David Simmons

  • Payments for supported accommodation under universal credit

    Issue 231 (December 2012)
    article

    David Simmons considers how payments for supported accommodation will be met after the introduction of universal credit, in the light of recent government announcements.

  • Universal credit: monthly awards

    Issue 230 (October 2012)
    article

    David Simmons examines the proposal to make universal credit a monthly benefit.

  • Universal credit: what we know and don’t yet know

    Issue 227 (April 2012)
    article

    David Simmons considers what we do and don’t know about universal credit, following the passing of the Welfare Reform Act 2012.

  • Never the twain shall meet? ESA medical reports and DLA decision making

    Issue 226 (February 2012)
    article

    David Simmons considers the legalities of the DWP and tribunals relying on ESA85 medical reports when making DLA decisions.

  • Escalating conditionality

    Issue 225 (December 2011)
    article

    David Simmons describes the new conditionality regime for benefit claimants provided for in the Welfare Reform Bill 2011.

  • The right to reside: interim payments pending the outcome of an appeal

    Issue 222 (June 2011)
    article

    There are two near certainties in a disputed right to reside case. The first is that it will raise complex issues of EU law, domestic immigration law and social security law. The second is that it will take an age for the matter to be resolved. This article, by David Simmons, addresses the issue of whether, pending the ultimate outcome of an appeal, is there any provision or principle of EU law that potentially entitles EU nationals challenging negative decisions to be supported in the meantime.

  • Interesting change: another cut in help with housing costs

    Issue 218 (October 2010)
    article

    David Simmons explains changes to the formula for calculating the standard interest rate used to determine help with housing costs.

  • Twenty-first century welfare

    Issue 218 (October 2010)
    article

    David Simmons examines the Government’s consultation paper on reforming the current system of benefits and tax credits.

  • Tax Credits: ‘technical overpayments’ and ‘offsetting’

    Issue 211 (August 2009)
    article

    David Simmons examines the current state of play on the recurring issue of tax credits overpayments which arise when a partner leaves or joins a household.

  • 2010 Budget highlights

    Issue 215 (April 2010)
    article

    David Simmons summarises the main changes relating to welfare benefits and tax credits announced in the 2010 budget.1These are in addition to the changes already announced in the Pre-Budget Report.