fairness

  • Refusal to accept late mandatory reconsideration requests

    Last updated: August 4, 2017
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    SG v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Appeal CE/766/2016) and R (CJ) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (JR/3861/2016)

    These two linked cases concern the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) refusal to accept late mandatory reconsideration (‘MR’) requests, regardless of the claimant’s circumstances and reasons for lateness, thereby apparently leaving the claimant without a right of appeal to an independent tribunal.

  • Refugee children – Disability Living Allowance – past presence test

    Last updated: May 24, 2017
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    Update 09/09/2016: the DWP has now issued guidance, DMG Memo 20/16 and ADM Memo 21/16, confirming that it will not be appealing against the Upper Tribunal decision and that the past presence test is no longer applicable to claims for disability living allowance, personal independence payment, attendance allowance or carer's allowance.

  • Tax credits and appeal rights

    Last updated: May 23, 2017
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    Sheikh v HMRC CTC/3228/2015 and Saleh v HMRC CTC/1938/2016

    Saleh and Sheikh are appeals in the Upper Tribunal concerning the relationship between s16 and s18 of the Tax Credits Act 2002 and what the powers of the First-tier Tribunal (FtT) are where a s16 decision, which is the subject of an appeal to it, has subsequently been replaced by an end of year s18 decision on a tax credits award. HMRC can amend or terminate an initial award for tax credits under s16 if there is evidence that the amount awarded is incorrect or if there is no entitlement. A s16 decision must be made within the respective tax year. A s18 decision is the final decision on a tax credits award and is conclusive as to a person’s entitlement for the relevant tax year. In practice, HMRC do not make a s18 decision while a s16 decision is under appeal.

  • Autumn Statement creates new rationing system for children, working families and disabled people

    December 5, 2013
    press release

    Responding to today’s Autumn Statement, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “Today’s Autumn Statement creates a new income rationing system for children, working families and disabled people through a national cap on their basic support.

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  • Autumn Statement: New cuts hit children in working and out of work families

    December 5, 2012
    press release

    Commenting in response to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty action Group, said:

    “Despite all the talk, working families are once again at the front of the queue for spending cuts. With 6 in 10 poor children living with a working parent, real terms cuts to tax credits, housing and child benefits are grim news.

    “Today’s measures give a net income boost to 3 out of 5 people in the wealthiest half of the population, whilst everyone in the poorest half will see their income cut. If we are all in it together, some of us – the poorest – are in it deeper than the rest.

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  • Budget 2014: Child Poverty Action Group on the impact on families

    March 19, 2014
    press release

    Responding to the Chancellor’s Budget Statement today Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “Today’s Budget tries to lock-in austerity for millions of low-paid families, poor children, carers and disabled people. Announcing a cap for social security spending without a plan to address the root causes of low pay, high rents and high childcare costs, simply forces the most vulnerable in society to pay the price for inaction.

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  • Budget leaves poorest families abandoned on the frontline of austerity

    March 20, 2013
    press release

    Responding to today’s Budget Statement, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty action Group, said:

    “The Chancellor described it as a budget for families with children looking to work hard and aspiring to get on, but most low income families have very few reasons to be cheerful and plenty to be fearful. Child poverty is set to increase by 600,000 children during the Coalition’s time in office, and there is nothing much in the Budget that will change this course.

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  • CPAG responds to the Autumn Statement

    5 December 2013
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    We have criticised the Chancellor's Autumn Statement for rationing support for children, working families and disabled people through a national cap on social security.

    See our full reaction in the CPAG press statement.

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  • Family budgets hit by ‘Bad Friday’ bombshell

    April 4, 2012
    press release

    Commenting on the multi-billion pound cuts set to hit ordinary families on Good Friday, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

    “This year’s holiday will feel more like ‘Bad Friday’ for millions of families as they come to terms with over £2 billion of cuts.

    “Some of the poorest working families will lose thousands of pounds from their annual income, leaving them in a desperate struggle to pay for basics like groceries, clothes and household bills.

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  • IMF warn economic inequality is threat to the economy

    April 8, 2014
    press release

    In the new World Economic Outlook published today by the International Monetary Fund, Olivier Blanchard, the IMF’s Economic Counsellor, warns that the effect of inequality on economic progress is set to become a central problem.

    Imran Hussain, Head of Policy for Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “The IMF warning is an important reminder that reducing inequality and ending poverty is essential to a strong economy.

    “We always put children first in family life, and there’s good evidence to suggest that by doing the right thing for Britain’s children we can benefit the economy too.

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