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.

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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

  • Adviser NI - Level 4 Certificate in Providing Social Security Advice

    28 November 2019 - 09:30

    This exciting new national qualification was piloted last year, receiving high praise from both new and experienced advisers, wishing to refresh their advice knowledge and competence. It covers all the skills, knowledge, processes and practice of providing multi-channel advice. It is taught via a...
  • Challenging Universal Credit Decisions

    17 December 2019 - 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 in relation to clients conditionality, the work capability assessment and sanctions.