for the publicadvisors only

Raising awareness and take up of benefits

Current Training Programme

PERSONAL INDEPENDENCE PAYMENTS (PIP): Introduction Code 60

Personal Independence Payments (PIP) is the key benefit for the whole range of disabilities, illnesses and impairments.

This course tells you all you need to know about PIP, including what your clients have to do when their DLA stops.

See also The PIP Assessment Form/Process

Level: Basic
Date: 15 June 2017
Time 10am – 4pm

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NEW APPEALS PROCEDURE: ONE YEAR ON - SEMINAR Code 99

There are new rules covering how and when you can challenge a DWP decision and two new terms have been coined to describe them: ‘mandatory reconsiderations’ and ‘direct lodgements’.

We show how to initially challenge a social security benefit decision and how to make a legally correct appeal within the new rules, and look at the implications for key benefits such as ESA and PIP.

We also outline when to refer to WWRAS for representation.

* note – see ‘seminar rate’.

Level: Standard
Date: TBA
Time 10am – 12noon

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DISABILITY LIVING ALLOWANCE FOR CHILDREN Code 11/4

DLA is the key benefit for children who have a disability or additional needs, of any description.  We outline the conditions of entitlement, and focus how to demonstrate 'personal care' and 'mobility' via the main assessment tool that is the claim pack.

We will explain the process when, at 16, the new benefit Personal Independence Payment (PIP) has to be claimed instead.  Also covered will be the impact of stays in residential schools, care homes and hospital.

Finally we will briefly highlight the other benefits that can be claimed by parents/carers of a disabled child.

Level: Basic
Date: TBA
Time 10am – 4pm

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BENEFIT CHANGES SEMINAR 2017 Code 23a / 23b

Did you know that there are now more benefits than before, including since last year?!

Our annual seminar outlining changes both recently introduced and about to come in, for 2017 and beyond.

You have the choice of attending the morning or afternoon session.

* Note - see 'seminar rate'.

 

Level: Standard
Date: 18 May 2017
Time 10am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm - 3.30pm

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THE BENEFIT SYSTEM AND HOW IT WORKS Code 1

The nuts & bolts of the system.  This course covers the issues relevant to all benefits – the structure of the DWP, claims, time limits, appeals, overpayments, how to keep up-to-date and where to get advice.

The rules for individual benefits are not dealt with.

Suitable for those with little or no previous knowledge of the Benefits system.

The follow-on courses from this are 'Working Age Benefits - Basics' and 'Older People - Maximising Income'.

Level: Basic
Date: 8 June 2017 or 30 November 2017
Time 10am – 4pm

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OLDER PEOPLE - MAXIMISING INCOME Code 50

Pension Credit and Attendance Allowance are the two key benefits for those over 'pension age', important in giving them options through greater financial independence.

We detail Pension Credit, showing how your clients/customers can claim this valuable benefit.  We outline the main rules for Attendance Allowance highlighting how to meet the definition of 'personal care'.

We demonstrate how the link between these two benefits could double for clients/customers income and thus increase financial options.

For more details on Attendance Allowance, see our sister course 'Attendance Allowance: Filling in the claim form'.

Level: Basic
Date: 12 October 2017
Time 10am – 4pm

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INTRODUCTION TO EMPLOYMENT AND SUPPORT ALLOWANCE (ESA) Code 38

A full introduction to this important benefit:  we outline the rules for ESA – the 'limited capacity for work' test (including the alternative "exceptional circumstances" route to eligibility), the claimant and assessment process, contributory-v-income-based ESA, Permitted Work and what to do if found fit for work, including the dispute process (mandatory reconsiderations/appeals).

With regular re-assessments, and migration from older benefits still going on, you need to be up to speed on ESA.

For more detail on the Support Group and Completing the ESA Questionnaire, see our half day sessions.

Level: Standard
Date: 25 May 2017
Time 10am – 4pm

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CARERS BENEFITS Code 3B2

Carers are vital for the independence of the cared-for - but benefit income is key.  This course looks at the principal benefit issues for Carers - Carers Allowance, and how it increases other benefits such as Income Support and Pension Credit.  We explain Council Tax Carers Discounts and how to protect future pension rights.

