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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  • 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.

  • 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.