Simon Osborne

  • 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.

  • ESA decisions and appeals

    Issue 207 (December 2008)
    article

    Simon Osborne outlines the rules regarding decision-making and challenges in employment and support allowance (ESA).

  • The work capability assessment

    Issue 204 (June 2008)
    article

    Simon Osborne describes the new test for Employment and Support Allowance of whether someone is too ill to work.

  • Work, work, work: Green Paper on employment and benefits

    Issue 199 (August 2007)
    article

    The Government have published a Green Paper outlining proposals on achieving full employment, including the threat of more benefit sanctions for lone parents and the unemployed. Simon Osborne describes the main points.

  • Employment and support allowance – a forthcoming attraction?

    Issue 193 (August 2006)
    article

    The Welfare Reform Bill was published on 4 July 2006. Amongst its foremost provisions are the basic rules concerning the employment and support allowance, which is expected to replace incapacity benefit and income support for incapacity from 2008. Drawing on the Bill and its predecessor, the Green Paper, Simon Osborne describes the main provisions and identifies some of the issues arising.