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Employment & Support Allowance (ESA) Level 1

Advice House training brought to you with the expertise of Staffordshire North & Stoke-on-Trent Citizens Advice Bureaux.

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) was introduced in October 2008 to replace Incapacity Benefit, Severe Disablement Allowance and Income Support for people who are unable to work due to ill-health or disability.  This session will examine the ESA assessment criteria and who should be exempt from assessment.

Benefits for Jobseekers & Sanctions

Advice House training brought to you with the expertise of Staffordshire North & Stoke-on-Trent Citizens Advice Bureaux.

This half-day course covers conditions for entitlement to contribution-based JSA,  income-related JSA and Universal Credit for jobseekers; jobseeker agreements, claimant commitments, and jobseeker directions; the sanction regime and how to appeal sanctions. The course is suitable for advisers who are working with jobseekers and for those who need to know more about the challenges which face jobseekers in 2016. 

Benefit Cap—Bite Size

Advice House training brought to you with the expertise of Staffordshire North & Stoke-on-Trent Citizens Advice Bureaux.

Originally justified as a measure to peg benefit entitlement at no more than the average wage, the ‘Benefit Cap’ is due to be reduced substantially.  This course, for advisers of all levels of experience, looks at who is exempt, which benefits count towards the Cap and some options that can help if you are affected.

“Very easy to understand. Clear and friendly approach.”

Benefits for Carers—Bite Size

Advice House training brought to you with the expertise of Staffordshire North & Stoke-on-Trent Citizens Advice Bureaux.

This bite size session looks at benefit options for those who are carers of adults or children with a disability.  The session will look at Carer's Allowance and income-related benefits that carers may be able to claim and whether carers are better off in or out of work.  This session is suitable for anyone working with carers or people with disabilities who have carers.

Universal Credit Level 2

Advice House training brought to you with the expertise of Staffordshire North & Stoke-on-Trent Citizens Advice Bureaux.

This session will look at some of the complications that can arise for UC claimants, including changes of circumstances, claimants who are self-employed, payments at the end of employment, the benefit cap, in-work conditionality, deductions from benefit and transitional protection issues.

“Course was brilliant. Answered all my questions.”

Universal Credit Level 1

Advice House training brought to you with the expertise of Staffordshire North & Stoke-on-Trent Citizens Advice Bureaux.

This half-day course is suitable for advisers with some experience of giving benefits advice and will examine the Universal Credit Regulations, how entitlement to Universal Credit is calculated, the conditionality rules and work-related activities that claimants will be expected to undertake.

South Staffordshire Health Centre Joins 'Dementia Friendly' Campaign

A South Staffordshire GP practice has become one of the first in the area to join a campaign to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding around the condition by changing the way people think, act and talk about dementia.

Six members of staff at Lakeside Medical Centre in Church Road, Perton, attended a free one hour information session and have become Dementia Friends - an initiative run by the Alzheimer’s Society.