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 housing costs

    Issue 264 (June 2018)

    Martin Williams looks at some common problems with the housing element of universal credit (UC).

  • The Social Security Act (Scotland) 2018

    Issue 264 (June 2018)

    Kirsty McKechnie describes the provisions in the first legislation passed establishing the Scottish social security system.

  • ESA arrears: why claimants may lose out

    Issue 263 (April 2018)

    Simon Osborne describes how it is that around 70,000 people have been underpaid employment and support allowance (ESA) and how the government is refusing to pay some of them full arrears.

  • Legal Support Project launched

    Issue 263 (April 2018)

    Eirwen Pierrot of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) describes its Legal Support Project. The project launched in September 2017 and provides funding for legal representatives in England and Wales in claims concerning discrimination in education, housing or social security. In Scotland, the project is able to provide funding for legal representatives acting in Equality Act 2010 claims concerning education, housing and the provision of services.

  • PIP and psychological distress

    Issue 263 (April 2018)

    The DWP is reviewing personal independence payment (PIP) decisions, following a High Court decision that found changes to mobility descriptors in March 2017 unlawfully discriminated against claimants with mental health problems.

  • Two-child limit: one year on

    Issue 263 (April 2018)

    Kirsty McKechnie sets out what CPAG’s Early Warning System has been learning about the first year of the operation of the ‘two-child limit’ in means-tested benefits.

  • ‘Safely’ in personal independence payment

    Issue 262 (February 2018)

    Activities in the personal independence payment (PIP) test must be capable of being carried out ‘safely’. That word is defined in regulations, but has been the subject of an important decision of the Upper Tribunal and, most recently, updated official guidance. Ed Pybus explains.

  • Universal credit: defective claims and withdrawals

    Issue 262 (February 2018)

    Martin Williams looks at when a ‘claim’ for universal credit (UC) might not result in the claimant transferring to UC from current awards of legacy benefits.

  • Appeal rights and tax credits

    Issue 262 (February 2018)

    We now know that in benefits an appeal right still exists even where the DWP refuses to carry out a mandatory reconsideration on grounds of lateness. But what about tax credits and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)? Mark Willis explains.

  • Universal credit changes now and then

    Issue 262 (February 2018)

    The Autumn Budget and associated announcements herald a number of important changes in universal credit (UC), described here by Simon Osborne.