Scotland's MPs urged to 'uphold six vital welfare amendments'

February 1, 2012

A coalition of over sixty of Scotland’s leading charities, unions and faith groups are today urging every Scottish MP to uphold what they describe as “six vital amendments” to the Welfare Reform Bill agreed by the House of Lords.

The Bill, as amended by the Lords in a series of defeats to the Government, returns to the Commons today (Wednesday 1st February).

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Inspecting the inspectors (2008)

Issue 204 (June 2008)

In the latest of an occasional series of articles on the decisions of social fund inspectors, David Simmons considers some recent cases about capital, repeat applications and budgeting loans.

The work capability assessment

Issue 204 (June 2008)

Simon Osborne describes the new test for Employment and Support Allowance of whether someone is too ill to work.

Advising BME communities e-bulletin: May 2012

15 May 2012

Read our May e-bulletin which looks at: child benefit for people coming from abroad; changes to tax credits rules; permanent right to reside cases, and more.

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Calculating ESA

Issue 205 (August 2008)

The amount of employment and support allowance (ESA) a claimant is entitled to depends upon a number of factors, including whether the claimant is: single or part of a couple; in receipt of certain benefits; entitled to income-related and/or contributory ESA; and/or still in the initial assessment phase. Edward Graham explains how much ESA a claimant may be entitled to.

Right to reside: workers and work-seekers

Issue 206 (October 2008)

Pamela Fitzpatrick looks at some problems experienced by work-seekers and workers with the right-to-reside test.

ESA and students

Issue 206 (October 2008)

Angela Toal describes the main employment and support allowance (ESA) rules for students, pointing out where they are more restrictive than at present.

"Far more ambitious approach needed" say child poverty campaigners as Scottish welfare bill progresses

May 16, 2012

Responding to the publication today of the Scottish Parliament Welfare Reform Committee’s Stage 1 Report on the Welfare Reform (Further provision) (Scotland) Bill, head of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, John Dickie, said:

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B – The end of a long and winding road

Issue 227 (April 2012)

In this article, Sarah Clarke looks at the B case and its history, together with the related case of Hinchy v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2005] UKHL 16, which ran alongside it.

Great expectations dashed as PIP plans mature

Issue 227 (April 2012)

Proposals to replace disability living allowance (DLA) for working age adults with a new personal independence payment (PIP) have emerged relatively unscathed from parliamentary scrutiny of the Welfare Reform Act 2012. Jon Shaw updates on the changes that were made and the current consultations on the proposals.