OVERVIEW OF UNIVERSAL CREDIT 2021

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" Mike Tonkin, New Law Solicitors

"Great to feed off trainer's and others benefits experience" Tracey Jones, Age Concern Torfaen

"Very useful" Pam Bugg, Fry Housing Trust

Includes free access to our Members' area and unique UC software designed to help you learn the new system

Get ready for Universal Credit. In launching the Welfare Reform Act 2012, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, promised the biggest shake up of the Welfare Benefits system for 60 years.  Universal Credit will start to replace Housing Benefit,  Tax Credits,  Income Support,  Employment and Support Allowance(income related),  Job Seekers Allowance(income based) for working age clients from April 2013.  Some of the aims are to incentivise work and simplify the administration of Welfare Benefits.  

This overview course will include details on-

  • The reasons for change
  • The basics of Universal Credit in key card format
  • Cost implications
  • Timetable for changes to the system
  • the full/ digital service
  • Which clients are likely to be affected
  • Exceptions
  • loss of the SDP gateway
  • changes to Universal Credit over the last 2 years,  including the Autumn budget 2017 and 2018, 2020 changes.
  • Calculating Universal Credit
  • Some of the detail, for example assessment periods, APA’s and claiming online
  • Where we are headed- at a glance guide to the Benefits System
  • A chance to discuss with other participants how you might respond both as an organisation and with your clients in mind

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

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.

 
Timetable for implementation-

There are currently over 5.7 million peope(Oct 2020) on Universal Credit. Claims have more than doubled in 2020.

All areas of the UK now take applications for new claims upon a change of circumstance,   that may lead to a new claim being needed.  This is called the full(digital) service.

2022-2024 will see the gradual migration of any remaining claims for the 6 legacy benefit Universal Credit replaces.

Eventually there will be around 7-8+ million claimants of Universal Credit.

08/06/2021 to 09/06/2021
this course will begin on this date 10am- 1pm and continue on the following day 10am 1pm

Cancellation

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).

Transfers

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

Booking

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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 

Voluntary organisations with 5 or less full time staff

£165 online 1 day course 

Solicitors and financial services

£250 online 1 day course 

(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 
  • colour Benefit rates poster posted to you 
  • certificate of attendance posted to you 
  • 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.