Universal Credit: The Housing Element

This practical course provides a complete introduction to and overview of the Universal Credit Housing Element including how entitlement is worked out, claimed and paid. 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 Jason 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.
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14 May 2018 London £150.00 £150.00 £150.00
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This course is being run in partnership with The Benefits Training Company. It includes access to 12 months ongoing advice and support from The Benefits Training Co. via phone and email.

‘Clarified some very important points. Great, relevant content and delivery. David was very engaging, keeping a good pace and timing.’

CEO, Streets 2 Homes

‘This course was extremely practical and was a really useful way in which to understand how housing costs work as part of UC. I have also made use of the additional support provided after the course and was extremely grateful for the very quick response and guidance. I would not hesitate to recommend this course to anyone advising tenants and homeowners on entitlement to housing costs as part of UC.’

Solicitor, Citizens Advice Oldham

Course contains

  • Universal Credit and Housing Element basic eligibility rules
  • Assessment of rents for tenants of social landlords
  • Assessment of rents for tenants of private landlords
  • Specified supported accommodation
  • Owner-occupiers and support for mortgage interest
  • Non-dependants and housing costs contributions
  • Treatment of income and capital
  • Work allowances
  • Calculation examples
  • Claims, payments and changes in circumstances
  • Using the alternative payment arrangement
  • Overpayment recovery, absence and two home rules.

Learning outcomes

After attending this course, you will:

  • Be aware of the basic eligibility conditions for Universal Credit
  • Understand the liability for housing costs rules for the UC Housing Element
  • Know how different types of rent are treated within the UC Housing Element
  • Know how housing costs for owner-occupiers are treated within UC
  • Have gained an understanding of the treatment of income and capital rules within UC Housing Element
  • Be clear about service charges, non-dependant deductions and the under occupancy rules within UC Housing Element
  • Understand the temporary absence and two homes rules in UC Housing Element
  • Understand the definition of specified supported accommodation and when tenants can continue to get Housing Benefit
  • Be aware of how changes in circumstances affect UC and the Housing Element and how to deal with overpayments
  • Be able to help tenants who have difficulties managing the single monthly payment
  • Understand how the UC Housing Element is calculated for people in and out of work.

Suitable for

Anyone who works with tenants or homeowners of working age. Please note: we also offer 'Introduction to Universal Credit', 'Introduction to Welfare Benefits' and 'Housing Benefit Reform and Universal Credit Update' programmes.

Meet the trainer

Will Hadwen was previously a welfare benefits specialist for Citizens Advice and now works for Working Families giving employment and benefits advice to parents; for Child Poverty Action Group Scotland as a second tier adviser; and as a trainer for The Benefits Training Co.

He also contributes to Child Poverty Action Group's Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook, and is a former author of their Child Support Handbook. Will has trained for Gingerbread, the single parents' charity, as well as Advice UK and CPAG. He is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4's Moneybox Live and has appeared on Sky News discussing welfare reform.

CPD hours 5