Welfare Benefits CPD – Overview
Welfare benefits are payments made by the UK government to individuals and families on low incomes.
Welfare benefits refer to Public Funds and cover:
• housing benefit
• attendance allowance
• carer’s allowance
• council tax benefit
• child benefit
• income support
• pension credit, and
• working tax credit
How, when and to whom these payments are made is governed by welfare benefits law and practitioners working in this area routinely advise their clients on challenging negative benefit decisions.
Welfare benefit practitioners will need to undertake the relevant continuing professional development (CPD) courses to stay current in all aspects of welfare benefits law in the UK.
CPD Training in Welfare Benefits – Course Information
Benefits and Migrants – Webinar – CPD hours 1.5
Those individuals that were born outside of the UK may experience problems when trying to claim benefits.
Lawyers understanding the various relevant laws can find alternative ways to secure a claim, such as:
• European Law
• Immigration Law
• Benefits Law, and
• Human Rights Law
This Welfare Benefits CPD webinar discusses the Immigration Act 1999 which refers to those individuals deemed as being ‘subject to immigration control’ and also looks into Habitual Residence and the Right to Reside test used to determine whether individuals are eligible for income based benefits. It examines the role of people from abroad that exist within the benefits system in terms of how they compare to those under immigration control.
This webinar also touches on how asylum seekers and refugees are handled by the system as well as families and couples with different rights between them or when their children were born in the UK to parents from abroad.
Welfare Benefits - A Guide through the Maze – Seminar – CPD hours 3
This seminar was designed to provide you with an overview of a seemingly complex benefits system and give you a firm grounding in the area so that they may confidently advise clients.
With a highly practical and interactive structure, the seminar aims to provide delegates with the ability to recognise different benefits and tax credits, as well as how the benefits compare or complement each other.
It also looks at who qualifies for which benefit and provides important information on:
• income support
• tax credits
• one-ff grants, and
• pension credits
The Welfare Benefits CPD seminar aims to equip you as a lawyer with the necessary knowledge and updates to effectively advise clients on the most appropriate benefit for your situation such as injury, retirement, separation and ill-health.
It also prepares practitioners for advising clients on where to go to claim each type of benefit and the resources available for acquiring additional information. Lastly, it covers the impact of savings, income and personal circumstances on the various types of benefits available.
Welfare Benefits Update 2012 – Seminar – CPD hours 3
This Welfare Benefits Update seminar aims to equip you and other solicitors, from all areas of practice, with the necessary knowledge to advise on how Welfare Benefits laws may affect them if their current legal battles negatively affect their finances.
Personal injury, probate and divorce can all cause financial hardship, so practitioners need to be aware of the recent and forthcoming developments to the benefit and tax credit system.
The seminar uses practical exercises, case studies and discussion to examine the impact of any legislative changes to your clients. The seminar looks closely at the recent changes to housing benefit, which includes ‘capping’ and helps practitioners to give advice on the type of benefits that are available for mortgage payment assistance.
The seminar also examines new classifications for lone parents as well as changes to tax credits and child support. The issue of overpayments and appeals procedures are also discussed along with maternity and paternity law updates as well as personal injury and disability and how they relate to incapacity benefit.
Personal injury trusts along with Employment and Support Allowance are given a fair amount of attention and what will replace the abolished DLA will also be discussed within the seminar.
Legal services for older clients in the area of welfare benefits will also be covered with a look at:
• the new retirement ages
• an update on how to pay for care, and
• pension credit
Welfare reform saw the introduction of a ‘universal credit’ system and benefit sanctions. How the reforms will be implemented and over what time frame will also be discussed, as well as a question and answer session for complicated benefit issues.
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