Keyfor anyone who works with Carers!

Level: Basic
Date: 20 July 2017
Time 10am – 4pm

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DISABLED INTO WORK SEMINAR Code 27
This half day seminar details the benefit options available when in work, or if considering employment.  It incorporates Permitted Work and Tax Credits, and the impact on other benefits such as Housing Benefit, with particular regard to people, with a mental illness or physical, sensory or cognitive impairment. 
Level: Basic
Date: TBA
Time 10am – 1.30pm

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UNIVERSAL CREDIT Code 61

Universal Credit is the key strategy of the coalition Government’s twin aim of reducing costs by encouraging moving into work and streamlining the benefit system.

We outline how Universal Credit works, and how - in certain critical ways - it is different to all it replaces.

It is a major change to how a benefit is claimed, and you need to know how it will impact on your customers/clients.

Universal Credit - already here/coming soon to a postcode near you! 

Level: Standard
Date: 23 March 2017 and 28 September 2017
Time 10am – 4pm

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CHILDREN AND FAMILY BENEFITS Code 31

Useful to anyone working with children, this course outlines the main benefits available to families, and so looks at: Child Benefit [including when in care]; Child Tax Credit; Working Tax Credit; Maternity and Paternity Benefits.

A good introduction to benefits for this client group.

Level: Basic
Date: 29 June 2017
Time 10am – 4pm

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COUNCIL TAX FOR CARERS / THOSE WITH DISABILITIES Code 32

We outline the hidden (and non-means-tested) ways that people with a physical disability, mental illness or impairment, can reduce their Council Tax bill - and that of their carers.  For some carers, this may be the only help available to them, and is often the only practical 'official' recognition they get as a carer.

We also show you how to identify and gain from the schemes set aside for all forms of impairment that Councils don't tell you about!

Impress your colleagues with this hidden knowledge!

Note - see 'half day' rate.

Level: Basic
Date: 30 March 2017
Time 10am – 1.30pm

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ESA - THE IMPORTANCE OF THE SUPPORT GROUP Code 40

Welfare changes mean the Support Group is even more important than ever.

For different reasons for different claimants, being in the Support Group is the only way that they can remain protected on benefits.  In this half-day course we outline what the law is, and how to apply it.

See also our 'ESA - Completing the Questionnaire'.

* Note - see 'half-day' rate.

Level: Standard
Date: 30 March 2017 or 6 July 2017
Time 1pm - 4pm or 10am - 1pm

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ESA - COMPLETING THE QUESTIONNAIRE Code 41

In this very practical session we go through the ESA50 questionnaire, giving top tips on how to best complete the form.  It is also relevant for those claiming Universal Credit as somone with 'limited capability for work'.

See also our 'ESA - The Importance of the Support Group'.

* Note - see 'half-day rate'.

Level: Standard
Date: 7 December 2017
Time 10am – 1.30pm

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THE PIP ASSESSMENT FORM / PROCESS Code 62

We outline in detail the unique PIP assessment process, centred around the form and the 'consultation', with the aim of better presenting your clients' daily living needs and mobility limitations.

This is a very practical course which you will use every time you advise a client or fill in the form!

Level: Basic
Date: 14 September 2017
Time 10am – 4pm

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BENEFITS AND MENTAL HEALTH Code 25

Outlines the benefits for people with enduring mental illness, looking at questions of entitlement and the challenges they face.

The course is particularly useful for mental health workers, both for those new to the field, and as a refresher.

Level: Basic
Date: 27 April 2017 and 9 November 2017
Time 10am – 4pm

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ATTENDANCE ALLOWANCE: FILLING IN THE CLAIM FORM Code 11/2

Using the application form as the main tool, we offer top tips on how to most effectively present your clients' care needs.

See also 'Older people - Maximising Income'

Level: Basic
Date: TBA
Time 10am – 4pm

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YOUNG PARENTS AND BENEFITS Code 37

This course focuses on the benefits position of pregnant teenagers, young mothers and young parents (up to age 24).  It also includes the benefits position of pregnant girls/mothers aged under 16.

