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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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  • Universal Credit Awareness Session - 26th February 2018

    26 February 2018 - 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...
  • Wiseradviser: Court Action for Enforcement for Judgements Office - (28th February 2018)

    28 February 2018 - 10:00

    This specialist level course will equip money advisers with knowledge of the debt enforcement process in Northern Ireland and the role of the adviser when assisting clients. It will outline where an intervention to negotiate, advocate and formally represent by the lay dvocate can be actioned at...
  • Rates: Enforcement and Liability - (5th March 2018)

    05 March 2018 - 10:00

    This skilled level course provides a comprehensive overview of Rates in Northern Ireland. It will enable you to advise your client on their rights and responsibilities in relation to Rates including liability, exemption, calculations, bills, help with rates and the debt recovery process. This...
  • Nutshell: Using PIP Guidance and Case Law to Challenge Decisions

    08 March 2018 - 10:00

    This session will help you challenge negative PIP decisions by focusing on significant regulations, guidance and case law to incorporate into your mandatory reconsiderations, appeals and complaints to the assessment provider.
  • Nutshell: Help with Short Term Financial Need

    08 March 2018 - 13:00

    We have a selection of Welfare Reform sessions suitable for those who have already benefited from our Welfare Reform training and wish to update their knowledge in a timely and cost effective manner or for those who just need information on a specific aspect of Welfare Reform. Location: All of...
  • Adviser NI: The Complete Adviser Training Programme - Belfast : (13th March - 22nd May 2018)

    13 March 2018 - 10:00

    This exciting new qualification covers the skills, knowledge, processes, and practice of providing multi-channel advice. It is taught via a face-to-face, online, placement, and distance learning approach allowing opportunities for application, including completion of benefits forms. The course...

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