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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  • 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.

  • 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