Claimants experiencing mental health problems are among the most likely to face difficulties and discrimination within the benefits system.
The current government is determined to change the nature and accessibility of the main benefits relating to mental health: Employment and Support Allowance, Personal Independence Payment, and, locally from this autumn, Universal Credit.
This one day course brings you right up to date with what’s happening to these benefits and how the changes will affect your clients.
Ensures you are able to:
- help your clients access and manage their claims for PIP
- appreciate the implications of recent changes to PIP for people claiming specifically on anxiety grounds
- understand how ESA and Universal Credit collide, and how to decide which (and perhaps both) to claim
- understand the routes to successful claims for the higher rates of ESA and UC, and the protection they and PIP bring from other areas of welfare cuts, such as exemption from the benefit cap and access to increased amounts of benefit
- use internet resources to check clients’ benefit entitlements
- invoke the necessary protections for vulnerable people
Who should attend?
Suitable for staff in support roles who need to feel confident and up to date with their knowledge. It will be too basic for people who do regular benefits casework.
This course will go at a reasonably fast pace, so those who are new to benefits may find it helpful to attend the Introduction to Benefits course first.