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Throughout 2018, there will be the transfer to the universal credit full service which will impact on local authorities. In addition, the changes to universal credit and housing benefit announced during autumn 2017 will require local authorities to prepare new processes and to develop and deliver additional support services.
28 February 2018Starts: 10:00Ends: 16:30
Mercure RougemontQueen StreetExeterDevonEX4 3SP[See map]
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£245.00 excl VAT
2018 is likely to be a very busy year for local authority benefit services, involving a great deal of change and preparation for those changes.
This series of CIPFA Benefits and Revenues Service (CBRS) benefits events, examines the detail and impact of the announcements and new legislation introducing the various changes as well as identifying the support services required to be delivered as the process of transition from the live universal credit service to the full service progresses.
The first session examines the welfare reform announcements made during autumn 2017 and discusses the detail and implications of these changes and the legislation bringing them into effect including the changes relating to;
Measures aimed at reducing the impact of the initial structural delay in making a first payment of universal credit
The revised timescale for and process of transition from live service to full service
The impact on housing benefit claims including those categories of claims remaining with housing benefit
The second session then builds on issues raised in session 1 by examining the progress of and reaction to the development of universal credit and the wider welfare reform process and considers the impact on local authorities and their preparations for roll out of the full service, including the provision of personal budgeting and other support services to universal credit claimants in full service areas.
After lunch, the third session provides the latest details of the 2018/19 annual uprating of benefits and the 2018/19 benefits subsidy and grant payment arrangements for local authorities.
The day finishes with a a round-up of the implementation and impact of the other welfare reforms including the details and implications of the proposals for funding supported accommodation, the future of council tax support schemes and recent caselaw affecting the welfare reforms.
As usual, detailed accompanying notes will be available for downloading from the CBRS benefits events material page.
Those Local Authority staff involved in the policy development and management of benefits services and other organisations with an interest in the local delivery of benefit services
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Sheldon has 16 years' local government experience, including principal benefits officer at Sheffield City Council, where he managed the service and implemented major changes to the council's benefits administration. He joined the CIPFA Benefits and Revenues Service (CBRS) in 2003 and has trained and advised members of the team on all aspects of benefits legislation and local authority benefits service administration, focusing on the changes required as a result of successive government welfare reform policies and change programmes.
Benefits and Universal Credit: Preparing for 2018/19
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