Disability Living Allowance and the Genuine and Sufficient Link Requirement

Last updated: March 12, 2019

Kavanagh v Secretary of State and Pensions [2019] EWCA Civ 272
Judgment given by the Court of Appeal on 7 March 2019

The genuine and sufficient link in disability living allowance and attendance allowance is to the UK as a whole, not simply the UK’s social security system, and both objective evidence but also motives, intentions and expectations of the claimant are relevant in establishing the link.

Localisation of social security: what can the advice sector tell us?

In the last few years, a slew of reports have been published focusing on the impact of the coalition government’s decision to localise various elements of the national social security system, including council tax benefit (now council tax support) and the discretionary social fund (now local welfare assistance).

NHS life expectancy report “stark warning of impact of rising poverty”

Child poverty campaigners today (8/02/19) responded to reports from NHS Health Scotland of stalling life expectancy and rising death rates in Scotland poorest areas. The reports highlight reduced spending on social security benefits as a key factor likely to be driving the disturbing trend. 

John Dickie, the Director of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, said: 

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March 7, 2019

Two disabled people who moved to the UK from other EU countries have won an important Appeal Court case which entitles them to disability-related benefits in the UK from shortly after they arrived rather than having to wait two years. The case, brought by Child Poverty Action Group and Harrow Law Centre, will enable disabled EU citizens and their carers who have a “genuine and sufficient” connection to the UK to receive social security support at an earlier point if they relocate to the UK.

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March 1, 2019

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) is seeking leave to appeal direct to the Court of Appeal on behalf of two disabled households who were left worse off after they were forced to move to universal credit (UC) because their existing benefits were wrongly stopped by the DWP. The move follows a High Court decision today which rejected a claim of unlawful discrimination brought by the two households and refused permission to appeal.

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Scotland's Welfare Rights Conference now on sale

26 February 2019

We are delighted to announce the return of our annual welfare rights conference, taking place on Friday 7 June 2019 in Glasgow; tickets are now on sale!

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Social security and domestic abuse

Issue 268 (February 2019)

Kirsty McKechnie describes a report from CPAG’s Early Warning System with some urgent concerns regarding claimants who have been subject to domestic abuse.

A Best Start in Scotland

Issue 268 (February 2019)

Mark Willis describes the new maternity grant in Scotland.

UC child elements and child benefit

Issue 268 (February 2019)

Henri Krishna takes a look at the relationship, both real and imagined, between the child element in universal credit and child benefit