Welfare Rights Bulletin articles

The Welfare Rights Bulletin is CPAG's journal of welfare benefits and tax credits law and practice. It is also an updating service for our Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook.

Published six times a year, it is sent to all CPAG Rights members as part of the membership package. It is also available on annual subscription.

This page contains a selection of articles from the magazine. Other regular features include: Handbook update; legal section with reports of court cases, Upper Tribunal decisions and new regulations; welfare rights news; reader Q&A.

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  • Universal credit and free school meals

    Issue 266 (October 2018)

    Mark Willis reviews how universal credit (UC) can give entitlement to free school meals.

  • Pension credit: amounts for children

    Issue 266 (October 2018)

    From next February, amounts for children can be included in pension credit where relevant rules are satisfied, as described here by Simon Osborne.

  • PIP guidance round-up

    Issue 266 (October 2018)

    Ed Pybus summarises recent official guidance concerning personal independence payment (PIP) in the light of recent caselaw and DWP announcements about PIP reviews for severe health conditions.

  • Bereavement and children: unequal no more?

    Issue 266 (October 2018)

    Carla Clarke looks at a recent Supreme Court decision regarding bereavement benefits and the children of unmarried parents.

  • Tribunals and PIP transfer errors

    Issue 265 (August 2018)

    Ed Pybus looks at recent caselaw on how tribunals should treat disability living allowance (DLA) evidence on transfer to personal independence allowance (PIP).

  • Tax credits: claim while you can

    Issue 265 (August 2018)

    Time is running out for tax credits. Mark Willis explains.

  • UC: value for money?

    Issue 265 (August 2018)

    Barbara Donegan describes an independent report which raises some fundamental questions about the operation of universal credit (UC).

  • UC and disability

    Issue 265 (August 2018)

    Simon Osborne reviews some of the main features of universal credit (UC) for claimants with a disability.

  • Fair comment?

    Issue 264 (June 2018)

    Simon Osborne describes recent caselaw setting out concern at some official responses in appeals to the First-tier Tribunal.

  • Overpayments and tax credits: what now?

    Issue 264 (June 2018)

    Since tax credits were introduced in 2003, the system has struggled to cope with the problem of overpayments. As we enter the final phase before tax credits are replaced by universal credit (UC), pressures are building up again. Mark Willis explains.