All our courses are updated to include changes in the Benefits System. Courses can be run at a basic or more experienced level and usually last one day.

"Excellent" Caroline Brooks Johnson,  Solictor Inheritance Law'

"Excellent course. I feel much more confident in my knowledge of the subject."  Jason Herbert,  Hexagon Housing Association

"Great trainer"  Matt Taylor, Monmouthshire Housing Association

The Benefits system for those who are above working age has marked differences,  often meaning a more generous set of rules.  Working age is tied to State Pension Credit age and is changing.  State Pension Credit age is increasing by 2 months every one month and is currently defined as age 65. 1/2

Using case studies,  this course examines benefits for those above State Pension Credit age(65 1/2)-

  • State Pension Credit(including calculating)
  • State Retirement Pension and changes in April 2016
  • Carers Allowance and additional amounts
  • Attendance Allowance- how to qualify and claim
  • Council Tax Benefit
  • other issues- TV licences,  Winter Fuel Payments,  mixed age couples where one is above and the other below State Pension Credit Age,  Housing Credit, new voluntary class 3A National Insurance contribtuions,   the Bedroom Tax and Benefit Cap,  Health Benefits and Bus Passes.

duration— 1 day  10am- 4pm

Course Level- Update (for delegates with or without prior knowledge of the subject)

Course accreditation- the Solicitors Regulation Authority has authorised us to award 5.25 hours Continuing Professional Development(CPD) points for solicitors attending this course. Our allocated CPD reference is EJV/SWTL.


MSE Meeting Rooms/ Central School of English 1 Tottenham Court Road London W1T 1BB- 20 metres from Tottenham Court Road tube station
Radisson Blu Hotel Meridian Gate, Bute Terrace, Cardiff CF10 2FL - 400 metres from Cardiff Central station
The Studio Birmingham 7 Cannon Street, Birmingham, B2 5EP- T: 0121 634 2800 - 300 metres from Birmingham New Street Station
The Studio Manchester The Hive, 51 Lever Street, Manchester M1 1FN T: 0121 634 2800- 600 metres from Manchester Piccadilly station


If you cancel the course more than 3 weeks before the commencement date, then a £35 administration fee will be payable. The course fee will remain payable if you cancel the course within 3 weeks of the commencement date. If we cancel the course, then full refunds will be paid to participants (excluding other costs, such as travel).


You are free to transfer places between employees within your organisation at no extra cost.


Booking - Open

Booking - Open Courses

Please click on a booking link above on the date you are interested in.

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cost- 1 day courses-  Courses normally run from 10am - 4pm.

Social workers can choose to count courses towards their professional development.


cost per place

Public sector, housing associations and voluntary sector


Voluntary organisations with 5 or less full time staff


Solicitors and financial services(5.25 hours CPD accreditation available).  Our allocated CPD reference is EJV/SWTL.


VAT will be added to the cost.

this includes-

  • comprehensive colour course guide
  • colour Benefit rates poster
  • lunch and refreshments
  • certificate of attendance
  • access to post course support with your cases