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Maximising Universal Credit "housing costs" for private sector tenants!

Good afternoon

The following Universal Credit course has been designed primarily for private landlords and letting agents, providing accommodation to benefit reliant tenants. It will also be of interest to staff employed in charitable or voluntary organisations, who provide accommodation and/or support to vulnerable individuals and are interested in developing their understanding of the key elements of this critical benefit, which includes help with housing costs, replacing, as it does, Housing Benefit for working age claimants.

Date – 18th April 23 – 10am-12 noon.

Costs per delegate is £80 (inclusive of VAT).

You’ll find the programme (below) lasts 2 hours and will be delivered via Zoom.

Numbers of delegates will be limited to no more than 12 to ensure the session is interactive from the outset, allowing questions throughout.

Key Course Content

This course has been specially created to address the areas of greatest concern and how these can best be tackled:

  • How to claim and validate identity, income, capital etc?
  • How the “housing costs” is calculated using the LHA scheme rules?
  • What is the “Benefit Assessment Period”and how does this affect payments?
  • What tenants and landlords can do when changes in personal circumstances occur?
  • How can you ensure direct payment is made to you from the first month?
  • What is Tier 1 factors & Third-Party Deductions and how can you maximise?
  • Ending a tenancy and safeguarding the “housing costs element”.
  • Protecting yourself against overpayments and attempts by DWP to recover from you.
  • How to effectively make complaints and appeals.

Need further information?

If you would like to reserve a place or require any further information or need to clarify anything, please email or or phone 07733 080 389


Bill Irvine

UC Advice & Advocacy Ltd

Bill irvine

Bill is an ex Head of Housing Services (Benefits, Revenues & Advice) at one of the UK’s largest councils and was Local Government Advisor to the Housing Benefit, Standing Committee, Westminister.

In January 2010 he was invited to provide written and oral evidence to DWP’s Local Housing Allowance Inquiry, with some of his recommendations being adopted as “best practice”. He is retained as the NRLA’s HB & UC consultant, providing advice, training and advocacy, including representation at First and Upper-tier Tribunals, with some of his cases, relating to backdating, direct payments and overpayments, becoming important “caselaw”.

He operates and publishes regular updating bulletins on Universal Credit to more than 1300 registered subscribers from both the Social and Private landlord sectors.