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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  • Work capability assessment: is it working?

    Issue 216 (June 2010)

    Alison Gillies describes the main findings and recommendations of the recent Citizens Advice report on the WCA, and looks at the DWP proposals for reform.

  • Permanent right to reside: Lassal

    Issue 216 (June 2010)

    Sarah Clarke gives details of some more positive caselaw from the European Court of Justice.

  • Home sweet home

    Issue 215 (April 2010)

    David Simmons examines a recent First-tier Tribunal decision which looked at the issue of housing benefit (HB) entitlement for a long stay hospital patient who only returned to his normal home for occasional visits.

  • Refugees and benefits

    Issue 215 (April 2010)

    Mark Willis examines the rights of refugees to claim benefits and the problems that can arise.

  • Fit up?

    Issue 215 (April 2010)

    Martin Williams examines the new 'fit note' and considers whether or not it will really change anything for benefit claimants.

  • Welfare Reform Act 2009 – a quick guide

    Issue 215 (April 2010)

    Simon Osborne outlines the main provisions of the Act and indicates likely implementation dates, where known.

  • ‘Baumbasted’! The right to reside test for claimants with children in education

    Issue 215 (April 2010)

    Graham Tegg examines the implications of two recent judgments from the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

  • 2010 Budget highlights

    Issue 215 (April 2010)

    David Simmons summarises the main changes relating to welfare benefits and tax credits announced in the 2010 budget.1These are in addition to the changes already announced in the Pre-Budget Report.

  • Pre-Budget Report 2009

    Issue 214 (February 2010)

    David Simmons highlights the most significant announcements relating to welfare benefits and tax credits.

  • State pension reform from April 2010

    Issue 214 (February 2010)

    David Simmons summarises the principal and consequential changes.