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 penalties and claimant conditionality. It will highlight in detail how Universal Credit entitlement is calculated for single people, lone parents, couples, those with dependent children, those who have limited capability for work, carers and those who need assistance with housing costs.
Learning Objectives: By the end of this course learners will be able to:
Identify which benefits Universal Credit replaces and which remain outside Universal Credit.
Understand how Universal Credit is calculated for different groups of people.
Be able to calculate Universal Credit Maximum amounts and the benefit cap.
Understand the complex conditions of entitlement to Universal Credit.
Who Should Attend:
The course is recommended for advisers and other colleagues who have a baseline knowledge of the Social Security Benefits system or those who have completed our 'Overview of Welfare Reform' course.
There is a charge of £75 to Advice NI Members, £95 to Voluntary and Community Sector organisations and £125 to Private and Statutory Sector organisations.
There are 6 CPD hours available for this course.
This course can be used as evidence towards a range of units in our Advice and Guidance NVQ’s and Legal Advice qualifications including ‘Understanding the Importance of Legislation and Procedures’ (Unit 30). It is also linked to the National Occupational Standards for Legal Advisers including ‘IB19 – First Line Welfare Rights and Legal Advice’.
Progression routes: This course is linked to our “Welfare Reform Training Programme” and can be studied with two other courses linked to welfare reform subject matter (see Welfare Reform Training Programme for further details).