Simon Osborne

  • Whither the WCA?

    Issue 230 (October 2012)
    article

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

  • Universal credit – an update

    Issue 229 (August 2012)
    article

    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)
    article

    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)
    article

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

  • Benefits and the Work Programme

    Issue 223 (August 2011)
    article

    Simon Osborne describes the rules and arrangements that provide for claimants to be referred to the new employment programme, which replaces many of the existing programmes.

  • Incapacity to ESA: transfer and reassessment

    Issue 221 (April 2011)
    article

    Simon Osborne reviews the rules under which most existing claims of benefit on the basis of incapacity for work are being transferred to claims for employment and support allowance (ESA), with entitlement reassessed.

  • Incapacity to ESA

    Issue 216 (June 2010)
    article

    Simon Osborne describes the rules providing for the transfer of incapacity benefits claimants onto employment and support allowance (ESA).

  • Welfare Reform Act 2009 – a quick guide

    Issue 215 (April 2010)
    article

    Simon Osborne outlines the main provisions of the Act and indicates likely implementation dates, where known.

  • Housing costs rules revisited

    Issue 214 (February 2010)
    article

    Simon Osborne describes the latest version of the rules relating to the 13-week waiting period for housing costs.

  • Substantial risk' and incapacity / limited capability for work

    Issue 211 (August 2009)
    article

    A recent court decision has resolved conflicting case law on the interpretation of the 'substantial risk' rule, which applies to the assessments for incapacity for work (the personal capability assessment) and limited capability for work (the work capability assessment). Simon Osborne explains.