UNIVERSAL CREDIT 2018

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.

"Excellent" Mike Tonkin, New Law Solicitors

"Great to feed off trainer's and others benefits experience" Tracey Jones, Age Concern Torfaen

"Very useful" Pam Bugg, Fry Housing Trust

This course includes a years free access to our Universal Credit Calculator in our members area(worth £95). 

Get ready for Universal Credit. In launching the Welfare Reform Act 2012, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, promised the biggest shake up of the Welfare Benefits system for 60 years.  Universal Credit will start to replace Housing Benefit,  Tax Credits,  Income Support,  Employment and Support Allowance(income related),  Job Seekers Allowance(income based) for working age clients from April 2013.  Some of the aims are to incentivise work and simplify the administration of Welfare Benefits.  

This course will include details on-

  • The reasons for change
  • The basics of Universal Credit in key card format
  • Cost implications
  • Timetable for changes to the system
  • live vs the digital service
  • Which clients are likely to be affected
  • Exceptions
  • changes to Universal Credit over the last 2 years,  including the Autumn budget 2017
  • Calculating Universal Credit
  • Some of the detail, for example assessment periods, APA’s and claiming online
  • Where we are headed- at a glance guide to the Benefits System
  • A chance to discuss with other participants how you might respond both as an organisation and with your clients in mind

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.

 
Timetable for implementation-

There are currently over 600,000 live claims for Universal Credit.  

Universal Credit is currently operating in England,  Scotland and Wales mainly for new claims by single job seekers who meet the gateway conditions.  

The main exception to this is in parts of London('the Digital Service Area').  In the Digital Service Area,  any type of new claim for Universal Credit is allowed and claimants are expected to manage their claims on line.     

The Government has announced further details on the timetable for the rollout of the Digital Service Areas across the UK from 2016- 2018.  

click here for our guide to when the digital service area will come to your area.

2019-2022 will see the migration of any remaining claims for the 6 legacy benefit Universal Credit replaces.

 

Booking

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.