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 due to deliver some 'Essential Welfare Reform: What you need to know' training sessions.

Dates/ venues TBA - please let us know if you are interested in attending and we can let you know when and where the next course is being delivered

Cost will be £95 +vat per delegate

If you would like to put your name down on to be notified about future Welfare Reform course please email us: training@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 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 is 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 are 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

9.30am Introductions

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?

10.45am Break 

11.00am Two Child Limit

               What's changed?

               Who does it affect and how?

               Interaction with the Benefit Cap

               Opportunity to escape the UC?

12.00pm Changes to Disability Benefits 

               ESA - Removal of WRAC 

               PIP - Recent changes 

12.30pm Lunch 

1.15pm Universal Credit Review 

               What, who when?

               Waiting days, Advance Payments, Twice Monthly Payments
               Understanding Monthly Assessment Periods
               Keeping a claim going
               Conditionality Problems
               Becoming too sick to work / look for work

2.45pm Break 

3.00pm Universal Credit - Going Digital 

               Who will have to claim

               Housing Costs for young people

               Key challenges/differences: APAs, explicit consent

               Problem areas

4.00pm Other Changes 

               Quick Quiz
               Future of HB
               LHA Cap
               Support for Mortgage Interest

4.30pm Close

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

I didn't realise so much had changed.

Really glad I came - will be able to spot mistakes and help tenants deal with the changes."

Accent Group