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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  • EU Charter of Fundamental Rights: the dog that hasn’t barked...yet

    Issue 225 (December 2011)

    Graham Tegg considers whether a possible new approach to an existing piece of European Union (EU) law may be of assistance to claimants faced with negative right to reside decisions.

  • Escalating conditionality

    Issue 225 (December 2011)

    David Simmons describes the new conditionality regime for benefit claimants provided for in the Welfare Reform Bill 2011.

  • Labour market conditions and jobseeker’s allowance

    Issue 224 (October 2011)

    Beth Lakhani and Edward Graham examine the labour market conditions for jobseeker’s allowance (JSA), when and how the requirement to be actively seeking work and available for work applies and what flexibilities are built into the rules.1

    • 1. For a complete list of all the rules, see p404 of CPAG’s Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook
  • Plugging the gap? DHPs in the light of housing benefit cuts

    Issue 224 (October 2011)

    Edward Graham takes a look at discretionary housing payments (DHPs) and considers their scope to help claimants meet their rent in the light of the cuts to housing benefit (HB).

  • Unnoticed? The flaw in ESA conversion decisions

    Issue 224 (October 2011)

    Martin Williams discusses the problems with letters sent by the DWP to existing claimants of incapacity benefit (IB), severe disablement allowance (SDA) and income support (IS) on grounds of disability informing them that they are to be reassessed for employment and support allowance (ESA).

  • Tribunal rules round-up

    Issue 224 (October 2011)

    Simon Osborne considers some of the recent caselaw concerning tribunals and in particular the application of the Tribunal Rules.

  • JSA, housing costs and the 104-week rule

    Issue 218 (October 2011)

    Henri Krishna examines the 104-week limit on claiming jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) housing costs, which will start to bite in January 2011.

  • The Legal Aid Bill: call for action

    Issue 223 (August 2011)

    Edward Graham examines the Legal Aid Bill and what action needs to be taken to alert MPs about its potential impact on advice agencies and their clients.

  • Interim in the interim?

    Issue 223 (August 2011)

    Martin Williams discusses a pending case which assists claimants struggling to cope because disputes about their entitlement are pending before a tribunal.

  • Right to reside: the aftermath of Patmalniece

    Issue 223 (August 2011)

    Graham Tegg discusses the Patmalniece decision.