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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  • 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.

  • Scepticism and scrutiny in HMRC appeals

    Issue 261 (December 2017)

    Ros White considers a recent judgment warning to First-tier Tribunals not to take HMRC submissions at face value.

  • Universal credit and disabled students

    Issue 261 (December 2017)

    Angela Toal describes a problem and some possible solutions regarding disabled students attempting to claim universal credit.

  • ESA/UC: appeals and previous medical reports

    Issue 261 (December 2017)

    Simon Osborne reviews recent caselaw and guidance concerning when a tribunal considering an appeal about the work capability assessment should call for the previous medical report.

  • Loans replace benefit for mortgage interest

    Issue 261 (December 2017)

    Henri Krishna describes new rules regarding help with mortgage interest and similar help from next April.

  • Appeal rights and mandatory reconsideration

    Issue 260 (October 2017)

    Ros White considers CPAG’s recent test case success in the Upper Tribunal.

  • ‘Closing’ universal credit claims

    Issue 260 (October 2017)

    Martin Williams looks at the DWP practice of ‘closing’ claims to universal credit (UC).

  • PIP and ‘social support’

    Issue 260 (October 2017)

    Simon Osborne reviews recent caselaw about personal independence payment (PIP) and ‘social support’ when engaging with other people.

  • ‘Two-child limit’: the exceptions

    Issue 260 (October 2017)

    Following the introduction of the ‘two-child limit’ in April 2017 (as described in Bulletin 257), Mark Willis takes a closer look at the exceptions now that government guidance is available.

    NB: The 'interim period' during which transitional protection applies in universal credit to children born before 6 April 2017 has now been extended to 31 January 2019 following November 2018 Budget announcement.