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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  • 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’.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Right to reside: pending court cases

    Issue 219 (December 2010)

    Martin Williams considers ‘right to reside’ cases currently pending before the courts and how to advise claimants.

  • 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.

  • Interesting change: another cut in help with housing costs

    Issue 218 (October 2010)

    David Simmons explains changes to the formula for calculating the standard interest rate used to determine help with housing costs.

  • Appealing for ESA arrears

    Issue 218 (October 2010)

    CPAG examines what claimants should do if they believe they have not been paid all the arrears they are due following a successful employment and support allowance (ESA) appeal.

  • Twenty-first century welfare

    Issue 218 (October 2010)

    David Simmons examines the Government’s consultation paper on reforming the current system of benefits and tax credits.