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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  • Benefit cuts: who is hurting?

    Issue 242 (October 2014)

    Paul Treloar, Advice and Rights Manager at CPAG, describes recent research on the impact of benefit cuts.

  • Overpayments and official error

    Issue 242 (October 2014)

    Simon Osborne reviews rules on the relationship between benefit overpayment recovery and official error, with reference to some recent decisions from the Upper Tribunal.

  • Residence rights and wrongs

    Issue 242 (October 2014)

    Henri Krishna reviews recent changes in rules1 about residence and benefits, concentrating on developments not already covered by articles on the 1 January 2014 changes in CPAG's Welfare Rights Bulletin 238 and the Saint Prix decision of the European Court of Justice in CPAG's Welfare Rights Bulletin 241.

    • 1. SI 2014/1451
  • CTR minimum residency rule

    Issue 242 (October 2014)

    In R (Winder and others) v Sandwell MBC,1 the High Court ruled that a local authority could not lawfully adopt a council tax reduction (CTR) scheme that was restricted only to those who had lived in the borough for two years. Michael Spencer discusses the case and its implications for CTR schemes and localised welfare more generally.

    • 1. [2014] EWHC 2617 (Admin)
  • Universal credit: expansion to new areas and to couples

    Issue 241 (August 2014)

    Recent rule changes have made a number of changes to the universal credit (UC) rules. The changes include an expansion of the UC areas in north west England, and the introduction of the possibility of new claims from couples. Simon Osborne explains.

  • Saint Prix and the right to reside for pregnant women

    Issue 241 (August 2014)

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    Mike Spencer looks at a recent European Court of Justice decision with important findings about the right to reside of women who have given up work due to pregnancy.

  • Mandatory reconsideration of HMRC decisions

    Issue 241 (August 2014)

    Mark Willis takes a look at the rules introducing mandatory reconsideration into appeal rights for tax credits, child benefit and guardian’s allowance.

  • Mandatory reconsideration: problems and solutions

    Issue 241 (August 2014)

    Martin Williams looks at some of the problems thrown up by mandatory reconsideration and direct lodgement of appeals (see Bulletin 235: New appeals rules and procedures) and what advisers can do to try to solve them.

  • A welfare reform early warning system

    Issue 240 (June 2014)

    Kirsty McKechnie, welfare rights worker at CPAG in Scotland, describes CPAG in Scotland’s welfare reform monitoring system.

  • Work-related activity for lone parents

    Issue 240 (June 2014)

    Dan Norris describes a rule making new demands on lone parents as a condition of getting income support (IS) or employment and support allowance (ESA).