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.

Childcare costs and changes for tax credits

Issue 198 (June 2007)

Alison Gillies looks at how to work out childcare charges for working tax credit and how to identify when there has been a relevant change.

Work, work, work: Green Paper on employment and benefits

Issue 199 (August 2007)

The Government have published a Green Paper outlining proposals on achieving full employment, including the threat of more benefit sanctions for lone parents and the unemployed. Simon Osborne describes the main points.

Tax credit administration errors

Issue 200 (October 2007)

On 25 July 2007, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Jane Kennedy MP, issued a statement relating to administrative errors concerning some finalised awards for 2003/04, 2004/05 and 2005/06. The finalised award is a conclusive award and can only be revised under certain legal provisions. However some finalised awards were corrected – following information passed to the Revenue – using an incorrect procedure. Beth Lakhani looks at what this means for the awards concerned and provides some detail of the enquiry process.

Incapacity and 'substantial risk'

Issue 200 (October 2007)

Simon Osborne looks at various approaches to applying the ‘substantial risk’ provision that is part of the test for incapacity for work.

A guide for appeal representatives

Issue 200 (October 2007)

The Tribunals Service has issued a guide for representatives at social security appeal tribunals - Good practice guidance for those who appear before appeal tribunals. It was issued on 3rd August 2007, just over 12 months since the first draft of the guide was issued, and has undergone a substantial re-write following the consultation with representatives from the National Customer Representative Liaison Forum. The published version is a significant improvement on earlier drafts. Edward Graham outlines the main points.

Briefing for First Stage Debate on Welfare Reform (Further Provision) (Scotland) Bill

May 2012

CPAG in Scotland briefing to MSPS in advance of the First Stage Debate on the Welfare Reform (Further Provision) (Scotland) Bill.

 

 

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.