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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  • 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.

  • 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.