Half day courses on Universal Credit led by Welfare Benefits legal adviser

Central England Law Centre Birmingham are now taking bookings for half day courses on Universal Credit in Birmingham

Our staff are experts in their field and experienced in delivering training to staff and volunteers across a range of voluntary and statutory sector organisations. 

"Brilliant training. Covered a lot in a little time. Also stopped to answer questions".

Welfare Reform, and in particular Universal Credit, is leading to a reduction in income for people across Birmingham. Housing providers are facing increased rent arrears and there is a direct link to increased homelessness and increasing debt levels.

In some situations, this reduction can be lessened or delayed or we can even achieve an increase in income.

On our practical courses, led by a Welfare Benefits legal advisor, you will gain top tips and information you can use from day 1 to support your clients to make Universal Credit work for them.

If you wish to discuss which course is best for you please contact Janet or Jane janet.gurney[at]centralenglandlc.org[dot]uk or jane.nelson[at]centralenglandlc.org[dot]uk or explore the courses in more detail below.

  • Migrating on to Universal Credit - Tuesday 19th March 2019 9.30am to 1.00pm
    This course will look at how people are moving on to Universal Credit (UC) from other benefits including who should and should not be moved.
    “For many people, moving on to Universal Credit is not a positive experience as they will have less frequent payments, responsibility for paying their own housing costs and can have increased debts and increased claimant commitment responsibilities.“
    Some people moving on to UC could have avoided this if they had been made aware of this in time. For those that should not be moved, we will identify strategies to prevent or delay moves on to UC The course will also look at the next stage of migration and how this will work and how we can prepare our clients.
  • Universal Credit and housing costs - Friday 29th March 2019 1.30pm to 5.00pm
    This course will look in detail at how housing costs are paid in Universal Credit and identify the issues that are leading to rent arrears and in some cases eviction. We will identify practical steps that can be taken to support claimants including alternative payments and more frequent payments of Universal Credit. We will also consider Council tax Support for people on Universal Credit.
  • Maximising income for people on Universal Credit - Tues 2nd April 1.30pm to 5.00pm
    This course will look at how people on Universal Credit can maximise their income. It will examine the key routes to increasing income including claims for disability benefits, carers benefits and obtaining additional premiums through incapability for work. We will look at when you can challenge decisions to achieve this. It will also consider the role of alternative payment arrangements, managing debt deductions and alternative sources of income.
  • Universal Credit Sanctions and claimant commitment - 12th April 9.30am to 1.00pm
    The main focus of the course is how people are sanctioned and how individuals can avoid this by seeking changes to their claimant commitment. We will also identify what action can be taken once someone has been sanctioned including how to minimise the impact of the sanction and how they can cope if they have been sanctioned.