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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  • ESA – limited capability to claim?

    Issue 258 (June 2017)

    Employment support allowance (ESA) stops in certain situations, including where the claimant does not have limited capability for work (LCW) or is treated as not having LCW following failure to attend a medical examination without a good reason. Martin Williams takes a closer look.

  • ESA and WCA – recent and forthcoming changes

    Issue 258 (June 2017)

    Simon Osborne reviews changes regarding employment and support allowance (ESA) and the work capability assessment (WCA).

  • PIP – changing an ongoing award

    Issue 258 (June 2017)

    When can the DWP change an ongoing award of personal independence payment (PIP), including where the award was made by a tribunal? Ed Pybus looks at the rules and some recent caselaw.

  • PIP – an independent review

    Issue 258 (June 2017)

    Ed Pybus considers a review of assessments and decision making in personal independence payment (PIP).

  • Housing costs for 18 to 21 year olds

    Issue 258 (June 2017)

    Gwyneth King considers changes removing entitlement to universal credit (UC) housing costs for some 18–21-year-olds.

  • ESA and UC: components axed

    Issue 257 (April 2017)

    The employment and support allowance (ESA) component for work-related activity and the universal credit (UC) element for limited capability for work have been abolished from 3 April 2017. Simon Osborne describes the rules, including who can still be entitled.

  • Personal independence payment: ‘as you were’

    Issue 257 (April 2017)

    Ros White considers the provisions of recent regulations which reverse the effect of two Upper Tribunal decisions on the personal independence payment (PIP) assessment criteria.

  • Bereavement support payment

    Issue 257 (April 2017)

    Gwyneth King describes a new benefit for bereavement.

  • The two-child limit

    Issue 257 (April 2017)

    From 6 April 2017, a two-child limit applies in child tax credit (CTC) and means-tested benefits. Mark Willis and Simon Osborne describe the rules.

  • Tax credits, appeals and ‘SLANs’

    Issue 256 (February 2017)

    Mark Willis reviews recent caselaw about attempted appeals against tax credit ‘notices’ referred to by HMRC as ‘Statements Like an Award Notice’ or SLANs.