Simon Osborne

  • Universal credit: get ready

    Issue 243 (December 2014)

    With universal credit (UC) due to begin a significant nationwide expansion from February 2015, advisers should be ready for the main rules determining access to the UC system, and the main problems and challenges likely to arise for claimants. Simon Osborne and David Simmons explain.

  • Overpayments and official error

    Issue 242 (October 2014)

    Simon Osborne reviews rules on the relationship between benefit overpayment recovery and official error, with reference to some recent decisions from the Upper Tribunal.

  • Universal credit: expansion to new areas and to couples

    Issue 241 (August 2014)

    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)

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

  • Walking, wheelchairs and the WCA

    Issue 237 (December 2013)

    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)

    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)

    2013 is a landmark year in welfare reform. Simon Osborne outlines the main changes.

  • WCA changes again

    Issue 232 (February 2013)

    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)

    Simon Osborne considers prospects for reform and other change to the work capability assessment.

  • Universal credit – an update

    Issue 229 (August 2012)

    Simon Osborne describes recent developments concerning the introduction, main rules and claims and payments arrangements of universal credit.