Encouraging thoughts

Issue 195 (December 2006)

Stewart Wright reports on the recent Tribunal of Commissioners' decision - CSDLA/133/2005 - which considered whether thinking is a bodily function and whether prompting and motivating can count as attention for AA and DLA purposes.

Benefit rights for Bulgarian and Romanian nationals

Issue 196 (February 2007)

Pamela Fitzpatrick gives a brief overview of the changes to benefit rules brought about by the Accession of Bulgaria and Romania to the EU.

Overpayments and recovery at common law

Issue 196 (February 2007)

It may have been thought that, with his success in the case of B, the Secretary of State would have been content with the overpayment recovery powers in section 71 of the Social Security Administration Act 1992. However, recent correspondence between the DWP and CPAG reveals that the DWP thinks it also has powers of recovery under the common law. Stewart Wright explains the correspondence, suggests why the DWP may be wrong and how the issue may be tested in court.

Reporting changes – failures and overpayments

Issue 196 (February 2007)

Simon Osborne looks at the law on reporting changes of circumstance, in the light of recent case law and the ongoing centralisation of offices at Jobcentre Plus.

Lone parents and benefit reform

Issue 197 (April 2007)

Edward Graham looks at recent announcements and rumours regarding lone parents and benefit.

Benefits and discrimination after 60

Issue 197 (April 2007)

Stewart Wright takes a look at recent case law in this area and highlights some areas which remain to be explored.

Budget and benefits 2007

Issue 197 (April 2007)

Simon Osborne describes the main benefit and tax credit provisions in the 2007 Budget, as set out in the Budget Report.

Work-focused interviews: recent rules and research

Issue 198 (June 2007)

Simon Osborne looks at the most recent rules and at what the latest research suggests about their likely effectiveness.

The Welfare Reform Act 2007

Issue 198 (June 2007)

The Welfare Reform Bill received Royal Assent on 3 May and became the Welfare Reform Act. Edward Graham summarises its main provisions. (This article builds on and should be read in conjunction with articles in Bulletins 193, 194 and 195.) Note: most of the provisions in the Act require further legislation to bring them into effect. In particular, it is currently expected that the employment and support allowance and related provisions will not be in effect before October 2008: see future Bulletins for updates.

NINO knowledge

Issue 198 (June 2007)

Stewart Wright maps out where the requirement to have a national insurance number impacts on benefits and tax credits, and indicates where some legal challenges may arise.