Challenging Housing Benefit Decisions

 

This course (also known as Housing Benefit: The Problem Areas) focuses on the more complicated areas of Housing Benefit and how to challenge decisions effectively.

 

Course objectives

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Be able to advise on the claims process including the evidence requirements;

  • Understand the rules;

  • Be aware of typical errors made by Housing Benefit decision makers when assessing claims which include a non-dependant;

  • Understand the most effective options for social landlord tenants affected by an under-occupancy reduction;

  • Understand the temporary absence and two homes rules for Housing Benefit;

  • Know when a Housing Benefit overpayment is non-recoverable;

  • Be able to challenge decisions effectively using supersessions, revisions and appeals;

  • Have access to advice regarding any course-related question for 12 months after the course.

 

Methods of delivery

This is a practical course. It is delivered using a combination of trainer presentation, group work and exercises, case studies, group discussion and games.

 

Suitable for

This course is relevant to anyone who works with tenants of a council, housing association or private landlord.

 

 

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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