Essential Welfare Reform: What you need to know - outline
This course brings participants up to date with the main changes and enables them to advise their residents on the best way of avoiding pitfalls and problems, to ensure they are getting all the benefits that they are entitled to.
By the end of the session delegates will:
- Be able to minimise the impact of the change to the HB backdating rules and loss of family premium last year by considering whether any other options are available,
- Have considered the changes to the Bedroom Tax rules from April and who can have an extra bedroom,Understand the proposed 'two child limit' who will be affected, when and how,
- Understand the new exclusions from the Benefit Cap and reviewed how the Cap works,
- Understand the two child limit - who will be affected and when - and how in interacts with the Benefit Cap,
- Have investigated the removal of the WRAG component from ESA / UC / HB and considered how to minimise the impact,
- Have an understanding of which 18-21 year olds will be excluded from help with Housing Costs from April 2017,
- Discussed the UC Digital Service, the differences and challenges
- Looked at the proposed LHA Cap for social housing and be able to work out who will be affected, how and when,
- Reviewed the other 2017 changes.
Plan of day
9.35am Housing Benefit Changes
Backdating - the alternatives? Safeguarding the Family Premium.
Benefit Cap - quick review the new rules/limits
Bedroom Tax - which couples/families can get an extra bedroom due to disability
11.15am Two Child Limit
What's being proposed?
Who will it affect and how?
Interaction with the Benefit Cap
Opportunity to escape the UC 'lobster pot'?
12.00pm Becoming too sick to work
Removal of WRAG from ESA - who and when
The impact on HB?
How it works under Universal Credit
1.45pm Universal Credit Digital Service
Brief look at differences and challenges
2.30pm 18-21 Housing Costs
Who will be affected?
3.15pm Proposed LHA Cap
What's being proposed and when
Whose affected / whose excluded
Impact on supported housing
What can we do now?
4.00pm Other Changes
Changes to Bereavement Benefits
Changes to Personal Independence Payment