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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  • 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.

  • Benefits and the Work Programme

    Issue 223 (August 2011)

    Simon Osborne describes the rules and arrangements that provide for claimants to be referred to the new employment programme, which replaces many of the existing programmes.

  • Tax credits: making an appeal

    Issue 223 (August 2011)

    A recent decision of the Upper Tribunal may make it easier for tax credit claimants to actually get an appeal heard by a First-tier Tribunal. Edward Graham explains.

  • 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.

  • The right to reside: interim payments pending the outcome of an appeal

    Issue 222 (June 2011)

    There are two near certainties in a disputed right to reside case. The first is that it will raise complex issues of EU law, domestic immigration law and social security law. The second is that it will take an age for the matter to be resolved. This article, by David Simmons, addresses the issue of whether, pending the ultimate outcome of an appeal, is there any provision or principle of EU law that potentially entitles EU nationals challenging negative decisions to be supported in the meantime.

  • To cap it all…

    Issue 222 (June 2011)

    David Simmons sets out a critical analysis of the proposal to introduce a ‘benefit cap’ from April 2013.

  • 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.