Benefit uprating: a return to human decency?

Issue 141 (Spring 2012)

In tough economic times, public debate can sometimes become more understanding of the plight of the worst off, but at other times show elements of mean-spirited selfishness. Nowhere has the latter response been more evident than in recent debates about the uprating of benefits.

Here, Donald Hirsch reviews the principles on which benefits have been uprated in the past. He argues that we must stop lowering the absolute living standards of the least well off families in the country by linking uprating to what we think the country can afford and instead re-establish the principle of human decency, linking benefit uprating to a concept of fairness.

Disability and discrimination: a case for special treatment

Issue 226 (February 2012)

An argument for more favourable treatment for disabled people in social security, in particular in housing benefit, is currently before the Court of Appeal. Simon Osborne sets the scene.

Permanent residence: settled

Issue 226 (February 2012)

Martin Williams provides a round-up of the caselaw on when a European Economic Area (EEA) national or her/his family member will have a permanent right of residence as a result of residing in the UK for five years.

Struck out?

Issue 226 (February 2012)

Martin Williams reviews the rules which allow a tribunal to strike out an appeal and the correct procedure for doing so.

Never the twain shall meet? ESA medical reports and DLA decision making

Issue 226 (February 2012)

David Simmons considers the legalities of the DWP and tribunals relying on ESA85 medical reports when making DLA decisions.

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.