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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  • Pregnant students and means-tested benefits

    Issue 194 (October 2006)

    David Simmons examines the barriers to accessing means-tested benefits for full-time students who have to interrupt their studies because of pregnancy.

  • Employment and support allowance – a forthcoming attraction?

    Issue 193 (August 2006)

    The Welfare Reform Bill was published on 4 July 2006. Amongst its foremost provisions are the basic rules concerning the employment and support allowance, which is expected to replace incapacity benefit and income support for incapacity from 2008. Drawing on the Bill and its predecessor, the Green Paper, Simon Osborne describes the main provisions and identifies some of the issues arising.

  • Housing benefit overpayments – who is liable?

    Issue 193 (August 2006)

    Simon Osborne describes the bizarrely complex rules regarding from whom a housing benefit overpayment is recoverable, and when appeals can be made.

  • Thinking is a function of the body

    Issue 193 (August 2006)

    A recent commissioner's decision has accepted that 'thinking' is a bodily function for the purposes of disability living allowance. Stewart Wright considers the decision and the case law which preceded it.

  • Right to reside – new rules

    Issue 192 (June 2006)

    Pamela Fitzpatrick describes new regulations affecting the habitual residence test and in particular the right-to-reside element of the test.

  • MPs' verdict on incapacity benefit reform

    Issue 192 (June 2006)

    David Simmons outlines the findings of the Work and Pensions Select Committee inquiry into the Government's proposed reform of incapacity benefits.

  • Benefit and befuddlement

    Issue 192 (June 2006)

    Edward Graham describes the report of MPs on complexity in social security.

  • Exporting AA, CA and DLA to other EEA member states

    Issue 191 (April 2006)

    Pamela Fitzpatrick describes provisions on exporting certain benefits relating to disability within the EEA.

  • Child benefit and qualifying young persons

    Issue 191 (April 2006)

    Simon Osborne outlines new rules extending benefit entitlement for families that include a young person.

  • New rights of residence for EU nationals

    Issue 190 (February 2006)

    Pamela Fitzpatrick gives an overview of the new EC Residence Directive. A more detailed analysis of this Directive will follow in the next edition of the Welfare Rights Bulletin.