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: budgeting support

    Issue 234 (June 2013)

    David Simmons examines DWP guidance on the provision of budgeting support for universal credit claimants.

  • Pipped at the post

    Issue 234 (June 2013)

    Jon Shaw highlights some issues with personal independence payment, which was rolled out nationally on 10 June 2013.

  • Better late than never?

    Issue 234 (June 2013)

    PLEASE NOTE: this article argues that JI v HMRC is not binding. That position is incorrect. However the other reasons given in the article as to why JI is wrongly decided may still be used. Please see also the further article (Feb 2015)

    A recent decision of the Upper Tribunal has decided there is no possibility of making a late appeal in tax credits cases. Martin Williams considers the case.

  • Making an exception

    Issue 233 (April 2013)

    Martin Williams takes a look at preparing appeals in cases involving the work capability assessment where the argument concerns the risk of substantial harm to the claimant or another person in the event they are not found to have limited capability for work (or work-related activity).

  • 'Bedroom tax' - exemptions and legal challenges

    Issue 233 (April 2013)

    In Bulletin 232, we examined the rules restricting the housing benefit (HB) entitlement of social sector tenants who are deemed to have excess bedrooms. Since then two new exemptions have been announced, the government has dropped its appeal against a CPAG test case in the Supreme Court and a number of judicial review challenges have been launched. Mike Spencer explores these developments.

  • What is replacing the social fund?

    Issue 233 (April 2013)

    David Simmons looks at alternative provision following the abolition of the discretionary social fund (SF) from 1 April 2013.

  • Welfare reform in 2013

    Issue 233 (April 2013)

    2013 is a landmark year in welfare reform. Simon Osborne outlines the main changes.

  • Court of Appeal strikes down Work Programme Regulations

    March 2013

    The Court of Appeal has ruled that the Regulations under which some of the Government’s “Back to Work” schemes have been created are unlawful and must be quashed. See previous CPAG articles on Sanction Busting and Sanction Busting part 2.

  • ESA and sanctions – more hard times ahead

    Issue 232 (February 2013)

    New rules came into effect on 3 December 2012 for employment and support allowance (ESA) claimants who fall foul of the requirement on them to take part in work-related activity or a work-focused interviews. Edward Graham outlines the main features of the new sanctions regime.

  • WCA changes again

    Issue 232 (February 2013)

    New rules taking effect from 28 January 2013 make further changes to the work capability assessment (WCA). Simon Osborne describes what has happened.