Benefits & Welfare Reform

Social Security benefits and welfare reform is a core area of training at Advice NI. We offer training in both the current benefits system and the system post-Welfare Reform. Our training in this area is dynamic and regularly updated to reflect the ever changing subject area.

Training Packages

We offer training packages and single courses to future proof your knowledge of the Social Security system and prepare you for welfare reform. This includes:
  • The Welfare Reform Training Programme
  • An Overview of Welfare Reform and the Mitigations Package
  • An Introduction to Universal Credit
  • An Introduction to Personal Independence Payments
  • The State Retirement Pension for Beginners
  • What You Need to Know About Child Maintenance
We have additional off the shelf courses in the following areas of Social Security Benefits and Welfare Reform which can be delivered on a bespoke basis:
Course Title Course Length
An Introduction to Older People’s Benefits 2 Day Course
An Introduction to Younger People’s Benefits 1 Day Course
An Overview of Younger People’s Benefits ½ Day Course
An Overview of Older People Benefits ½ Day Course
Understanding State Retirement Pension 2 Day Course
State Pension Reform ½ Day Course
An Overview of Welfare Benefits (Existing System) ½ Day Course
An Introduction to Benefits and Tax Credits (Existing System) 1 Day Course
Overview of Welfare Reform and PIP 1 Day Course
Impact of Welfare Reform on People with Disabilities ½ Day Course
Overview of the Impact of Welfare Reform ½ Day Course
Financial Inclusion and Welfare Reform ½ Day Course

Further information about our bespoke training can be found here

Vocational Training in Welfare Rights

The Legal Advice qualifications offered by Advice NI include units on ‘Providing Initial Legal Advice in Welfare Rights’ and ‘Providing Legal Advice and Casework in the Area of Welfare Rights’ which can be studied within the full qualifications or as stand-alone units. See our Vocational Qualifications section.

For further information contact training@adviceni.net

A wealth of information and a very useful comparison on where we are with all benefits and where we are going. I feel prepared for Welfare Reform

Training participant, 2015

Upcoming Training

  • 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: Challenging Decisions and Welfare Reform

    13 September 2017 - 10:00

    This session will look at how decisions are made, what mandatory reconsideration is and what direct lodgement means for a client’s rights to appeal. It will explain the new process for challenging a case and the financial considerations of this for benefits like ESA or JSA.
  • Nutshell: Challenging Decisions and Welfare Reform

    13 September 2017 - 10:00

    This session will look at how decisions are made, what mandatory reconsideration is and what direct lodgement means for a client’s rights to appeal. It will explain the new process for challenging a case and the financial considerations of this for benefits like ESA or JSA.
  • Universal Credit Awareness Session - 13th September 2017

    13 September 2017 - 13:30

    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...
  • Nutshell: Everything You Need to Know About Employment and Support Allowance in Welfare Reform

    14 September 2017 - 14:00

    This session will look at all of the key reforms to ESA including; time limiting of Contributions Based ESA; ESA for Young People; What ESA will look like within Universal Credit; Changes to the Work Related Activity Group; and ESA mandatory reconsiderations, sanctions and mitigations.
  • Universal Credit Awareness Session - 19th September 2017

    19 September 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...
  • Nutshell : What You Need to Know About Child Maintenance Reforms

    21 September 2017 - 14:00

    Child maintenance is a vital but often misunderstood source of financial help for lone parents. This practical and informative briefing will allow advisers to gain a better understanding of the Child Maintenance Service’s functions to help their clients navigate the service more effectively and...
  • Universal Credit Awareness Session - 27th September 2017

    27 September 2017 - 13:00

    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 Overview of Welfare Reform and the Mitigations Package

    02 October 2017 - 09:30

    This half day training course provides participants with a dynamic overview of the changes initiated by welfare reform and the mitigations tabled by the Welfare Reform Mitigations Working Group (January 2016). It covers reforms to benefits for children, working age and older people, including means...
  • Nutshell: From Social Fund to Discretionary Support

    11 October 2017 - 10:00

    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.
  • Universal Credit Awareness Session - 11th October 2017

    11 October 2017 - 13:00

    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...
  • Nutshell: Understanding Welfare Reform Sanctions

    16 October 2017 - 14:00

    This session will explain how individuals will have certain obligations placed upon them to successfully maintain their claim to benefits and the impact of sanctions on those deemed not to have carried out these actions.
  • Universal Credit Awareness Session - 25th October 2017

    25 October 2017 - 13:00

    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...
  • The State Retirement Pension for Beginners (Including Pension Reforms)

    30 October 2017 - 09:30

    The State Retirement Pension has seen its most significant reform in two generations and is set to continue to see further changes. This short and practical overview will help you understand just how the State Pension actually works now and what it might look like in the future. It will cover: •...
  • An Accredited Guide to Welfare Reforms (Run 2)

    15 November 2017 - 09:30

    This interactive course covers all aspects of current welfare reforms including PIP, ESA changes, Discretionary Support, and changes to housing related benefits. It explores sanctions, mitigations, and challenging decisions (e.g. mandatory reconsiderations). The course will fully equip advisers...
  • Nutshell: PIP - What You Need to Know About the New Form and Medical Assessment

    20 November 2017 - 10:00

    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.
  • Nutshell: From Social Fund to Discretionary Support

    20 November 2017 - 13:30

    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.
  • An Introduction to Personal Independence Payments (Run 2)

    23 November 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...
  • An Introduction to Universal Credit (Run 2)

    30 November 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...
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