Simon Osborne

  • All rise for the Judge? Tribunal reform on the books

    Issue 201 (December 2007)
    article

    Simon Osborne looks at the context and content of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007.

  • Budget and benefits 2007

    Issue 197 (April 2007)
    article

    Simon Osborne describes the main benefit and tax credit provisions in the 2007 Budget, as set out in the Budget Report.

  • Disability and discrimination: a case for special treatment

    Issue 226 (February 2012)
    article

    An argument for more favourable treatment for disabled people in social security, in particular in housing benefit, is currently before the Court of Appeal. Simon Osborne sets the scene.

  • Evidence at the new tribunals

    Issue 207 (December 2008)
    article

    Simon Osborne looks at the rules for the new First-tier Tribunals (FTT) for social security, and what they mean for presentation and use of evidence.

  • Government press on with compulsion

    Issue 201 (February 2008)
    article

    A trio of official publications in late 2007 and early this year provide further detail of the increasing compulsion - or conditionality - being applied to benefit claimants, with the accompanying threat of sanctions (and resulting poverty) for non-compliance. Simon Osborne describes the announcements.

  • Housing benefit overpayments – who is liable?

    Issue 193 (August 2006)
    article

    Simon Osborne describes the bizarrely complex rules regarding from whom a housing benefit overpayment is recoverable, and when appeals can be made.

  • Incapacity and 'substantial risk'

    Issue 200 (October 2007)
    article

    Simon Osborne looks at various approaches to applying the ‘substantial risk’ provision that is part of the test for incapacity for work.

  • Making the poor pay: the Budget and benefits

    Issue 217 (August 2010)
    article

    Simon Osborne examines the changes to benefits and tax credits announced in the June 2010 Budget.

  • Reporting changes – failures and overpayments

    Issue 196 (February 2007)
    article

    Simon Osborne looks at the law on reporting changes of circumstance, in the light of recent case law and the ongoing centralisation of offices at Jobcentre Plus.

  • Tribunal rules round-up

    Issue 224 (October 2011)
    article

    Simon Osborne considers some of the recent caselaw concerning tribunals and in particular the application of the Tribunal Rules.