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.



If you cancel the course more than 3 weeks before the commencement date, then a £55 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.

We aim to reply within one working day. 

Social Distancing has become the norm and therefore we have moved from face to face courses to online only.

cost- online 1 day (spread over 2 consecutive days 10am- 1pm with a break)

online 90 minute courses either 10.30am-12pm or 2pm- 3.30pm

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

Video Recording-  Due to General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR),  privacy and copyright  restrictions we request no recording of online training.


cost per place

Public sector, housing associations and voluntary sector

£200 online 1 day course (£69 online 90 minute courses)

Voluntary organisations with 5 or less full time staff

£165 online 1 day course (£64 online 90 minute courses)

Solicitors and financial services

£250 online 1 day course (£75 online 90 minute courses)

(5.25 hours(1.5 hours) CPD accreditation available).  Our allocated CPD reference is EJV/SWTL.

VAT will be added to the cost.

this includes-

  • comprehensive colour course guide posted to you (digital for online 90 minute courses)
  • colour Benefit rates poster posted to you (digital for online 90 minute courses)
  • certificate of attendance posted to you (digital for online 90 minute courses)
  • access to members' area for 1 year free-  post course help with your cases- this includes our consultancy forum(including Covid-19 related Benefit queries),  Universal Calculator to help you learn and advise,  online resources- at a glance guides,  standard letters, useful links and others,  Benefit Rates posters, ongoing news.