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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  • Incapacity and 'substantial risk'

    Issue 200 (October 2007)

    Simon Osborne looks at various approaches to applying the ‘substantial risk’ provision that is part of the test for incapacity for work.

  • A guide for appeal representatives

    Issue 200 (October 2007)

    The Tribunals Service has issued a guide for representatives at social security appeal tribunals - Good practice guidance for those who appear before appeal tribunals. It was issued on 3rd August 2007, just over 12 months since the first draft of the guide was issued, and has undergone a substantial re-write following the consultation with representatives from the National Customer Representative Liaison Forum. The published version is a significant improvement on earlier drafts. Edward Graham outlines the main points.

  • Work, work, work: Green Paper on employment and benefits

    Issue 199 (August 2007)

    The Government have published a Green Paper outlining proposals on achieving full employment, including the threat of more benefit sanctions for lone parents and the unemployed. Simon Osborne describes the main points.

  • Work-focused interviews: recent rules and research

    Issue 198 (June 2007)

    Simon Osborne looks at the most recent rules and at what the latest research suggests about their likely effectiveness.

  • The Welfare Reform Act 2007

    Issue 198 (June 2007)

    The Welfare Reform Bill received Royal Assent on 3 May and became the Welfare Reform Act. Edward Graham summarises its main provisions. (This article builds on and should be read in conjunction with articles in Bulletins 193, 194 and 195.) Note: most of the provisions in the Act require further legislation to bring them into effect. In particular, it is currently expected that the employment and support allowance and related provisions will not be in effect before October 2008: see future Bulletins for updates.

  • NINO knowledge

    Issue 198 (June 2007)

    Stewart Wright maps out where the requirement to have a national insurance number impacts on benefits and tax credits, and indicates where some legal challenges may arise.

  • Childcare costs and changes for tax credits

    Issue 198 (June 2007)

    Alison Gillies looks at how to work out childcare charges for working tax credit and how to identify when there has been a relevant change.

  • Lone parents and benefit reform

    Issue 197 (April 2007)

    Edward Graham looks at recent announcements and rumours regarding lone parents and benefit.

  • Benefits and discrimination after 60

    Issue 197 (April 2007)

    Stewart Wright takes a look at recent case law in this area and highlights some areas which remain to be explored.

  • Budget and benefits 2007

    Issue 197 (April 2007)

    Simon Osborne describes the main benefit and tax credit provisions in the 2007 Budget, as set out in the Budget Report.