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.

Clients with mental health conditions often experience additional barriers to secure full entitlement to benefits.
The course covers: 
  • what are the barriers to claiming benefits for people with mental health conditions  
  • a chance to exchange tactics with other participants 

using 4 casestudies to-

  • identify and signpost to the correct benefits 
  • be aware of common diagnoses, symptoms, medication and side-effects
  • understand the Work Capability Assessment test for Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit,  including substantial risk
  • understand the disability tests for Personal Independence Payment 
  • understand the severe disability premium and changes under Universal Credit- who is worse off
  • identify legal provisions in the Benefits system which are to the advantage of this client group

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.

Radisson Blu Hotel Meridian Gate, Bute Terrace, Cardiff CF10 2FL - 400 metres from Cardiff Central station
The Studio Birmingham 7 Cannon Street, Birmingham, B2 5EP- T: 0121 634 2800 - 300 metres from Birmingham New Street Station
The Studio Manchester The Hive, 51 Lever Street, Manchester M1 1FN T: 0121 634 2800- 600 metres from Manchester Piccadilly station
MSE meeting rooms 103a Oxford Street London W1D 2HG- T: 020 3470 0295 - 400 metres from both Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court Road tube stations


If you cancel the course more than 3 weeks before the commencement date, then a £35 administration fee will be payable. The course fee will remain payable if you cancel the course within 3 weeks of the commencement date. If we cancel the course, then full refunds will be paid to participants (excluding other costs, such as travel).


You are free to transfer places between employees within your organisation at no extra cost.


Booking - Open

Booking - Open Courses

Please click on a booking link above on the date you are interested in.

We aim to reply within one working day. 

cost- 1 day courses-  Courses normally run from 10am - 4pm.

Social workers can choose to count courses towards their professional development.


cost per place

Public sector, housing associations and voluntary sector


Voluntary organisations with 5 or less full time staff


Solicitors and financial services(5.25 hours CPD accreditation available).  Our allocated CPD reference is EJV/SWTL.


VAT will be added to the cost.

this includes-

  • comprehensive course guide
  • colour Benefit rates poster
  • lunch and refreshments
  • certificate of attendance
  • access to post course support with your cases