Simon Osborne

  • Tribunals, telephones and videos

    Issue 252 (June 2016)
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    When should a First-tier Tribunal consider allowing appellants to take part in the hearing of their appeals via a telephone or video link? Simon Osborne reviews the relevant law, and some yet wider considerations.

  • Universal credit: full steam ahead

    Issue 251 (April 2016)
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    Simon Osborne describes the latest plans for the roll out of universal credit (UC) and, in particular, the UC ‘full service’.1

    • 1. This process has already started: see, for example, provisions in SI 2016 No.33 and SI 2016 No.407.
  • Universal credit: recent rule changes

    Issue 249 (Dec 2015)
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    Simon Osborne describes a number of new regulations which make some important changes to the universal credit (UC) rules.

  • PIP marches on

    Issue 248 (October 2015)
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    The DWP has announced the start of the next stage in the process of the transfer of current disability living allowance (DLA) claims to claims for personal independence allowance (PIP). Simon Osborne outlines the plans.

  • In the bag? Tribunals and less favourable decisions

    Issue 247 (August 2015)
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    Simon Osborne reviews some recent guidance offered in the caselaw about the ability of tribunals to make decisions more adverse to the appellant than the one under appeal.

  • ESA and ‘significant worsening’

    Issue 246 (June 2015)
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    Recent rule changes make it more difficult for claimants to get employment and support allowance (ESA) in payment straight away if they reclaim following failing the work capability assessment (WCA). One way to do so is on the basis that their health condition has ‘significantly worsened’. But what does that mean, and how will the DWP approach the matter? Simon Osborne explains.

  • ‘Passporting’ to maximum housing benefit

    Issue 246 (June 2015)
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    Simon Osborne reviews the rules under which housing benefit (HB) claimants can be ‘passported’ to maximum HB.

  • Mandatory reconsideration: another fine mess

    Issue 245 (April 2015)
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    Simon Osborne describes the latest mandatory reconsideration problems and solutions.

  • ESA and abolition of the ‘six month rule’

    Issue 245 (April 2015)
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    Simon Osborne describes important new rules which affect repeat claims for employment and support allowance (ESA) following failure of the work capability assessment, and entitlement to ESA pending appeal.

  • Statutory shared parental pay

    Issue 244 (February 2015)
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    Susan Mitchell and Simon Osborne outline the main rules on a new payment which, from April, will replace additional statutory paternity pay in England, Scotland and Wales.