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Raising awareness and take up of benefits

Current Training Programme

PERSONAL INDEPENDENCE PAYMENTS Code 60

Personal Independence Payments (PIP) is the key benefit for the whole range of disabilities, illnesses and impairments.

It is the benefit to be claimed by new claimants AND it is now being rolled out across the country for those still on DLA.

PIP is a different benefit with a different definition of 'need' and a new way of assessing that need.  It has many significant features that are different from DLA, and there are new gainers and losers.

This course tells you all you need to know about PIP, including what your clients have to do when their DLA stops.

Level: Basic
Date: TBA
Time 10am – 4pm

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NEW APPEALS PROCEDURE: ONE YEAR ON - SEMINAR Code 99

There are new rules covering how and when you can challenge a DWP decision and two new terms have been coined to describe them: ‘mandatory reconsiderations’ and ‘direct lodgements’.

We show how to initially challenge a social security benefit decision and how to make a legally correct appeal within the new rules, and look at the implications for key benefits such as ESA and PIP.

We also outline when to refer to WWRAS for representation.

* note – see ‘seminar rate’.

Level: Standard
Date: TBA
Time 10am – 12noon

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DISABILITY LIVING ALLOWANCE FOR CHILDREN Code 11/4

DLA is the key benefit for children who have a disability or additional needs, of any description.  We outline the conditions of entitlement, and focus how to demonstrate 'personal care' and 'mobility' via the main assessment tool that is the claim pack.

We will explain the process when, at 16, the new benefit Personal Independence Payment (PIP) has to be claimed instead.  Also covered will be the impact of stays in residential schools, care homes and hospital.

Finally we will briefly highlight the other benefits that can be claimed by parents/carers of a disabled child.

Level: Basic
Date: TBA
Time 10am – 4pm

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BENEFIT CHANGES SEMINAR 2016 Code 23a

We've been ploughing through the details so you don't have to!

Our annual seminar outlining changes both recently introduced and about to come in, for 2016 and beyond, so we outline the relevant bits of recent major legislation, Welfare Reform and Work Bill from the summer budget and autumn statement.

Why not also book on "Challenging Decisions" later that day?

* Note - see 'seminar rate'.

 

Level: Standard
Date: TBA
Time 10am – 12noon

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THE BENEFIT SYSTEM AND HOW IT WORKS Code 1

The nuts & bolts of the system.

This course covers the issues relevant to all benefits – the structure of the Department for Work and Pensions, claims, time limits, appeals, overpayments, how to keep up-to-date and where to get advice.

The rules for individual benefits are not dealt with.

Suitable for those with little or no previous knowledge of the Benefits system.

The follow-on courses from this are 'Working Age Benefits - Basics' and 'Older People - Maximising Income'.

Level: Basic
Date: 20th October 2016
Time 10am – 4pm

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OLDER PEOPLE - MAXIMISING INCOME Code 50

Pension Credit and Attendance Allowance are the two key benefits for those over 'pension age', important in giving them options through greater financial independence.

We detail Pension Credit, showing how your clients/customers can claim this valuable benefit.  We outline the main rules for Attendance Allowance highlighting how to meet the definition of 'personal care'.

Finally we demonstrate how the link between these two benefits could double for clients/customers income and thus increase financial options.

For more details on Attendance Allowance, see our sister course 'Attendance Allowance: Filling in the claim form'.

Level: Basic
Date: 9th June 2016
Time 10am – 4pm

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EMPLOYMENT AND SUPPORT ALLOWANCE Code 38

A full introduction to this important benefit:  we outline the rules for ESA – the 'limited capacity for work' test (including the alternative "exceptional circumstances" route to eligibility), the claimant and assessment process, income-based ESA, Permitted Work and what to do if found fit for work, including the dispute process (mandatory reconsiderations/appeals).

All those who are unfit for full-time work have to go through the ESA assessment regime every couple of years, and the Government has finally launched its push to migrate old 'incapacity for work' claimants on beenfits over to ESA, so many of your clients will be affected by the ESA assessment procedure.

