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 challenge to the housing benefit changes

    Issue 221 (April 2011)

    Changes to Housing Benefit first announced in the June 2010 budget come into force in April 2011. This article outlines what those changes are, and how and why CPAG is challenging them.

  • Incapacity to ESA: transfer and reassessment

    Issue 221 (April 2011)

    Simon Osborne reviews the rules under which most existing claims of benefit on the basis of incapacity for work are being transferred to claims for employment and support allowance (ESA), with entitlement reassessed.

  • Tax credits: win some, lose some more

    Issue 221 (April 2011)

    Mark Willis looks at the impact of the new rules affecting tax credits which came into force on 6 April 2011.

  • Right to reside and self-employment: a review

    Issue 220 (February 2011)

    Martin Williams looks at some of the issues for claimants arguing a right of residence sufficient to claim means-tested benefits based on self-employment.

  • Lone parents and access to means-tested benefits

    Issue 220 (February 2011)

    Beth Lakhani examines the current state of play for lone parents claiming means-tested benefits and suggests some solutions.

  • Legal aid - reform or termination?

    Issue 220 (February 2011)
    Sarah Clarke outlines the Government's proposals for reform of legal aid in England and Wales and the likely impact on advice provision.
  • Supreme Court victory: overpayment recovery

    Issue 220 (February 2011)

    Sarah Clarke reports on the decision of the Supreme Court on the recovery of benefit overpayments via the ‘common law’.

  • Contribution conditions for ESA and JSA

    Issue 219 (December 2010)

    Judith Paterson describes the new, stricter national insurance contribution conditions for employment and support allowance (ESA) and jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) from November 2010.

  • Spending Review – more cuts

    Issue 219 (December 2010)

    Angela Toal examines the changes to welfare benefits and tax credits announced in the Government’s Spending Review in October 2010.

  • Universal credit: universal panacea?

    Issue 219 (December 2010)

    David Simmons takes a look at the Government’s intention to replace the main means-tested benefits for working-age claimants with a universal credit.