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​East Belfast Independent Advice Centre

​Appealing an Incapacity Benefit / Income Support (IB/IS) reassessment

The client was a 58 year old woman with long term mental and physical health problems including chronic anxiety, panic attacks, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and chronic low back pain. She had been in receipt of Incapacity Benefit / Income Support (IB/IS) for many years. On IB/IS reassessment for Employment & Support Allowance (ESA) she was awarded zero points and found not to have limited capability for work.

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  • An Introduction to Providing Debt Advice

    06 October 2016 - 09:30

    This generalist level course is accredited with OCNNI at Level 3. It will help you understand the basic principles of money advice; explore the nature and extent of a debt problem and how to check your client’s liability. This course (or equivalent) is a pre-requisite for attending skilled level (...
  • Understanding Age Awareness and Working with Older People

    11 October 2016 - 09:30

    This thought provoking, practical and engaging half day session will equip individuals with essential front line skills to help anyone working directly with older people. Examine Ageing, population changes and issues affecting older people. Challenge perceptions/stereotypes. Consider how to better...
  • From Social Fund to Discretionary Support

    12 October 2016 - 10:30

    This session will explain the impact of Welfare Reform on the Social Fund and what remains in place after reform. It will look at the new Discretionary Support Scheme and the role of the Discretionary Support Scheme Commissioner.
  • Business Debts: Self-Employed Clients and Directors of Limited Companies

    18 October 2016 - 09:30

    As in many areas of money advice it is vital that advisers understand some key points before advising on Business Debts. This course will enable you to advise and assist individuals with business debts when they have ceased trading and to make appropriate referrals where they continue to trade. You...
  • Question Time Session: The Mitigation Package

    19 October 2016 - 14:00

    Have your questions on Welfare Reform answered by our experts. We will conduct specific Question Time sessions lasting 2 hours and strictly limited to 12 places per session. Once booked, we will contact you to find out that one burning question you have about Welfare Reform. Our experts will...
  • PIP: What You Need to Know About the New Form and Medical Assessment

    20 October 2016 - 10:30

    PIP Fresh Claims began on June 20th 2016. This practical session will advise you on best practice in form completion and how to advise your clients in preparation for the medical assessment.

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