Level: Standard
Date: 14 December 2017
Time 10am – 4pm

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LEARNING DISABILITY AND BENEFITS Code 30

In this basic course we outline the main benefits that can be claimed by adults (16+) with a learning disability.  As such we cover the following benefits: Employment and Support Allowance, PIP, Housing Benefit and Council Tax help.

We also look at particular scenarios relevant to the group, i.e. when moving into work, the position at 16/18, moving from DLA to PIP, ESA migration and then at pension age.

Level: Basic
Date: 21 September 2017
Time 10am – 4pm

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WORKING AGE BENEFITS Code 63

We outline the benefits / Tax Credits available for those of working age.

As a whistle-stop tour of working age benefits we do not go into detail, but after attending this course you will have a clear idea of the range and context of benefits that can be claimed - the whys and whens!

Ideal for people who are advisers/frontline workers who don't need a specialist or detailed knowledge of benefits, but for whom this is vital background information, or as a foundation for attending out other courses. 

Level: Basic
Date: 13 July 2017 and 23 November 2017
Time 10am – 4pm

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CHALLENGING DECISIONS Code 64

In this short seminar we outline the ways to challenge a benefit or Tax Credit decision, explaining the different states of mandatory reconsideration/direct lodgement and supersession.

We clarify the differences with Tax Credits and Council Tax challenges and we outline what support WWRAS can offer, including referring a case to WWRAS for representation.

* Note - see 'seminar rate'.

Level: Basic
Date:

5 October 2017

Time 10am - 12noon

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DISABLED CHILDREN / YOUNG PEOPLE AND THEIR CARERS Code 33

An overview of the main benefits where the household includes a disabled child or young person, with both the benefits available for the child/young person and the carer covered.

We also address the transition point where the young person can claim in their own right.

Level: Standard
Date:

19 October 2017

Time 10am - 4pm

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Cost

 

BAND A: Warwickshire County Council and Warwickshire IPU Teams Only FREE
BAND B1: Warwickshire Voluntary/Independent Sector Agencies with an annual gross income below £100,000
  Normal:    £20.00    Half Day rate:    £10.00 Seminar rate:    £5.00
BAND B2: Warwickshire Voluntary/Independent Sector Agencies with an annual gross income of £100,000 - £500,000
  Normal:    £25.00    Half Day rate:    £15.00 Seminar rate:    £10.00
BAND C1: All Housing Associations; statutory agencies [including NHS]; commercial organisations; registered charities with income of over £500,000
  Normal:    £50.00    Half Day rate:    £40.00 Seminar rate:    £20.00
BAND C2: Any NON-Warwickshire organisation, regardless of income
  Normal:    £60.00    Half Day rate:    £40.00 Seminar rate:    £20.00


BLOCK-BOOKING DISCOUNTS:
are available at the following rate: Book 5 places & get the cheapest free - you only pay for 4
[we reserive the right to limit places from the same agency if the booking is for the same course]

VOLUNTEERS:
If we have spare capacity we will offer places on certain courses to unpaid volunteers of Warwickshire charitable organisations, at our discretion
This will usually be publicised by separate publicity, e.g. mailshots.

 


WWRAS Training in Chronological Order

 

2017/2018

 March 23rd Universal Credit
30th ESA - The Importance of the Support Group
30th Council Tax for Carers / Those with Disabilities
April 27th Benefits and Mental Health
May 18th  ♦ Benefit Changes Seminar 2017  (AM and PM)
25th Introduction to ESA
June 8th The Benefit System & How it Works
15th Personal Independence Payment: Introduction
29th Children and Family Benefits
July 6th  ♦ ESA - The Importance of the Support Group
13th Working Age Benefits - The Basics
20th Carers Benefits
September 14th The PIP Assessment Form/Process
21st Learning Disability and Benefits
28th Universal Credit
October 5th  ♦ Challenging Decisions
12th Older People - Maximising INcome
19th Disabled Children/Young People and their Carers
November 9th Benefits and Mental Health
23rd Working Age Benefits - The Basics
30th The Benefits System & How it Works
December 7th  ♦ ESA -  Completing the Questionnaire
14th Young Parents and Benefits

♦ not full day [end time varies]