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 course on difficult subject matter." Sharon James, Age Concern Swansea Bay

"Excellent as always. Really helpful handouts." Steve Raw, Thera Group

"Pleasantly presented." Gavin Gleed, Gwalia


Over £13 billion of extra cuts in Welfare Benefits have been announced by the government to be delivered over the course of this parliament.

This popular course is aimed as a summary of some of the main changes to benefits over the last year or so and those expected in the near future.

There will be opportunity to share best practise in advising on the changes.

This course will include—

  • changes to Universal Credit including a decrease in the earnings taper from 65 to 63%,  removal of the first child element and changes for up to 2 children only. The lack of transitional protection in many cases- how to avoid early migration.
  • Child Tax Credit changes for up to 2 children only and the removal of the family element.  
  • Losing the WRAG component of ESA and the tranistion to Universal Credit.
  • the reduction in the Benefit Cap for those in London and the larger reductions outside of London.
  • the impact of PIP reassessments
  • Cap in the amount of rent that Housing Benefit will cover in the social sector to the level of the relevant Local Housing Allowance- how this fits in with Universal Credit.  
  • changes in the support for mortgage interest. 
  • changes in the carers allowance eanings limit.
  • Increases in the State Retirement Pension.
  • Impact of benefit sanctions/conditionality
  • at a glance guide to the Summer 2015 budget changes.
  • at a glance guide to Autumn 2015 Statement and Spending review.
  • at a glance guide to the Spring 2016 budget changes.
  • at a glance guide to Autumn 2016 Statement.  
  • a chance to share information on you and your clients and how you might respond.

"a great way keep up to date with recent and forthcoming changes"

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

Course Level- Update (for delegates with at least some basic 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

Courses apply for law in England and Wales, not Scotland. 

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.