Simon Osborne

  • The work capability assessment

    Issue 204 (June 2008)
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    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)
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    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.

  • Child benefit and qualifying young persons

    Issue 191 (April 2006)
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    Simon Osborne outlines new rules extending benefit entitlement for families that include a young person.

  • 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)
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    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.