Our half-day workshop on PIP examines the structure of Personal Independence Payments (PIP), eligibility criteria, assessments and the appeals process. It enables participants to identify potential entitlement and support your clients to make the most effective applications. Delegates will also explore how to tackle delays in the assessment process, challenge decisions and initiate successful appeals.
Participants will also receive an accessible, in-depth practical guide from claim to appeal, to support clients with all parts of the claimant journey.
About your workshop leader:
Tom Messere has been an adviser since 1987 – before DLA or even Income Support. He has worked in Citizens Advice, Housing Associations, local authority 2nd tier Welfare Rights teams, Social Inclusion Units and cancer charities. He currently keeps his advice hand in as Benefits Adviser with Maggie’s Cancer Care, while being a freelance trainer and writer at www.bigbookofbenefits.com in the rest of the week.
Tom trains in his own right – as Big Book of Benefits - but also delivers courses on behalf of CPAG and Community Housing Cymru. His approach is informed by the accessible, demystifying and very practical approach taken in the Big Book of Benefits and Mental Health, now in its 18th edition, which he co-authors.
Tom is also South Wales rep on the committee of NAWRA – the National Association of Welfare Rights Advisers – www.nawra.org.uk . NAWRA represents 200 member organisations of advisers from across the local authority, housing and voluntary sector and strives to challenge, influence and improve welfare rights policy and legislation, as well as identifying and sharing good practice amongst its members.
About the handout:
The pack contains copies of the slides and a detailed, practical handout in the form of the PIP chapter from the Big Book of Benefits and Mental Health. The general information around PIP applies regardless of someone’s health conditions. While more detailed examples have a mental health focus, seeing PIP in action in one “tricky” area for PIP claims can often inform ideas in others.