Inspecting the inspectors (2010)

Issue 217 (August 2010)

In the latest of an occasional series of articles on the decisions of social fund inspectors (see Bulletins 196, 197, 200 and 204), Edward Graham examines some recent cases relating to community care grants.

Making the poor pay: the Budget and benefits

Issue 217 (August 2010)

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

New EU social security co-ordination rules

Issue 217 (August 2010)

Pamela Fitzpatrick considers the significance of changes to the European Union (EU) social security co-ordination rules.

Housing benefit challenge rejected

Issue 225 (December 2011)

Sarah Clarke explains the options for claimants who are affected by the April 2011 changes to the housing benefit (HB) scheme it the light of the Court’s decision in CPAG v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2011] EWHC 2616 (Admin).

EU co-ordination of social security

Issue 225 (December 2011)

Sarah Clarke provides an update on some European Union co-ordination issues.

This article is about what happens when European nationals, including UK nationals, and their family members move from one country to another within the European Union (EU), and explains more about when they can take their benefits with them.

EU Charter of Fundamental Rights: the dog that hasn’t barked...yet

Issue 225 (December 2011)

Graham Tegg considers whether a possible new approach to an existing piece of European Union (EU) law may be of assistance to claimants faced with negative right to reside decisions.

Save child benefit

March 2012

Child benefit, the only universal payment for children, is under threat.

The value of child benefit has been frozen until 2013/14, drastically cutting the amount families receive, and it will be taxed away from families in a complex and deeply unfair way. These changes are unfair, unaffordable and unworkable. We are calling for the freeze to child benefits to be lifted and rates to be restored, and for tax on child benefit to be stopped.

Read more about the Save Child Benefit campaign.

Commentary on the Comptroller and Auditor General’s Report Means Testing Benefits

October 2011

Commentary on the Comptroller and Auditor General’s Report on Means Testing Benefits

 A background note by CPAG for the Public Accounts Committee.

Escalating conditionality

Issue 225 (December 2011)

David Simmons describes the new conditionality regime for benefit claimants provided for in the Welfare Reform Bill 2011.

20,000 children to be pushed into poverty by child benefit cut

March 20, 2012

New research by Child Poverty Action Group, shows that the cliff that will be created by the government’s plans for child benefit will push households with 20,000 children into net incomes comparable to poverty.

The Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

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