Benefits for EEA Nationals

This practical course provides a complete understanding of when a European Economic Area national is entitled to welfare benefits and tax credits. Being run in partnership with The Benefits Training Company the course includes access to 12 months ongoing advice and support from The Benefits Training Co, via phone and email.

If you would like this training delivered to a group of 5 or more staff at your premises please enquire below or phone Alexa on 0344 515 1155. Please note this option does not include the 12 months advice offer. We can tailor the course content to meet the specific needs of the group.

N.B. Our January-May 2019 London courses will be held at Resource for London, Holloway Rd, N7 6PA (please continue to contact with any queries rather than the venue direct).

Public course dates
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Location Public Course Price
  Standard   Commercial Concessionary
1 Apr 2019 Resource for London £150.00 £150.00 £150.00
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Group training (5-18 staff): Commercial rate £955; Standard / Concessionary £890 + plus trainer’s expenses + VAT

‘(Our trainer was...) very good at regularly checking understanding. Lots of interaction. Made a dry subject much easier to take!’

Inclusion Nursing

Course contains

  • Who is covered by European Union law?
  • Non-contributory benefits
  • Means tested benefits
  • Factors relevant to habitual residence
  • Right to reside - summary
  • Genuine and effective work
  • Retaining worker/self-employed status
  • Other rights: jobseeker, family member status
  • Croatian nationals
  • Derivative right to reside
  • Self sufficiency
  • Permanent rights
  • Checklist
  • Please note: this course does not cover the EU co-ordination rules.

Learning outcomes

After attending this course, you will:

  • Know who is covered by European Union law
  • Understand the different residence tests for different benefits
  • Know which groups have a right to reside
  • Be able to advise on the main factors that are relevant in establishing habitual residence
  • Understand residence rights for workers, self-employed people and people with retained worker status
  • Understand who has rights as a family member or carer
  • Know when someone has a permanent right to residency
  • Understand the additional restrictions which affect Croatian nationals
  • Be aware of recent developments in legislation and how European nationals are affected.
  • Suitable for

    Anyone who works with non-British European nationals. However, delegates do require a working knowledge of the benefits system. People who are completely new to the benefits system are advised to attend our 'Introduction to Welfare Benefits' course beforehand.

    Meet the trainer

    David Stickland

    David Stickland has been a Shelter trainer since 2003. He has extensive experience as a Citizens Advice and local authority benefits caseworker.

    David now combines training with working in frontline advice. He is the lead trainer at The Benefits Training Co. and works as an adviser on a busy telephone advice service in London. He runs a large number of Shelter's Housing Benefit and Welfare Benefits courses.

    Before becoming a benefits adviser, David worked abroad as an English language teacher where he developed an interactive training style that is engaging, informative and enjoyable.

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