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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  • Single mothers lose legal challenge to the benefit cap

    Issue 237 (December 2013)

    Three single-parent families lost their judicial review challenge to the regulations implementing the £500 weekly cap on benefits in R(JS and others) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2013] EWHC 3350 (QB). Mike Spencer discusses the ruling and the implications for other families affected by the benefit cap.

  • Challenging the bedroom tax: update

    Issue 237 (December 2013)

    David Simmons provides an update on the 'bedroom tax'.

  • Right to reside: Breytastic!

    Issue 236 (October 2013)

    Martin Williams discusses the implications of the recent judgment of the European Court of Justice in Brey, and whether it can be of assistance to European Union (EU) nationals who would otherwise fail to establish a right to reside in the UK.

  • Deciding appeals in the absence of claimants

    Issue 236 (October 2013)

    David Simmons looks at the rules and recent caselaw relating to the determination of appeals in the absence of claimants.

  • From bedroom to courtroom: challenging the ‘bedroom tax’

    Issue 236 (October 2013)

    There have been several recent challenges to the much criticised bedroom tax/removal of the spare room subsidy. CPAG’s Legal Officer Mike Spencer gives an update and advice on how affected tenants can appeal.

  • The accession of Croatia

    Issue 235 (August 2013)

    On 1 July 2013 Croatia became the newest member of the European Union (EU). Henri Krishna outlines the changes.

  • Tax credits: undisclosed partner interventions

    Issue 235 (August 2013)

    Jennie Hammond, tax and benefits adviser at Advice NI, provides an update on HMRC investigations on the legitimacy of single tax credit claims, often based on data supplied by credit reference agencies.

  • New appeals rules and procedures

    Issue 235 (August 2013)

    New rules about appeal rights and making appeals against benefit decisions are due for widespread implementation from 28 October. Simon Osborne describes what is happening.

  • How to expedite a social security appeal

    Issue 235 (August 2013)

    Tom Royston from Garden Court North Chambers provides some ideas on how to cope with delays in getting appeals listed before a Tribunal.

  • Child benefit: the wrong residence test?

    Issue 234 (June 2013)

    A Northern Ireland Social Security Commissioner has held that the right-to-reside test cannot lawfully be applied in child benefit cases. The successful claimant was represented by Patricia Carty of the Law Centre Northern Ireland. Martin Williams discusses the case.