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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  • HB deductions for under-occupying social housing

    Issue 232 (February 2013)

    David Simmons examines new rules which restrict the housing benefit (HB) entitlement of social housing tenants with excess bedrooms.

    Note: this article was edited on 21/03/2013 to correct an error- see note at end of article.

  • Claimants lose on penalties

    Issue 231 (December 2012)

    Alison Gilles explains the rules concerning the new civil penalties than can be applied to some benefit overpayments.

  • Sanction busting – part 2

    Issue 231 (December 2012)

    Martin Williams highlights the practical steps that can now be taken to assist claimants who were sanctioned to file (late) appeals and the sheer volume of unlawful sanction decisions which it appears have been made.

  • Payments for supported accommodation under universal credit

    Issue 231 (December 2012)

    David Simmons considers how payments for supported accommodation will be met after the introduction of universal credit, in the light of recent government announcements.

  • Welfare reform – early impacts

    Issue 231 (December 2012)

    Kate Bell looks gives an overview of what early research has uncovered about the future impact of welfare reform.

  • Taking candy from a baby

    Issue 231 (December 2012)

    Mark Willis explains how the rules designed to restrict child benefit for ‘high earners’ are meant to work.

  • Regime change: sanctions and the law on claimants

    Issue 230 (October 2012)

    Edward Graham explains the main features of the new rules that come into force on 22 October 2012 changing the sanctions regime for jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) claimants.

  • Whither the WCA?

    Issue 230 (October 2012)

    Simon Osborne considers prospects for reform and other change to the work capability assessment.

  • Universal credit: monthly awards

    Issue 230 (October 2012)

    David Simmons examines the proposal to make universal credit a monthly benefit.

  • Delivering the social fund at a local level

    Issue 229 (August 2012)

    CPAG published a new report at the end of June,1looking at the opportunities and risks around the localisation of the social fund in London. Kate Bell, London campaign co-ordinator at CPAG, explains how some local authorities are planning for the abolition of the discretionary social fund next year, and what ideas are forming as to what should take its place.