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  • Appeals to the Upper Tribunal

    Area: Scotland

    This course is essential for anyone who wants to challenge decisions of the First-tier Tribunal (Social Entitlement Chamber) effectively. The main aim of the course is to give you an understanding of what is an error of law and practice in finding errors of law in the First-tier Tribunal statement of reasons.

     

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  • Benefits and tax credits law update

    Area: Scotland

    Social security law and tax credit law can change from day to day and advisers need to keep abreast of developments to advise their clients correctly. Arranged under topic headings and concentrating on caselaw, this essential one-day course looks at the most important changes in benefit and tax credits law from the previous six months.

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  • Benefits for disabled children and their families

    Level: Basic
    Area: Scotland

    This half-day course offers practical advice on how to check that a family is getting all they should and how you can help them make claims effectively. It aims to give you an understanding of the benefits system, help you recognise important issues, identify points when a family’s entitlement may change and know when to refer for specialist advice.

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  • Benefits for disabled children from age 16

    Level: Basic
    Area: Scotland

    This basic level course focuses on the transition to adult benefits from age 16 for young people with disabilities or health problems who still live at home.

    It looks at changes to disability benefits for the young person, and considers the circumstances in which a young person can claim adult benefits in their own right while still living at home.

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  • Benefits for non-benefit advisers

    Level: Basic
    Area: Scotland

    This essential two-day course is aimed at professionals who work with low-income clients. It is for those who will not be advising on benefits themselves (eg, social workers, supported housing workers, support staff) but want to support clients to maximise their income and signpost at the right time for more advice.

    The course covers:

    • Benefits available to different client groups
    • Structure of the benefit system
    • Basic benefit checks
    • How to claim and who to contact
    • Dealing with problems
    • Signposting for more help

     

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  • Benefits for people from abroad

    Level: Standard
    Area: Scotland

    This two-day course aims to equip you to advise claimants from abroad, both European and non-European nationals. Using a step-by-step approach and practical examples, it helps you understand how the residence and presence and immigration status tests operate in social security benefits and how they can be satisfied.

    The course covers:

    • Who is a ‘person subject to immigration control’ and how this affects benefit entitlements

    • Effect on benefits of a change in immigration status

    • Entitlements of ‘mixed households’

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  • Care leavers and the benefits system

    Area: Scotland

    Many young people who have been ‘looked after’ by the local authority are excluded from income-related benefits. Instead the local authority is responsible for supporting them. This course looks at the special benefit rules for care leavers and the local authority’s responsibilities towards these young people. We will also be covering developments in relation to ‘continuing care’.

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  • Challenging ESA decisions

    Level: Standard
    Area: Scotland

    Employment and support allowance (ESA) is the subject of considerable change. This course looks at appeal issues and tactics, including the developing body of caselaw.

     

    The course covers:

    • Entitlement to benefit while challenging a decision
    • Submissions, medical evidence and other tactical issues
    • Mandatory reconsideration – problems and practice
    • Important work capability assessment caselaw

     

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