Date: 14th May Glasgow & Edinburgh 21st May
Time: 09:00 – 13:00
- Glasgow – Thenue Housing Association Head Office, 423 London Road, Glasgow, G40 1AG
- Edinburgh – Radisson Blu
This workshop will address mitigating Universal Credit and embedding best practice as part of standard income collection process.
Almost one in every two (45%) of UC claimants in Scottish social tenancies are on direct payments compared to just 29% across Britain. However, the surge in numbers for landlords of those claiming UC is becoming increasingly problematic. On average, from 2017 to 2018 each JCP, in Scotland, experienced a 191% increase in UC claimants in social tenancies. This at a time when there are less than 40,000 Scottish social tenancies claiming UC.
This workshop is aimed at heads of income or income managers and will discuss various income collection strategies that can be applied across organisations that help mitigate Universal Credit. Spaces are limited to one person per organisation.
The session will cover the following topics:
1. The new principles of income management
With many teams approaching arrears management in a similar way or using the same “re-cycled” ideas, we explore the new principles of income management and what these mean for you and your organisation.
2. Difficult conversations: – Re-enforcing the personal responsibility agenda
One of the cornerstones of welfare reform is personal responsibility. What techniques can you employ to re-enforce this and why should you?
3. Ending the agreements culture
An increasing proportion of debt has the “consent” of Officers. We explore the pitfalls of an agreements culture for both you and your tenants – along with how to make a good one.
4. Escalation policy – look again
We are so used to applying our escalation policy we’ve become detached from what it should mean. Avoid expensive reviews by re-interpreting your escalation policy and applying a different approach that resolves arrears sooner and more effectively.
5. Rent in advance
Challenge conventions that dictate providers accepting payments in arrears of housing benefit, UC and even direct debits.
About Jon Brownbill
The facilitator for the day is Jon Brownbill, who has recently joined Mobysoft, after working in income collection for social landlords for 9 years. Jon has vast experience of managing high performing income services for providers across the North West of England – in his last role he reduced gross arrears to 0.56%. Much of his notable work centred on challenging existing approaches and applying innovative techniques that have now become the norm in the sector – he was one of the first to secure
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