Navigating Benefits: Multiple Needs
This course is designed to provide information and guidance about benefits including supplementary support. We have designed a series of 8 sessions: 2 per day to be delivered over 4 half days. If you are unable to do this please refrain from booking a ticket – this ensures maximum attendance at the events throughout the course duration.
The course is delivered by our partner organisation: NSCAB and is FREE to attend. Drinks provided.
Day 1: 6th March 2020
- Universal Credit – an introduction to this benefit, looking at particular issues impacting those with complex needs.
- Benefit Sanctions – explaining the sanction regimes for Universal Credit, Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment & Support Allowance, and discussing tactics for supporting people with complex needs to avoid being sanctioned
Day 2: 13th March 2020
- ‘Fit for Work?’ – the Work Capability Assessment for Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit, looking particularly at interpreting the descriptors for people coping with complex needs
- Personal Independence Payment – disability benefits and complex needs, looking at the qualifying conditions for this benefit, with an introduction to completing forms, preparing for medical assessments and dealing with reconsiderations and appeals
Day 3: 20th march 2020
- Housing costs for Universal Credit and Housing Benefit – looking at how these are calculated, restrictions on housing costs in the social and private sector, and deductions for non-dependents.
- Council Tax Support – covering the schemes for working age people in Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle Borough, including when the 30% and 20% minimum charges apply
Day 4: 27th March 2020
- Benefits and relationships – looking at ‘living together’ decisions, benefits for children, separation and domestic violence, and when changes in family circumstances mean new claims for Universal Credit
- Benefits in and out of the community – what happens to your benefits when you move into a hostel, or are admitted to hospital and prison
Please note that there is a car park adjacent to the YMCA: this is chargable and managed by an external company.