Course: Assessing Income for Housing Benefit

Learn to accurately assess earned income during housing benefit assessment, with our classroom training or e-learning.

Tackle the major cause of housing benefit income errors, prevent subsidy loss and comply with the Right Benefit Initiative!

Improve the way you approach and calculate housing benefit income assessments, as you learn how to process earned income from employed and self-employed earners.

Written by our experts with over 25 years of experience in local authority legislation, this course covers a range of learning relating to housing benefit income assessment. Topics include guidelines for calculating payments, improving accuracy, common pitfalls to avoid, as well as the relevant regulations.

This Housing Benefit Assessing Earned Income training is available as a one-day classroom course at your premises, or as a cost-effective e-learning solution, providing you with unlimited access for 12 months!

What will I learn?

By the end of this Assessing Earned Income for Housing Benefit course, you will be able to:

  • Confidently approach and calculate earnings for housing benefit
  • Improve your accuracy and customer service
  • Apply earned income to new and existing claims
  • Avoid common pitfalls when calculating earned income from wage slips
  • Work out an average from any frequency of payment
  • Learn how to treat redundancy, termination, retirement and non-remunerative work
  • Choose an appropriate assessment period for self-employed earnings
  • Accurately convert gross profit to net profit for the HB calculation
  • Learn how to apply notional tax and NI’s to self-employed income
  • Apply changes to earned income at appropriate times
  • Improve your knowledge of the regulations relating to earnings

Who should take this course?

There are no formal prerequisites for this course; it is suitable for anyone with a housing benefit (HB) background. Although the course content is technical, it is explained in a non-technical way, so it’s ideal for all staff regardless of their level of experience.

It is particularly relevant for HB customer service officers; appeals officers; team leaders; managers; subsidy officers; and staff involved in the HB decision making process.

Course prices

  • Classroom
  • £1195
    per 1-day course at your premises, up to 12 delegates (plus VAT)
  • E-learning
  • £95
    per annual licence (plus VAT)

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Course Content

  • What are earnings
  • Irregular frequencies and unfamiliar employment
  • Gaining information where evidence is not available
  • Redundancy, employment termination, retirement and non-remunerative work
  • Deductions from earnings
  • Payments not included in earnings
  • Childcare costs
  • Calculation of average weekly earnings
  • Applying earnings from an appropriate date
  • Self-employed assessment, profit and expenses
  • Self-employed Tax, NI and conversion to weekly calculations
  • Child-minders
  • Earnings disregard (including the 23/6/17 change)
  • Recognising a definable change that can constitute a supersession
  • Applying relevant revision dates
  • RTI and Optional RTI
  • 30-week Tax and National Insurance reassessment easement
  • Notional income
  • Practical exercises calculating earnings from complex wage slips
'What a fantastic and thought provoking day! The trainer really brought this subject alive, helping to generate discussion and challenge the way we assess earned income. Ultimately, as a result of this training we have streamlined our procedures, so we don’t revisit certain types of claims anymore. I would thoroughly recommend it!’

Anne Banner

Benefits Manager, North Hertfordshire Council