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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  • CPAG’s Child Poverty Act challenge

    Issue 229 (August 2012)

    CPAG challenged the government’s approach to the Child Poverty Act in the High Court, and achieved a declaration that it had acted unlawfully (R (CPAG) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Secretary of State for Education1). Sarah Clarke explains the history to the case.

    • 1. This article is based on our notes of the judgment that was given on 17 July 2012, which we have summarised. We do not have a transcript as yet, so have not been able to check this article for accuracy. Some of the content may be directly quoted from the judgment, but is not in quote marks, and we may have missed some caselaw references.
  • Sanction busting – appealing Work Programme sanctions

    Issue 229 (August 2012)

    Martin Williams discusses the legal and practical issues involved in challenging decisions which impose a sanction on JSA for failure to participate in the Work Programme.1

  • Does time limiting ESA breach human rights?

    Issue 229 (August 2012)

    Sarah Clarke considers the position.

  • Universal credit – an update

    Issue 229 (August 2012)

    Simon Osborne describes recent developments concerning the introduction, main rules and claims and payments arrangements of universal credit.

  • ESA and time-limiting: a Q&A

    Issue 228 (June 2012)

    Simon Osborne rounds up some of the questions being posed about the detailed working of the time-limiting of contributory employment and support allowance (ESA).

  • Tax credits: the truth is rarely pure and never simple

    Issue 228 (June 2012)

    Mark Willis explains the latest round of changes to tax credits.1

    • 1. Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, 1895
  • Think of the children: right to reside through a child

    Issue 228 (June 2012)

    Martin Williams sets out the situations in which a person may have a right of residence in order to facilitate the right of residence of a child. The article highlights recent changes in the DWP position and forthcoming cases in the ECJ.

  • Disability and discrimination: the Court of Appeal upholds the rights of disabled people

    Issue 228 (June 2012)

    This article is an update on ‘Disability and discrimination: a case for special treatment' in Bulletin 226. That article discussed the arguments put forward in the case of Burnip v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. In this article we consider the Court of Appeal’s decision in Burnip and the joined cases of Trengove and Gorry.

  • B – The end of a long and winding road

    Issue 227 (April 2012)

    In this article, Sarah Clarke looks at the B case and its history, together with the related case of Hinchy v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2005] UKHL 16, which ran alongside it.

  • Great expectations dashed as PIP plans mature

    Issue 227 (April 2012)

    Proposals to replace disability living allowance (DLA) for working age adults with a new personal independence payment (PIP) have emerged relatively unscathed from parliamentary scrutiny of the Welfare Reform Act 2012. Jon Shaw updates on the changes that were made and the current consultations on the proposals.