For more detail on the Support Group and Completing the ESA Questionnaire, see our half day ESA sessions.

Level: Standard
Date: TBA
Time 10am – 4pm

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CARERS BENEFITS Code 3B2

Carers are now even more in the focus - but benefit income is vital.

This course looks at the principal benefit issues for Carers - Carers Allowance, and how it increases other benefits such as Income Support and Pension Credit.  We explain Council Tax Carers Discounts and how to protect future pension rights.

Vital for anyone who works with Carers!.

Level: Basic
Date: 21st July 2016
Time 10am – 4pm

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DISABLED INTO WORK SEMINAR Code 27
This half day seminar details the benefit options available when in work, or if considering employment.  It incorporates Permitted Work and Tax Credits, and the impact on other benefits such as Housing Benefit, with particular regard to people, with a mental illness or physical, sensory or cognitive impairment. 
Level: Basic
Date: TBA
Time 10am – 1.30pm

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UNIVERSAL CREDIT Code 61

Universal Credit is the key strategy of the coalition Government’s twin aim of reducing costs by encouraging moving into work and streamlining the benefit system.

We look at the principles behind this major change, and how the Government intends to use Universal Credit to meet its objectives.  

We will map out the main features of a benefit that is an amalgam of six existing benefits/Tax Credits, and will demonstrate how other key allowances are being directly affected as a result.

 

Level: Standard
Date: 14th July 2016
Time 10am – 4pm

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CHILDREN AND FAMILY BENEFITS Code 31

Useful to anyone working with children, this course outlines the main benefits available to families, and so looks at: Child Benefit [including when in care]; Child Tax Credit; Working Tax Credit; Maternity and Paternity Benefits.

We clarify the position following the proposed cuts to Tax Credits.

Level: Basic
Date: 13th October 2016
Time 10am – 4pm

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COUNCIL TAX FOR CARERS / THE CARED FOR Code 32

We outline the hidden ways that disabled people, and carers, can reduce their Council Tax bill.  For some carers, this may be the only help available to them, and is often the only practical 'official' recognition they get as a carer.

We also show you how to identify and gain from the schemes set aside for those who have a physical disability, learning disability or are mentally ill; help that Councils don't advertise!

Level: Basic
Date: TBA
Time 10am – 1.30pm

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ESA - THE IMPORTANCE OF THE SUPPORT GROUP Code 40

Welfare changes mean the Support Group is even more important than ever.

For different reasons for different claimants, being in the Support Group is the only way that they can remain protected on benefits.  We outline what the law is, and how to apply it.

See also our 'ESA - Completing the Questionnaire'.

* Note - see 'half-day rate'.

Level: Standard
Date: 29th September 2016
Time 1pm - 4pm

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ESA - COMPLETING THE QUESTIONNAIRE Code 41

In this very practical session we go through the ESA50 questionnaire, giving top tips on how to best complete the form.

See also our 'ESA - The Importance of the Support Group'.

* Note - see 'half-day rate'.

Level: Standard
Date: 10th November 2016
Time 10am – 1.30pm

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THE PIP ASSESSMENT FORM / PROCESS Code 62

We outline in detail the unique PIP assessment process, centred around the form and the 'consultation', with the aim of better presenting your clients' daily living needs and mobility limitations.

This is a very practical course which you will use every time you advise a client or fill in the form!

Level: Basic
Date: TBA
Time 10am – 4pm

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BENEFITS AND MENTAL HEALTH Code 25

Outlines the benefits for people with enduring mental illness, looking at questions of entitlement and the challenges they face within the benefit system.

The course is particularly useful for mental health workers, both for those new to the field, and as a refresher.

Level: Basic
Date: 15th September 2016
Time 10am – 4pm

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ATTENDANCE ALLOWANCE: FILLING IN THE CLAIM FORM Code 11/2

Using the application form as the main tool, we offer top tips on how to most effectively present your clients' care needs.

