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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  • Struck out?

    Issue 226 (February 2012)

    Martin Williams reviews the rules which allow a tribunal to strike out an appeal and the correct procedure for doing so.

  • Never the twain shall meet? ESA medical reports and DLA decision making

    Issue 226 (February 2012)

    David Simmons considers the legalities of the DWP and tribunals relying on ESA85 medical reports when making DLA decisions.

  • Housing benefit challenge rejected

    Issue 225 (December 2011)

    Sarah Clarke explains the options for claimants who are affected by the April 2011 changes to the housing benefit (HB) scheme it the light of the Court’s decision in CPAG v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2011] EWHC 2616 (Admin).

  • EU co-ordination of social security

    Issue 225 (December 2011)

    Sarah Clarke provides an update on some European Union co-ordination issues.

    This article is about what happens when European nationals, including UK nationals, and their family members move from one country to another within the European Union (EU), and explains more about when they can take their benefits with them.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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