Simon Osborne

  • Night-time needs: DLA and children

    Issue 253 (August 2016)
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    Simon Osborne considers some recent caselaw about the disability living allowance (DLA) tests for attention/ supervision at night, in the context of the needs of disabled children.

  • New state pension: a brief guide

    Issue 252 (June 2016)
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    Simon Osborne provides answers to some basic questions about the new state pension. For full details, see Chapter 36 of CPAG’s Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook.

  • Tribunals, telephones and videos

    Issue 252 (June 2016)
    article

    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)
    article

    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)
    article

    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)
    article

    Simon Osborne describes the latest mandatory reconsideration problems and solutions.