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.

Changes to employment and support allowance

Issue 227 (April 2012)

Simon Osborne sets out the changes made to ESA by the Welfare Reform Act 2012, and other changes and procedures that result from them.

Tax credits changes

Issue 227 (April 2012)

Edward Graham with a reminder that a number of important changes to tax credits took effect from 6 April 2012.

Universal credit: what we know and don’t yet know

Issue 227 (April 2012)

David Simmons considers what we do and don’t know about universal credit, following the passing of the Welfare Reform Act 2012.

Welfare Reform Act 2012

Issue 227 (April 2012)

Do acts speak louder than words? Edward Graham gives a round-up of the changes on their way.

Tax credits calamity hammers 200,000 families and harms the economy

May 8, 2012

New figures today, published by HMRC, show that over 200,000 families will be losing their entire working tax credit support, worth £3,870, from 6 April 2012. The Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

“This is an absolute calamity that plunges nearly half a million children deep below the poverty line. Many of these parents will now have less money in work than if they just claimed benefits. It runs directly against the consensus on the importance of making work pay and the government’s duties on child poverty.

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