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Our Benefits Overview Course

02 March 2017

Don’t know your ESA from your PIP? Confused by the range of benefits and tax credits?

How quickly they change, how they overlap and how disabled people can get extra help? This course gives a basic overview of the current system.

Venue: Plexal, Stratford

Our Benefits Overview Course is aimed at professionals who work in advice or advocacy who need to know more about - or need a refresher on - changes to welfare benefits and social security. It is interactive – with practical exercises and plenty of time for discussion – and is ideal for advice workers, social workers, support workers and anyone else supporting clients with social security benefits.

The course is not for individual claimants.

Learning objectives

This course focuses on the main benefits for disabled people of 'working age' (16 to Pension Credit age) and their carers, especially: 

  • employment and support allowance (ESA)
  • personal independence payment (PIP)
  • universal credit (UC)- and its increasing impact on disabled people
By the end of this course you will understand:
  • how the benefits system is structured
  • how the means-test works
  • the difference between contributory, non-contributory and means-tested benefits
  • how benefits overlap and sometimes 'passport' a claimant to other benefits
  • the main benefits for disabled people of working age: ESA and PIP
  • medical assessments for ESA and PIP
  • which benefits are being replaced by UC and how UC impacts disabled people
  • the process to challenge a benefit decision that you disagree with
You will be aware of other benefits that can also be relevant to disabled people including:
  • carer's allowance
  • income support and jobseeker's allowance
  • housing benefit and council tax support
  • child benefit, child tax credit and working tax credit

The cost of the full-day course is £109 +VAT per person. To register your interest in this or a future course, or to request further information, please contact Chelsey French at chelsey.french@disabilityrightsuk.org

Feedback on our courses and workshops

"Independent Lives would like to say a huge thank you for being part of such a great day on Wednesday. We have had some great feedback from attendees so far, and the workshops were pitched just right. We also look forward to working with Disability Rights UK again in the future."  Charlie Willis, Independent Lives

"Tutor was very good and gave us ample time to ask questions as we went along." Shelley Leckey, Team Leader, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

"Very good course - a good grounding and foundation. I feel more confident to support clients with completing forms and answering queries."  Kathie Butcher, Gateopener, Mildenhall

"Your course on ESA was among one of the best I've been on, both in terms of information given and value for money." - Caroline Milne, Barons Court Project

“I think the course I attended was excellent and would definitely attend again.” - Gail Anderson, East Hampshire Advocacy Scheme