Financial Capability for Advisers

This course trains advisers/staff to provide advice and assistance to residents in the areas of budgeting, managing their finances and debts and to understand the complicated Universal Credit system
There have been substantial changes to the Welfare and Housing Benefit systems particularly with the introduction of the Universal Credit which will have significant implications for claimants
Universal Credit will be paid to claimants on a monthly basis and this immediately raises issues for some residents in being able to budget and manage their money and pay their housing costs.

Course contains

  • Universal Credit
  • Managing money
  • Setting and keeping to a budget
  • Managing debts
  • Dealing with bailiffs
  • Insolvency and bankruptcy
  • Financial inclusion
  • Fuel poverty
  • Dealing with creditors
  • Debt denial
  • Accessing credit record
  • How to complain including about Payment Protection Insurance
  • Understanding a financial statement
  • Obtaining grant assistance.

Learning outcomes

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Have an overall understanding of the implications of Universal Credit and Welfare Reform
  • Understand the importance of budgeting, managing money and dealing with debts
  • Become more financially aware and apply learning to help and assist clients or residents
  • Understand the legislation that is available to help people with difficult financial problems
  • Understand how to combat debt denial and learn to become more confident in dealing with financial matters.

Suitable for

Housing Officers, Income Officers, Care and Support Workers or anyone advising or supporting people with debt, welfare benefit or related problems.

Meet the trainer

Stuart Freeman has trained for Shelter since 2010. Stuart has over 30 years experience in delivering Housing , Debt and Welfare Benefits Advice including representation and conciliation. He gained a Masters Degree in Housing and Social Policy at the London School of Economics, a Diploma in Housing and is a Chartered Institute of Housing Member and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Health.

He is a Trainer, Consultant and Practitioner in respect of housing, debt and welfare benefit matters and specialises in appeals in respect of welfare and housing benefit decisions. He trains staff of Housing Organisations and Community Groups and also Residents and has designed and delivered Financial Capability Courses and Resident Ambassador Courses.

CPD hours 5