Beth Lakhani

  • Tax credits: getting it wrong? – again

    Issue 201 (December 2007)
    article

    Two years on from her first report on the administration of tax credits, Tax credits: putting things right, the Parliamentary Ombudsman Ann Abraham has produced a second report, Tax credits: getting it wrong? Beth Lakhani outlines the report's main findings and recommendations.

  • Tax credit administration errors

    Issue 200 (October 2007)
    article

    On 25 July 2007, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Jane Kennedy MP, issued a statement relating to administrative errors concerning some finalised awards for 2003/04, 2004/05 and 2005/06. The finalised award is a conclusive award and can only be revised under certain legal provisions. However some finalised awards were corrected – following information passed to the Revenue – using an incorrect procedure. Beth Lakhani looks at what this means for the awards concerned and provides some detail of the enquiry process.

  • The times they are a-changin' – tax credits and changes of circumstances

    Issue 195 (December 2006)
    article

    Beth Lakhani describes new rules on reporting changes of circumstances for tax credits.

  • Labour market conditions and jobseeker’s allowance

    Issue 224 (October 2011)
    article

    Beth Lakhani and Edward Graham examine the labour market conditions for jobseeker’s allowance (JSA), when and how the requirement to be actively seeking work and available for work applies and what flexibilities are built into the rules.1

    • 1. For a complete list of all the rules, see p404 of CPAG’s Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook
  • Lone parents and access to means-tested benefits

    Issue 220 (February 2011)
    article

    Beth Lakhani examines the current state of play for lone parents claiming means-tested benefits and suggests some solutions.

  • Lone parents: the move from IS to JSA

    Issue 208 (February 2009)
    article

    The Social Security (Lone Parents and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2008 were laid on 23 November 2008. Its provisions are implemented at varying dates from 24 November 2008 through to 2011, in most cases. Beth Lakhani describes the main changes.