Tax credits: getting it wrong? – again

Issue 201 (December 2007)

Two years on from her first report on the administration of tax credits, Tax credits: putting things right, the Parliamentary Ombudsman Ann Abraham has produced a second report, Tax credits: getting it wrong? Beth Lakhani outlines the report's main findings and recommendations.

All rise for the Judge? Tribunal reform on the books

Issue 201 (December 2007)

Simon Osborne looks at the context and content of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007.

New report finds poor children going hungry at school

June 15, 2012

The British Youth Council and Child Poverty Action Group have today published a joint report, Going Hungry? Young people’s experiences of Free School Meals, on the failure of the free school meals system to reach all children in poverty.

Research for the report also found that many students who should get free meals are not given enough credit on their cashless cards to afford the menu prices for a full meal. The report recommends that the new Universal Credit should guarantee free school meals for more children growing up below the poverty line.

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Exporting AA, CA and DLA care

Issue 201 (December 2007)

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has recently given an important judgement - Commission of the European Communities v the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union (C-299/05, 18 October 2007). The effect of the judgement is to allow for the exportation to any other European Economic Area (EEA) of States Attendance Allowance (AA), Carers Allowance (CA) and the care component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA). Pamela Fitzpatrick provides some background and details of this decision.

Tax credits: changes and performance

Issue 201 (February 2008)

Nearly five years on, and the tax credits scheme still appears to be a work in progress. Mark Willis looks at some of the latest changes and performance.

Government press on with compulsion

Issue 201 (February 2008)

A trio of official publications in late 2007 and early this year provide further detail of the increasing compulsion - or conditionality - being applied to benefit claimants, with the accompanying threat of sanctions (and resulting poverty) for non-compliance. Simon Osborne describes the announcements.

The 'local housing allowance' rules

Issue 201 (February 2008)

New housing benefit (HB) rent restriction1rules - the 'local housing allowance' (LHA) rules - are due to be introduced nationwide from 7 April 2008. Far from simplifying the HB rules, a new layer of complexity will be added. An additional difficulty is that, until 6 April 2009, there will be two versions of some of the Housing Benefit Regulations 2006 and the Housing Benefit (State Pension Credit) Regulations 2006.2 Carolyn George sets out the detail.

  • 1. Reg 13C HB Regs; reg 13C HB(SPC) Regs
  • 2. The amendments are made by the Housing Benefit (Local Housing Allowance and Information Sharing) Amendment Regulations 2007 SI No 2868, the Housing Benefit (State Pension Credit)(Local Housing Allowance and Information Sharing) Amendment Regulations 2007 SI No 2869 and the Housing Benefit (Local Housing Allowance, Miscellaneous and Consequential) Amendment Regulations 2007 SI No 2870. Some amendments to these are in the pipeline. The old versions continue to apply to a particular claimant until the first of specified events occurs, or if earlier, 6 April 2009: see reg 1(5)-(7) HB(LHA&IS)A Regs and reg 1(5)-(7) HB(SPC)(LHA&IS)A Regs.

New report shows children going hungry despite free school meals

14 June 2012

The British Youth Council and Child Poverty Action Group published a joint report, Going Hungry? Young people’s experiences of free school meals, on the failure of the free school meals system to reach all children in poverty.

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Going Hungry? Young people's experience of free school meals

June 2012

Child Poverty Action Group and the British Youth Council published this report Going Hungry? Young people’s experiences of free school meals on the failure of the free school meals system to reach all children in poverty.

“Unprecedented child poverty progress under massive threat from Coalition policies”

14 June 2012

Commenting on the latest official poverty statistics published today, John Dickie, head of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland said:

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