Paying people who receive benefits course (Co-production and participation)

All you need to know to develop a safe and effective payments policy:

It is widely accepted as good practice to pay fees and expenses to people who use services and carers who get involved in participation, involvement and co-production. This is an essential part of good practice in co-production and an important way of valuing the input of people who use services and carers.

When organisations pay people who use services and carers who receive benefits they need to take care as there are some circumstances where receiving payments can lead to benefit sanctions or welfare payments being stopped.  

This course gives an overview of the latest guidance from the Department for Work and Pensions and explains all you need to know to develop a safe and effective payments policy.

This is a sample training course outline. It is based on approximately 25 delegates, trained at your premises. It can be adapted to your organisation’s training and CPD requirements. Contact us to arrange an in-house customised course.

Course content

  1. Introduction – over view of co-production principles of equality, diversity access and reciprocity and how these relate to paying people for co-production activity
  2. Why is offering to pay peoples’ fees and expenses important?
  3. What is current government policy?
  4. Overview of the benefits system
  5. Understanding Universal Credit
  6. How to offer people co-production opportunities that do not conflict with their benefit conditions
  7. The different amounts people can accept
  8. Notional earnings - the good news
  9. Paying people in arrears
  10. Reimbursing expenses
  11. Tax on payments - when to deduct
  12. How to complete a permitted work form
  13. Overview of standard organisational  policies you need
  14. Developing a payments flow chart 
  15. Standard letters to Jobcentre Plus
     

Learning outcomes

  1. Understand why payment of fees and expenses is an important part of co-production
  2. Understand how the benefit system works in relation to payments for co-production
  3. Identify the principles of good practice in making payments to people on benefits
  4. Improve your knowledge and confidence about how to implement a safe and effective organisational  payments policy
     

Duration

Full day training course – 6 hours

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This is a sample training course outline. It is based on approximately 25 delegates, trained at your premises. It can be adapted to your organisation’s training and CPD requirements. Contact us to arrange an in-house customised course.

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