Simon Osborne

  • Universal credit: expansion to new areas and to couples

    Issue 241 (August 2014)
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    Recent rule changes have made a number of changes to the universal credit (UC) rules. The changes include an expansion of the UC areas in north west England, and the introduction of the possibility of new claims from couples. Simon Osborne explains.

  • Recent WCA caselaw

    Issue 239 (April 2014)
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    Simon Osborne reviews some important recent caselaw about the work capability assessment (WCA).

  • Walking, wheelchairs and the WCA

    Issue 237 (December 2013)
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    Simon Osborne describes a current split in the caselaw on the question of whether someone’s ability to ‘mobilise’ with a manual wheelchair refers only to functional limitations, or to wider personal factors such as the ability to store the chair. The split will hopefully be resolved in a forthcoming decision of a three-judge panel of the Upper Tribunal.

  • New appeals rules and procedures

    Issue 235 (August 2013)
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    New rules about appeal rights and making appeals against benefit decisions are due for widespread implementation from 28 October. Simon Osborne describes what is happening.

  • Welfare reform in 2013

    Issue 233 (April 2013)
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    2013 is a landmark year in welfare reform. Simon Osborne outlines the main changes.

  • WCA changes again

    Issue 232 (February 2013)
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    New rules taking effect from 28 January 2013 make further changes to the work capability assessment (WCA). Simon Osborne describes what has happened.

  • Whither the WCA?

    Issue 230 (October 2012)
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    Simon Osborne considers prospects for reform and other change to the work capability assessment.

  • Universal credit – an update

    Issue 229 (August 2012)
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    Simon Osborne describes recent developments concerning the introduction, main rules and claims and payments arrangements of universal credit.

  • ESA and time-limiting: a Q&A

    Issue 228 (June 2012)
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    Simon Osborne rounds up some of the questions being posed about the detailed working of the time-limiting of contributory employment and support allowance (ESA).

  • Changes to employment and support allowance

    Issue 227 (April 2012)
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    Simon Osborne sets out the changes made to ESA by the Welfare Reform Act 2012, and other changes and procedures that result from them.