the basics)
  • how renters and clients with mortgages will have housing costs met
  • how shared owners will have housing costs met
  • restrictions on housing costs-  service charges payable,  non dependants,  the Benefit Cap, size criteria, high cost criteria
  • assessment periods, and effect on monthly payments of changes of circumstances
  • alternative payment arrangements including payments to landlords
  • backdating
  • absence from home and overlapping housing costs, notice periods
  • the Benefit Cap under Universal Credit
  • mortgage housing costs under Universal Credit(briefly)
  • at a glance guide between the Universal Credit Housing Costs System and the Housing Benefit/  Mortgage Interest System 
  • a chance to discuss with other participants implications for your service

duration— 1 day  10am- 4pm

Course Level- Update (for delegates with or without prior knowledge of the subject)

Course accreditation- the Solicitors Regulation Authority has authorised us to award 5.25 hours Continuing Professional Development(CPD) points for solicitors attending this course. Our allocated CPD reference is EJV/SWTL.


Booking - In-House

Booking - In-House Courses

Please e mail us to explain your needs and get a quotation.


We provide:

· Planning, course development and delivery

· Comprehensive course guides, Benefits rate posters

· Evaluation on course completion, course certificates

· free post course learning resources- newsletters


You provide:

· The venue (arrangement & payment)

· Equipment (Digital projector and flipchart)

Maximum number of 16 participants.  


In-house Course Cancellation-   If we cancel the course, then a full refund will be paid(excluding other costs, such as travel).  No refund will be payable if you cancel the course within one month of the commencement date.  We will try to set a mutually convenient new date for the training and additional costs for travel/  accomodation,  if pre booked,  may be chargeable.