The Tribunals Service has issued a guide for representatives at social security appeal tribunals - Good practice guidance for those who appear before appeal tribunals. It was issued on 3rd August 2007, just over 12 months since the first draft of the guide was issued, and has undergone a substantial re-write following the consultation with representatives from the National Customer Representative Liaison Forum. The published version is a significant improvement on earlier drafts. Edward Graham outlines the main points.
In the latest of an occasional series of articles on the decisions of social fund inspectors (see Bulletins 196, 197, 200 and 204), Edward Graham examines some recent cases relating to community care grants.
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
The Welfare Reform Bill received Royal Assent on 3 May and became the Welfare Reform Act. Edward Graham summarises its main provisions. (This article builds on and should be read in conjunction with articles in Bulletins 193, 194 and 195.) Note: most of the provisions in the Act require further legislation to bring them into effect. In particular, it is currently expected that the employment and support allowance and related provisions will not be in effect before October 2008: see future Bulletins for updates.