Understanding Universal Credit – Local Gov e-learning course



Ensure that you are fully up to date with Universal Credit and understand the key differences between the live ‘gateway’ UC scheme and the full digital service, and how this will change the way you work.

Using information from local authorities already rolled out, the course shows the issues which may be faced and provides guidance on areas not apparent or covered by the DWP’s presentation. Written by our experts with over 25 years experience in local government legislation.

By the end of this Universal Credit for Local Authorities training course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the key differences between the ‘gateway’ UC scheme and full digital service.
  • Explain who the eligible claimants are when moving to a full area.
  • Explain who will be worse off moving into a full digital area.
  • Understand the impacts of full service, including the risks, impacts etc.
  • Compose a UC calculation and explain all the different elements.
  • Understand the managed payment process in relation to rent arrears and vulnerability.
  • Identify the differences between UC housing costs and Housing Benefit.
  • Explain when third-party deductions can be applied to UC and from when.
  • State the conditionality of the claimant commitment and possible sanctions.
  • Understand the various ways UC can be treated as income for Council Tax Support.

Who should take this course?
There are no formal requirements for this Universal Credit for Local Authorities course, but a basic knowledge of Housing Benefit and Universal Credit would be an advantage. The course is ideal for benefit and customer service teams.