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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  • Recent WCA caselaw

    Issue 239 (April 2014)

    Simon Osborne reviews some important recent caselaw about the work capability assessment (WCA).

  • What hope has the Court of Appeal left for human rights?

    Issue 239 (April 2014)

    On 21 February 2014 the Court of Appeal dismissed human rights challenges to the benefit cap1 and the bedroom tax.2 Mike Spencer considers the implications for human rights arguments in social security cases.

    • 1. R(SG and others) (previously JS and others) v SSWP [2014] EWCA Civ 156 (21 February 2014).
    • 2. R(MA and others) v SSWP [2014] EWCA Civ 13 (21 February 2014).
  • Low expectations?

    Issue 238 (February 2014)

    Nick Jones takes a look at an advice sector-led proposal to increase investment in advice services in England and Wales.

  • New restrictions for migrants

    Issue 238 (February 2014)

    Rebecca Walker, author of the immigration and residence rules section of CPAG’s Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook, explains the new residence requirements introduced from January 2014.

  • Benefit during an employment and support allowance dispute

    Issue 238 (February 2014)

    David Simmons examines the issues and options which arise in relation to the payment of benefit during a dispute about whether a claimant has limited capability for work.

  • Tax credits revival

    Issue 238 (February 2014)

    Mark Willis considers some recent and forthcoming changes to the administration of tax credits.

  • Sanction busting: part 3

    Issue 237 (December 2013)

    Tessa Gregory from Public Interest Solicitors considers the implications of the Supreme Court judgment in R (Reilly and Wilson) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

  • Walking, wheelchairs and the WCA

    Issue 237 (December 2013)

    Simon Osborne describes a current split in the caselaw on the question of whether someone’s ability to ‘mobilise’ with a manual wheelchair refers only to functional limitations, or to wider personal factors such as the ability to store the chair. The split will hopefully be resolved in a forthcoming decision of a three-judge panel of the Upper Tribunal.

  • Single mothers lose legal challenge to the benefit cap

    Issue 237 (December 2013)

    Three single-parent families lost their judicial review challenge to the regulations implementing the £500 weekly cap on benefits in R(JS and others) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2013] EWHC 3350 (QB). Mike Spencer discusses the ruling and the implications for other families affected by the benefit cap.

  • Challenging the bedroom tax: update

    Issue 237 (December 2013)

    David Simmons provides an update on the 'bedroom tax'.