Universal credit: defective claims and withdrawals

Issue 262 (February 2018)

Martin Williams looks at when a ‘claim’ for universal credit (UC) might not result in the claimant transferring to UC from current awards of legacy benefits.

Appeal rights and tax credits

Issue 262 (February 2018)

We now know that in benefits an appeal right still exists even where the DWP refuses to carry out a mandatory reconsideration on grounds of lateness. But what about tax credits and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)? Mark Willis explains.

Child poverty campaigners say Ministers have “no time to lose” in acting on Commission’s child poverty advice

February 26, 2018
“Investment in social security needed if targets are to be met” says independent Commission

Responding to today’s publication of independent advice on child poverty from the Poverty and Inequality Commission’s (26/02/18) John Dickie, Director of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, said:

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Universal credit changes now and then

Issue 262 (February 2018)

The Autumn Budget and associated announcements herald a number of important changes in universal credit (UC), described here by Simon Osborne.

Briefing Note for Stage 2 of the Social Security (Scotland) Bill - Part 2, Chapter 3 onwards

February 2018

At Stage Two of the Social Security (Scotland) Bill, consideration of amendments to the Bill is taking place over the course of several weeks.

We have produced a series of briefings for MSPs to follow this scrutiny schedule.

The third and final briefing note for Stage 2 of the Bill, is on the the key amendments in Part 2, Chapter 3 of the bill onwards.

Parliamentary briefing: child poverty in London, February 2018

February 2018

On Thursday 22nd February, MPs will debate ‘Child Poverty in London’ in parliament. We have produced a briefing for MPs, incorporating the latest End Child Poverty statistics, released in early 2018, and the latest CPAG research. The briefing explores the main causes and solutions to child poverty, at a local and national level, and sets out why child poverty makes us all poorer.

Universal Credit, disability and transitional protection

Last updated: July 3, 2018

R (TD, AD and IM) v SSWP CO/590/2018

This case is continuing notwithstanding the Ministerial statement and subsequent draft regulations claiming to provide transitional protection to those disabled people who have moved onto UC ahead of the managed migration process and, as a consequence, lost out on the SDP.  The draft regulations do not in fact provide for a disabled adult previously in receipt of SDP to receive an equivalent top up amount in UC if they are in receipt of the LCWRA element and do not address at all the situation of disabled children.

The case has been listed for hearing on 23 Jan 2019.

On 8 February 2018, CPAG issued a claim for permission to apply for judicial review on behalf of two households, each with a person with a disability, challenging the lack of transitional protection or, alternatively, the inability to return to legacy benefits once an award for universal credit has been made in circumstances where the DWP makes a decision terminating an individual’s award of a legacy benefit, which is subsequently shown to have been a wrong decision and is overturned, and the individual is financially worse off under UC.

OBR sceptical about DWP's claims about Universal Credit

The roll-out of Universal Credit may be running five years later than planned, having wasted £40 million in botched IT, and been emasculated by austerity cuts since 2015, but its advocates in the DWP still argue that it is all going to be worthwhile in the end because its labour supply effects will get people into work and onto higher earnings.

Briefing Note for Stage 2 of the Social Security (Scotland) Bill - Parts 1 - 2 (Chapters 1& 2) and Schedules.

February 2018

At Stage Two of the Social Security (Scotland) Bill, consideration of amendments to the Bill is taking place over the course of several weeks.

We have produced briefings for MSPs to follow the scrutiny schedule.

The second briefing note is on amendments to Part 2 (Chapters 1 & 2) and the Schedules of the Bill which set out the types of assistance.

Free school meals and universal credit

5 February 2018

CPAG has responded to the government's consultation on setting an earnings threshold for eligibility to free school meals in universal credit. We believe that all children in families eligible for universal credit should continue to receive free school meals.

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