Sarah Clarke

  • Does time limiting ESA breach human rights?

    Issue 229 (August 2012)
    article

    Sarah Clarke considers the position.

  • EU co-ordination of social security

    Issue 225 (December 2011)
    article

    Sarah Clarke provides an update on some European Union co-ordination issues.

    This article is about what happens when European nationals, including UK nationals, and their family members move from one country to another within the European Union (EU), and explains more about when they can take their benefits with them.

  • Tax credits: offsetting overpayments

    Issue 214 (February 2010)
    article

    Sarah Clarke provides an update on the 'offsetting' of overpayments which arise when a partner leaves or joins a household.

  • B – The end of a long and winding road

    Issue 227 (April 2012)
    article

    In this article, Sarah Clarke looks at the B case and its history, together with the related case of Hinchy v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2005] UKHL 16, which ran alongside it.

  • CPAG's challenge to the housing benefit changes

    Issue 221 (April 2011)
    article

    Changes to Housing Benefit first announced in the June 2010 budget come into force in April 2011. This article outlines what those changes are, and how and why CPAG is challenging them.

  • CPAG’s Child Poverty Act challenge

    Issue 229 (August 2012)
    article

    CPAG challenged the government’s approach to the Child Poverty Act in the High Court, and achieved a declaration that it had acted unlawfully (R (CPAG) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Secretary of State for Education1). Sarah Clarke explains the history to the case.

    • 1. This article is based on our notes of the judgment that was given on 17 July 2012, which we have summarised. We do not have a transcript as yet, so have not been able to check this article for accuracy. Some of the content may be directly quoted from the judgment, but is not in quote marks, and we may have missed some caselaw references.
  • Housing benefit challenge rejected

    Issue 225 (December 2011)
    article

    Sarah Clarke explains the options for claimants who are affected by the April 2011 changes to the housing benefit (HB) scheme it the light of the Court’s decision in CPAG v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2011] EWHC 2616 (Admin).

  • Lassal: CPAG victory in the ECJ

    Issue 218 (October 2010)
    article

    CPAG intervened in the Lassal case to represent the interests of claimants.         Sarah Clarke explains what the case is about.

  • Legal aid - reform or termination?

    Issue 220 (February 2011)
    article
    Sarah Clarke outlines the Government's proposals for reform of legal aid in England and Wales and the likely impact on advice provision.
  • Overpayments and recovery – Secretary of State waiver

    Issue 190 (February 2006)
    article

    Sarah Clarke describes DWP guidance on when recovery of a benefit overpayment might be waived.