Housing Systems: Combating poverty and sustaining tenancies.
Essential Welfare Reform
The majority of the training courses we deliver are in-house - where each course is tailored to the needs of the group. We also occasionally run 'open' courses. 

We are delivering a 'Essential Welfare Reform: What you need to know' training session on:

Wednesday 1st March 2017
South Liverpool
9.30am - 4.30pm

£95 +vat per delegate

This course is being held at South Liverpool Housing, Speke, Liverpool - which has easy access from the motorways and plenty of free parking.

If you would like to book one or more delegates onto this courses for just £95+vat per delegate please email us: info@housingsystems.co.uk or call 01756 796394

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 last year by considering whether any other options are available,
  • Understand the new exclusions from the Benefit Cap and reviewed how the Cap works, 
  • Have considered the recent Bedroom Tax Supreme Court decision and what this may mean,
  • Understand the proposed 'two child limit' who will be affected, when and how,
  • Have investigated the removal of the WRAG component from  ESA / UC / HB and considered how to minimise the impact,
  • Looked at the proposed LHA Cap for social housing and be able to work out who will be affected, how and when,
  • Looked at some Universal Credit 'Hot Topics'
  • Discussed the UC digital Service, the differences and challenges
  • Reviewed the other April 2017 changes.


For a printable version of the outline please Click here.

Plan of day

9.30am Introductions and Expectations 

9.40am Housing Benefit Changes

               Backdating - the alternatives?

               Benefit Cap - the new rules

               Bedroom Tax Update 

11.00am Break 

11.15am Proposed LHA Cap 

               What's being proposed and when

               Whose affected / whose excluded

               Impact on supported housing

               What can we do now?

12.45pm Lunch 

1.30pm Becoming too sick to work

               Removal of WRAG from ESA - who and when 

               The impact on HB? 

               How it works under Universal Credit 

2.15pm Two Child Limit

               What's being proposed?

               Who will it affect and how?

2.30pm Break 

2.45pm Universal Credit 'Hot Topics'

               Case studies highlighting the current complex areas / areas where things are going wrong

3.30pm Universal Credit Digital Service 

               Brief look at differences and challenges

4.00pm Other Changes 

               Housing Costs for 18-21 year olds
               Conditionality for parent of child 3-4 

               Changes to Bereavement Benefits 

4.30pm Close

What one delegate said.....
"‘Excellent course – very useful!

I didn't realise there were so many changed ahead.

Really glad I came - feel prepared to help my tenants with the changes ahead.

Accent Group