Martin Williams

  • ‘Closing’ universal credit claims

    Issue 260 (October 2017)
    article

    Martin Williams looks at the DWP practice of ‘closing’ claims to universal credit (UC).

  • Tax credits: child disability element fiasco

    Issue 256 (February 2017)
    article

    Martin Williams discusses securing child disability elements for the 28,000 families who lost out due to the failure of the DWP to notify HMRC about awards of disability living allowance (DLA).

  • GPOW kapowed?

    Issue 254 (October 2016)
    article

    Martin Williams considers the implications of a recent Upper Tribunal case on the correct approach to determining whether a European Economic Area (EEA) migrant has a right of residence as a jobseeker under what is widely referred to as the ‘GPOW’ test.

  • Working the work programme: sanctions

    Issue 252 (June 2016)
    article

    Martin Williams considers some implications of recent caselaw about sanctions and the Work Programme.

  • Mandatory reconsideration: problems and solutions

    Issue 241 (August 2014)
    article

    Martin Williams looks at some of the problems thrown up by mandatory reconsideration and direct lodgement of appeals (see Bulletin 235: New appeals rules and procedures) and what advisers can do to try to solve them.

  • Right to reside: Breytastic!

    Issue 236 (October 2013)
    article

    Martin Williams discusses the implications of the recent judgment of the European Court of Justice in Brey, and whether it can be of assistance to European Union (EU) nationals who would otherwise fail to establish a right to reside in the UK.

  • Better late than never?

    Issue 234 (June 2013)
    article

    PLEASE NOTE: this article argues that JI v HMRC is not binding. That position is incorrect. However the other reasons given in the article as to why JI is wrongly decided may still be used. Please see also the further article (Feb 2015)

    A recent decision of the Upper Tribunal has decided there is no possibility of making a late appeal in tax credits cases. Martin Williams considers the case.

  • Child benefit: the wrong residence test?

    Issue 234 (June 2013)
    article

    A Northern Ireland Social Security Commissioner has held that the right-to-reside test cannot lawfully be applied in child benefit cases. The successful claimant was represented by Patricia Carty of the Law Centre Northern Ireland. Martin Williams discusses the case.

  • Making an exception

    Issue 233 (April 2013)
    article

    Martin Williams takes a look at preparing appeals in cases involving the work capability assessment where the argument concerns the risk of substantial harm to the claimant or another person in the event they are not found to have limited capability for work (or work-related activity).

  • Sanction busting – part 2

    Issue 231 (December 2012)
    article

    Martin Williams highlights the practical steps that can now be taken to assist claimants who were sanctioned to file (late) appeals and the sheer volume of unlawful sanction decisions which it appears have been made.