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Derby Advice Training Courses

It is recommend that this course is completed if you have not attended any Derby Advice Money Advice training before. 

This is a one and a half-hour introductory course for people who have little or no experience of the money advice process.

It will focus on identifying the reasons why people fall into debt, the barriers to getting money advice, the money advice process and how to make appropriate referrals to Derby Advice.

Participants will be able to:

  • Understand the money advice process
  • Understand where people can access free money advice
  • Refer appropriately

Programme overview: 

  • An overview of the Derby Homes Money Advice team
  • Reasons for being in debt and the barriers to getting advice
  • The money advice process and where to access free advice

Dates and Times: Tuesday 2 November 10–11.30am.

 

We recommend this course is completed before the Universal Credit courses.

This is a two-hour introductory course for people who have little or no experience of the benefit system. It will focus on identifying which benefits different groups of people may be able to claim, the claims process and how to make appropriate referrals to Derby Advice.

This course provides a general overview of the benefits system and does not cover detailed rules of entitlement.

On completion, participants will be able to:

  • Identify potential benefit claims for different groups of people (eg disabled, older people)
  • Assist with the claims process.
  • Refer appropriately

Programme:

  • What are the main Social Security Benefits and who can claim them?
  • How is welfare reform affecting the benefit system?
  • Benefit decisions and appeals

Dates and Times:

  • Wednesday 3 November 2021, 10am – 12 noon
  • Thursday 18 November 2021, 10am – 12 noon

A short course covering disability benefits, people of working age and people of state retirement age.

It will look at the different criterion of each benefit, the claims process and the impact on other benefits.

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify potential claims.
  • Understand the conditions of entitlement.
  • Understand the assessment process.

Programme overview:

  • Who can qualify for each disability benefit.
  • How each benefit is assessed.
  • The implications of an award of a disability benefit for disabled people and carers.

Date and time: Wednesday 10 November 2021 10am–12 noon

This is a two hour course focusing on the preparation, completion and importance of a financial statement.

The course will cover income maximisation, budgeting skills and issues surrounding financial exclusion.

Aimed at anyone working in a supporting role with people struggling to budget and at risk of losing their home or belongings.

A basic knowledge of welfare benefits and the money advice process is assumed.

Participants will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of completing a financial statement
  • Draw up a basic financial statement
  • Identify ways in which clients can increase income and reduce expenditure

Programme overview:

  • What is a financial statement and why is it important?
  • Preparing a financial statement
  • Budgeting suggestions

Date and time: Wednesday 17 November 10am–12 noon

A basic knowledge of the benefits system is assumed.

Since 2018, new claimants of means-tested benefits or claimants with a change in their circumstances, have to claim Universal Credit.

As the programme to move claimants from ‘legacy benefits’ on to Universal Credit ramps up, this course looks at supporting claimants through the process and understanding the impact on claimants’ income.

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify the groups of people who can claim Universal Credit.
  • Understand how the implementation of Universal Credit will impact on claimants.
  • Understand migration from legacy benefits on to Universal Credit.

Programme overview:

  • Migration from legacy benefits over to Universal Credit.
  • Barriers to claiming Universal Credit.
  • Identify groups most likely to be adversely affected and consider difficulties they’re likely
  • to face.

Date and time: Wednesday 24 November 10am–12 noon

This is a two-hour course outlining the difference between priority, emergency, non-priority and square peg debts, the importance of prioritising debts and the implications of non-payment. A basic knowledge of the money advice process is assumed.

Participants will be able to:

  • Prioritise debts
  • Understand the consequences of not paying debts
  • Identify what action enforcement agents can take

Programme overview:

  • Definitions of priority, emergency, non-priority and square peg debts
  • The County Court recovery process and County Court Judgments
  • Types of enforcement agents and their powers

Date and time: Tuesday 30 November 10am–12 noon

A basic understanding of benefits is assumed.

This course outlines the help available through the social security system to pay for rent and mortgage costs.

Participants will be able to:

  • Know which benefit may be payable.
  • Understand how to claim.
  • Be aware of the limitations of help available through the mortgage interest scheme.

Programme:

  • Housing benefit- who is entitled?
  • Universal credit housing element.
  • Support for mortgage interest.

Date and time: Wednesday 1 December 10am–12 noon