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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  • 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.

  • ‘Baumbast’ residence rights: more questions than answers

    Issue 218 (October 2010)

    Graham Tegg examines unresolved questions relating to residence rights following Ibrahim and Teixiera.

  • Inspecting the inspectors (2010)

    Issue 217 (August 2010)

    In the latest of an occasional series of articles on the decisions of social fund inspectors (see Bulletins 196, 197, 200 and 204), Edward Graham examines some recent cases relating to community care grants.

  • Making the poor pay: the Budget and benefits

    Issue 217 (August 2010)

    Simon Osborne examines the changes to benefits and tax credits announced in the June 2010 Budget.

  • New EU social security co-ordination rules

    Issue 217 (August 2010)

    Pamela Fitzpatrick considers the significance of changes to the European Union (EU) social security co-ordination rules.

  • Dealing with delays

    Issue 217 (August 2010)

    Martin Williams considers the tactics available to advisers to combat delays in the administration of benefits and tax credits.

  • The 'NINO requirement': updated HB/CTB guidance

    Issue 217 (August 2010)

    Sarah Clarke examines recent guidance and case law relating to the national insurance number (NINO) requirement for housing and council tax benefit (HB and CTB).

  • Tax credits update

    Issue 216 (June 2010)

    Mark Willis explains some recent changes to the tax credits rules and looks at possible future reform by the new Government.