UNIVERSAL CREDIT 2017

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
  • 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 500,000 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-

'The full Universal Credit service for new claims remains on track to be delivered nationally for all types of claimants from May 2016, completing in summer 2018....  Universal Credit Full Service go-live Jobcentres May to end of 2016- 

Phase 1 May 2016   Bath and North East Somerset Council   Bath JCP     Newcastle City Council     Newcastle Cathedral Square JCP   Rugby Borough Council     Rugby JCP     Sedgemoor District Council     Bridgwater JCP   Waveney District Council     Lowestoft JCP   June 2016     Harrogate Borough Council     Harrogate JCP     Richmondshire District Council     Richmond JCP     Highland Council     Inverness JCP  London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham     Hammersmith JCP  Ryedale District Council     Ryedale JCP   July 2016     Halton Borough Council     Runcorn JCP & Widnes JCP   Lancaster City Council     Lancaster JCP & Morecambe JCP     Mendip District Council     Frome JCP Wells JCP   Phase 2 October 2016     Craven District Council     Skipton JCP     Hambleton District Council     Northallerton JCP     London Borough of Lambeth     Kennington Park JCP     London Borough of Southwark     Peckham JCP     Taunton Deane Borough Council     Taunton JCP    West Somerset Council     Minehead JCP  November 2016     Allerdale Borough Council     Workington JCP     Copeland Borough Council     Whitehaven JCP     Daventry District Council     Daventry JCP  Harborough District Council     Market Harborough JCP  Highland Council     Dingwall JCP & Fort William JCP & Invergordon JCP & Portree & JCP Wick JCP  Melton Borough Council     Melton Mowbray JCP December 2016     Hartlepool Borough Council     Hartlepool JCP    Hastings Borough Council     Hastings JCP  London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham Fulham JCP & Shepherds Bush JCP   Stratford District Council Stratford-upon-Avon JCP   Swindon Borough Council     Swindon JC' 

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

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

 

17/10/2017
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
06/11/2017
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
07/11/2017
Radisson Blu Hotel Meridian Gate, Bute Terrace, Cardiff CF10 2FL - 400 metres from Cardiff Central station
14/11/2017
The Studio Birmingham 7 Cannon Street, Birmingham, B2 5EP- T: 0121 634 2800 - 300 metres from Birmingham New Street Station
15/11/2017
The Studio Manchester The Hive, 51 Lever Street, Manchester M1 1FN T: 0121 634 2800- 600 metres from Manchester Piccadilly station

Cancellation

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).

Transfers

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

Booking

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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

£180

Voluntary organisations with 5 or less full time staff

£145

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

£230

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