benefits

  • Scottish benefits


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    Some benefits are already different in Scotland and some are transferring from the UK to Scotland. The Scottish Government sets the rules for these benefits and a new agency called Social Security Scotland has been created to deliver these benefits. There are still many benefits which are UK-wide and which people in Scotland are able to claim.

  • Two child limit challenge

    Last updated: April 16, 2019
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    The substantive challenge to the two child policy was heard by the Court of Appeal on 19 and 20 December 2018.  Judgment was handed down on 16 April 2019. Read the Court of Appeal judgment and our press release.

    On 18 August 2017, CPAG issued a claim for judicial review in the High Court against the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (SSWP) to challenge the two child limit, introduced by the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016. Permission was granted on 17 October 2017 and the case was heard across two days on 6 and 7 February 2018.  Judgment was given on 20 April 2018 allowing the challenge in part.  The Court accepted CPAG's arguments that the ordering restriction on the kinship care exception was perverse and therefore unlawful.  The wider challenge to the policy as a whole was dismissed.  CPAG appealed this aspect of the case to the Court of Appeal. Meanwhile, in November 2018, the DWP/HMRC brought in amending legislation to remove the ordering restriction from both the kinship care and adopted children exceptions. Read the High Court judgment and our statement about the judgment.

  • Benefit basics 2019

    Level: Basic

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    This popular two-day course is aimed at professionals and volunteers who work with people on low incomes. It aims to help you support your clients to maximise their income and know when to refer on for more advice. The course gives a broad overview of the social security system. It has the latest information about benefit changes if you want to stay up to date.

    The course covers:

    • Benefits available to different client groups

    • Structure of the benefit system

    • Basic benefit checks

    • How to claim and who to contact

    • Dealing with problems

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  • Refusal to accept late mandatory reconsideration requests

    Last updated: September 25, 2017
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    Update - 25 September 2017 - on 4 August 2017 a three-judge panel of the Upper Tribunal decided that, where a claimant makes a mandatory reconsideration request at any time within 13 months of the original decision, s/he will, if dissatisfied, subsequently be entitled to appeal to a First-tier Tribunal.

  • Tax credits and appeal rights

    Last updated: September 25, 2017
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    Update - 25 September 2017 - on 14 June 2017 a three-judge panel of the Upper Tribunal decided that -

    'As soon as the Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs have made a decision under section 18 of the Tax Credits Act 2002 for a tax year, any decision made under section 16 for that tax year ceases retrospectively to have any operative effect, any appeal that has been brought against that section 16 decision therefore lapses, the First-tier Tribunal ceases to have jurisdiction in relation to that appeal and that tribunal must strike out the proceedings.' (paragraph 1)

  • Refugee children – Disability Living Allowance – past presence test

    Last updated: May 24, 2017
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    Update 09/09/2016: the DWP has now issued guidance, DMG Memo 20/16 and ADM Memo 21/16, confirming that it will not be appealing against the Upper Tribunal decision and that the past presence test is no longer applicable to claims for disability living allowance, personal independence payment, attendance allowance or carer's allowance.

  • Maximising income through take-up campaigns and the living wage


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    The living wage was discussed by a range of local authorities as one way to improve the incomes of working families. Many authorities have already become living wage employers, but some are also looking at writing it through their procurement procedures, and believed that the Social Value Act 2013 – which places an obligation on public bodies to consider the social value inherent in any procurement – provides them with incredible leverage to do so.

  • Guide to welfare reforms for local authority staff and their partners


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    A (long) plain language guide to welfare reforms for local authority staff and their partners

    A wide reaching programme of welfare reform is underway that will have a significant impact on child poverty levels across local authorities. The scope of the welfare reform programme is broad, and a number of reforms will affect a variety of family types, and for many households, these effects will be cumulative.