Benefits for EEA Nationals

This is a two-part course , usually run on two consecutive mornings. It is important to attend both parts of this course.

BENEFITS FOR EEA NATIONALS, Part 1:
Max 3 hours, including registration, course presentation and practice, mid session break and time for questions.

Part 1 course outline

  • Introduction & overview

  • BREAK

  • The Habitual Residence Test

 

Aims
Benefits for EEA Nationals, Part 1 provides an overview of the various tests applied to different benefits that can be claimed by European Economic Area nationals. After the break, we look at the Habitual Residence Test and how EEA nationals can qualify for means tested benefits via a qualifying Right to Reside.

 

Objectives
By the end of the course participants will:

  • Know which benefits have a presence test, which benefits have a residence test and which benefits are subject to the Habitual Residence Test;

  • Have gained an awareness of the different Right to Reside categories and how they can help EEA nationals satisfy the eligibility rules for means tested benefits.

  • Understand how the EU Settlement Scheme operates and how benefits are affected by settled and pre-settled status;

  • Be able to recognise when an EEA national has worker status, retained worker status, self-employed status and retained self-employed status.

 

BENEFITS FOR EEA NATIONALS, Part 2:

Max 3 hours, including registration, course presentation and practice, mid session break and time for questions.

Part 2 course outline

  • Right to Reside and Brexit

  • BREAK

  • EEA case studies

 

Aims
Benefits for EEA Nationals, Part 2 analyses the remaining Right to Reside categories and also considers how benefits rules are effected by Brexit. After the break, we practice what has been taught, allowing for an extended Q&A on current casework and/or BTC case examples.

 

Objectives
By the end of the course participants will:

  • Be able to recognise when an EEA national is eligible for means tested benefits because they have a derivative right to reside or a qualifying right to reside as a family member;

  • Understand how the EU Settlement Scheme operates and how benefits are affected by settled and pre-settled status;

  • Have gained an awareness of how benefits rules are affected by Brexit during the transition period and beyond.

  • Have practiced using a systematic approach to understand the benefits rights of EEA nationals;

  • Have had an opportunity to discuss EEA cases that come up in their work and/or BTC case examples.

 

Methods of delivery
This course is delivered online live with a BTC trainer. It is a practical course delivered using a combination of trainer presentation, exercises and case studies, group discussion and games. Participants will be provided with e-learning supporting material including PowerPoint slide handouts, a comprehensive training pack pdf and additional resources.

 

Intended audience
This course is for professional advisers and volunteers working with non-British European nationals who are, or could be claiming benefits. No previous experience is required although a working knowledge of the wider benefits system is assumed.

 

Certificate and post course support

Named participants who complete both parts of this online course will be eligible for an e-certificate, access to our benefits news and 12 months access to our post course advice service.

Course instructions

In the week before the course, participants will receive an email with Zoom link(s) to the course and a Dropbox link to access the pack/slides which are in pdf format. You will need to download (or print) the pack (and slides, if you wish) before each part of the course.

Participants will need a good wifi connection and a suitable computer/laptop to access both the Zoom session and the pack throughout. You may wish to use a separate device for the pack (or split your screen) if you cannot or do not wish to print.

OUR NEXT BENEFITS FOR EEA NATIONALS COURSE DATES

 

FOR 12 MONTHS' FREE EXPERT BENEFITS SUPPORT,  book onto one of our open courses (or book an in-house course for your organisation). Any Benefits Training Co. course attendees wanting further advice with specific cases should contact the email address on their e-certificate.

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