Benefits and Universal Credit Preparing for 2018/19


Event summary

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.


06 March 2018
Starts: 10:00
Ends: 16:30


Winchester Royal Hotel
21-22 St. Peter Street
SO23 8BS
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Standard price

£345.00 excl VAT

Network Member Price

£245.00 excl VAT

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About this event

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.

Who should attend?

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

How will I benefit?

Delegates will

  • be aware of the latest information on the development and roll-out of the government’s welfare reforms and universal credit and how this may impact on local authorities’ services and costs.
  • be updated with the latest policy announcements and caselaw
  • gain an understanding of the impact of universal credit and other welfare reforms on local services
  • develop an awareness of the issues relating to universal credit full service and the planning and preparations required to deal with the impact on local benefit services and claimants
  • identify how those services will need to develop and change in order to provide effective support services to benefit recipients

CPD hours



  • Health and social care
  • / Housing
  • / Local government

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Speaker - Sheldon Wood, Benefits Advisor, CIPFA Benefits & Revenues Service (CBRS)

Sheldon Wood

Sheldon has 16 years' local government experience, including as 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. E:, T: 0114 255932.