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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  • Welfare Reform Bill 2009

    Issue 208 (February 2009)

    The Government published a Welfare Reform Bill on 14 January 2009. The Bill follows the Green Paper 'No one written off: reforming welfare to reward responsibility' published in July 2008 and a White Paper 'Raising expectations and increasing support: reforming welfare for the future' published in December 2008.  

  • Lone parents: the move from IS to JSA

    Issue 208 (February 2009)

    The Social Security (Lone Parents and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2008 were laid on 23 November 2008. Its provisions are implemented at varying dates from 24 November 2008 through to 2011, in most cases. Beth Lakhani describes the main changes.

  • ESA claimants and housing benefit

    Issue 208 (February 2009)

    Judith Paterson looks at changes to housing benefit (HB) and council tax benefit (CTB) applicable amounts for employment and support allowance (ESA) claimants and considers some better-off issues.

  • Evidence at the new tribunals

    Issue 207 (December 2008)

    Simon Osborne looks at the rules for the new First-tier Tribunals (FTT) for social security, and what they mean for presentation and use of evidence.

  • ESA decisions and appeals

    Issue 207 (December 2008)

    Simon Osborne outlines the rules regarding decision-making and challenges in employment and support allowance (ESA).

  • Claiming ESA

    Issue 207 (December 2008)

    Martin Williams looks at the rules for claiming ESA.

  • Right to reside: workers and work-seekers

    Issue 206 (October 2008)

    Pamela Fitzpatrick looks at some problems experienced by work-seekers and workers with the right-to-reside test.

  • ESA and students

    Issue 206 (October 2008)

    Angela Toal describes the main employment and support allowance (ESA) rules for students, pointing out where they are more restrictive than at present.

  • Calculating ESA

    Issue 205 (August 2008)

    The amount of employment and support allowance (ESA) a claimant is entitled to depends upon a number of factors, including whether the claimant is: single or part of a couple; in receipt of certain benefits; entitled to income-related and/or contributory ESA; and/or still in the initial assessment phase. Edward Graham explains how much ESA a claimant may be entitled to.

  • Inspecting the inspectors (2008)

    Issue 204 (June 2008)

    In the latest of an occasional series of articles on the decisions of social fund inspectors, David Simmons considers some recent cases about capital, repeat applications and budgeting loans.