See also 'Older people - Maximising Income'

Level: Basic
Date: 23rd June 2016
Time 10am – 4pm

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YOUNG PARENTS AND BENEFITS Code 37

This course focuses on the benefits position of pregnant teenagers, young mothers and young parents *up to age 24).  It also includes the benefits position of pregnant girls/mothers aged under 16.

Level: Standard
Date: TBA
Time 10am – 1.30pm

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LEARNING DISABILITY AND BENEFITS Code 30

In this basic course we outline the main benefits that can be claimed by adults with a learning disability.  As such we cover the following benefits: Employment and Support Allowance, PIP, Housing Benefit and Council Tax help.

We also look at particular scenarios relevant to the group, i.e. when moving into work, the position at 16/18 and then at pension age.

We also address the moves from DLA to PIP, and the migration to ESA from older "incapacity for work benefits".

At the end of this day those attending will have a clear idea of what their client/customers are on, why they are on these and what they could claim!

Level: Basic
Date: 17th November 2016
Time 10am – 4pm

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WORKING AGE BENEFITS Code 63

In this NEW course we outline the benefits and Tax Credits available for those of working age.

As a whistle-stop tour of working age benefits we do not go into detail, but after attending this course you will have a clear idea of the range and context of benefits that can be claimed - the whys and whens!

Ideal for people who are advisers/frontline workers who don't need a specialist or detailed knowledge of benefits, but for whom this is vital background information, or as a foundation for attending out other courses. 

Level: Basic
Date: 27th October 2016
Time 10am – 4pm

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CHALLENGING DECISIONS Code 64

In this short seminar we outline the ways to challenge a benefit or Tax Credit decision, explaining the different states of mandatory reconsideration/direct lodgement and supersession.

We clarify the differences with Tax Credits and Council Tax challenges and we outline what support WWRAS can offer, including referring a case to WWRAS for representation.

* Note - see 'seminar rate'.

Level: Basic
Date:

29th September 2016 or 1st December 2016

Time 10am - 12noon

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Cost

 

BAND A: Warwickshire County Council and Warwickshire IPU Teams Only FREE
BAND B1: Warwickshire Voluntary/Independent Sector Agencies with an annual gross income below £100,000
  Normal:    £20.00    Half Day rate:    £10.00 Seminar rate:    £5.00
BAND B2: Warwickshire Voluntary/Independent Sector Agencies with an annual gross income of £100,000 - £500,000
  Normal:    £25.00    Half Day rate:    £15.00 Seminar rate:    £10.00
BAND C1: All Housing Associations; statutory agencies [including NHS]; commercial organisations; registered charities with income of over £500,000
  Normal:    £50.00    Half Day rate:    £40.00 Seminar rate:    £20.00
BAND C2: Any NON-Warwickshire organisation, regardless of income
  Normal:    £60.00    Half Day rate:    £40.00 Seminar rate:    £20.00


BLOCK-BOOKING DISCOUNTS:
are available at the following rate: Book 5 places & get the cheapest free - you only pay for 4
[we reserive the right to limit places from the same agency if the booking is for the same course]

VOLUNTEERS:
If we have spare capacity we will offer places on certain courses to unpaid volunteers of Warwickshire charitable organisations, at our discretion
This will usually be publicised by separate publicity, e.g. mailshots.

 


WWRAS Training in Chronological Order

 

2016

June 9th Older People - Maximising Income
23rd Attendance Allowance: Filling in the Claim Form
July 14th Universal Credit
21st Carers Benefits
September 15th Benefits and Mental Health
29th Challanging Decisions [AM]
29th ESA - The Importance of the Support Group [PM]
October 13th Children and Family Benefits
20th The Benefit System and How it works
27th Working Age Benefits - Basics
November 10th ESA - Completing the Questionnaire
17th Learning Disability and Benefits
December 1st Challenging Decisions [AM]

♦ not full day [end time varies]