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"The Welfare Reforms workshop is extremely beneficial for staff, tenants and board members in ensuring organisations can pro-actively prepare to minimise the negative financial impact of these major reforms, on future income received from Housing Benefit and on arrears. "

Maria Murphy,
CEX, Derby Homes


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Benefit Sanctions, Appeals and Overpayments - learn how to support your tenants

Are you a landlord? Do you work for a Housing Association, ALMO or Local Authority? Are you a Letting agent? Do you work with people with low income and disabilities? Do you require knowledge of the current system of sanctions, appeals and overpayments?  Do you work with vulnerable people who turn to you for support?

Then look no further, this course is for you. It not only provides you with an insight into the Benefits world but also provides you with an explanation of when and how people who claim benefits can end up with benefit sanctions or overpayments and what you can do to support tenants with appeals if they have vulnerability issues or simply require support to negotiate this new minefield.

This course refers to current Regulations and Legislations and looks at the impact of future changes to the benefits system, which are resulting in a dramatic rise in the numbers of sanctions issued and the resulting increase in rent arrears that this will cause. This course will give you advice and top tips from our benefit experts on how to prevent, minimise and reverse Local Authority overpayments and DWP sanction decisions.

People who will benefit greatly from attending this course are:

  • Housing Officers
  • Homelessness Officers
  • Housing Advice Centre staff
  • Welfare Rights staff
  • Tenants
  • Landlords
  • Care Workers
  • People looking after vulnerable young persons and adults

 

What will they learn:

  • Sanction rules
  • Overpayments
  • Appeals
  • Underlying entitlement
  • Clawback levels
  • Income and Expenditure forms
  • Top Tips

 

If you aim to ensure that your staff is aware of the current benefits system and is able to advise on the impact of the Welfare Reform, understanding the effects it will have on the Local Authorities, landlords and tenants then this course is for YOU.

If you are interested in accessing this training package please contact Claire Turner Director of the Landlord Information Network, to discuss bespoke training on T: 01246 413791 or E: info@landlordinformationnetwork.co.uk

 

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LIN trainer Rebecca Wilkie has 14 years experience, 7 of which are at a senior level delivering all aspects of Housing Management at both operational and strategic levels improving and reshaping services.  She has, working as part of a management team, taken an ALMO from zero stars in 2005 to three stars from the Audit Commission in 2010. 

She has extensive experience in writing, consulting on and implementing policies, procedures and strategies and has worked as part of a small team developing and delivering training and briefings to well over 500 members of staff, partners and customers as well as leading consultation sessions. 

Rebecca has worked to transform services and implemented new initiatives including introducing new structures and IT systems.  With the responsibility for Financial Inclusion, working with staff and partners, she has been able to ensure that arrears and legal actions are kept to a minimum with evictions reducing year on year for the past five years. 

Rebecca offers a wealth of experience in training having an informal and inclusive style that engenders trust and openness within groups.

 

LIN trainer Nadia Kauser is a Qualified Benefits technician with over 16 years experience of working in Local Government, within the Benefits Department. Currently working as a Client & Subsidy officer, she is responsible for the daily monitoring of the Housing & Council Tax Benefit contract, which has been outsourced to Liberata. Nadia ensures that the correct Regulations and Legislation have been applied to the Housing and Council Tax Benefit claims processed by Liberata. She has an excellent understanding of all Social Security Benefits and of Welfare Reform and its impact on both landlords and tenants. Nadia has developed finely honed negotiation skills which she uses when working with Liberata and other local key stakeholders.

Prior to this role Nadia worked as a Benefits Assessor and a Customer Service Officer. Nadia has excellent communication skills she has always maintained a high level of expertise in her work.

Nadia has spent some considerable time delivering training courses and workshops in Customer Services, Welfare Reform and Welfare Rights.

 

If you are interested in accessing this training package please contact Claire Turner Director of the Landlord Information Network, to discuss bespoke training on T: 01246 413791 or E: info@landlordinformationnetwork.co.uk

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