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When everyone has a home

028 9024 5640: Housing & Debt Helpline for Northern Ireland

Skainos centre
Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 10:00 to 13:00
3.0hrs CPD

Universal Credit has been introduced into Northern Ireland since September 2017 and since December 2018 any working age person making a new claim for social security assistance could claim Universal Credit instead of some of the current benefits including Housing Benefit. Its implementation has significantly changed how people access and maintain their housing.

Following our training sessions last year we have updated the information within this session to ensure attendees are kept up to date with ongoing changes in Welfare Reform impacting on housing

This session will update your knowledge on Welfare Reform and the impacts on the housing situation of vulnerable and low-income households in Northern Ireland and will include:

  • An overview of the claims process, how to maintain your claim and repercussions if claim is not maintained 
  • Key differences between Housing Benefit & Universal Credit for social tenants
  • An overview of financial support available to social tenants to help with possible arrears
  • Information on assistance with rates payments

Course objectives

By the end of the session you will have a better understanding of the current welfare system and be better equipped to advise clients

Who should attend?

This course will be beneficial to 

  • new and experienced advisers who deal with welfare reform and the impact that is has on their client's ability to pay for their accommodation
  • housing providers
  • constituency office support staff
  • community and residents groups
  • hostel workers

Register for this event

The correct price for your organisation will be charged at checkout.

Voluntary / Community from£48.00
Public / Statutory from£90.00