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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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  • Preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

    22 August 2017 - 10:30

    Have you heard about the reform to data protection law taking place next year? Are you wondering what this means and how it might impact you, your organisation and the advice services you provide? The General Data Protection Regulation will come into force on 25 May 2018 and will build on the...
  • Preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

    22 August 2017 - 13:30

    Have you heard about the reform to data protection law taking place next year? Are you wondering what this means and how it might impact you, your organisation and the advice services you provide? The General Data Protection Regulation will come into force on 25 May 2018 and will build on the...
  • Universal Credit Awareness Session - 25th August 2017

    25 August 2017 - 10:00

    This FREE half day training session focuses on perhaps the most significant reform to Social Security since the inception of the Welfare State. It provides participants with an overview of which means tested benefits Universal Credit replaces, how entitlement is calculated, how it works for...
  • An Introduction to Universal Credit

    30 August 2017 - 09:30

    Universal Credit will fundamentally change the current means-tested benefits and tax credit systems as we know it. This in depth 1 day course will explain the detailed rules of Universal Credit including the basic conditions of entitlement, financial conditions, benefit caps, under occupancy...
  • An Introduction to Personal Independence Payments

    04 September 2017 - 09:30

    The Welfare Reform Act received Royal Assent at Westminster on the 8th of March 2012 and introduced significant reforms to the Social Security Benefit System including the abolition of Disability Living Allowance for working age people in favour of a new benefit known as a Personal Independence...
  • Nutshell - Universal Credit - Preparing Your Clients for Practicalities - 4th September 2017

    04 September 2017 - 14:00

    This interactive, multimedia session will help you to prepare your clients for the Universal Credit Roll Out from September 2017 onwards. It will enable you to provide them with the tools and understanding of how to make and maintain a Universal Credit claim , understand the important role of...

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