• Missing potential: why the European funds should be used to support parental employment in London

    June 2013

    London has the highest child poverty rates in the country, and the lowest rates of mothers employment. This briefing argues that the next round of the European Social Fund from 2014 should be used in London to support parents to access paid work.

  • Editorial: low-income families face another bleak year

    Issue 141 (Spring 2013)

    Looking back at how low-income families fared in 2012 is a dispiriting exercise: minimal wage rises, the escalating price of essentials and benefit cuts all conspired to make it a dismal year.  Sadly, 2013 looks set to be no better: this year we will see, among other things, the introduction of the benefit cap which, for the first time since the 1970s, disconnects assistance from assessed need; the localisation of the social fund and of council tax benefit, which will result in many low-income families having to find the funds to pay council tax in the future; and the advent of the tougher regimes of both universal credit and personal independence payment.

  • Poverty, social security and stigma

    Issue 144 (Spring 2013)

    ‘Proud to be poor’ is not a banner under which many want to march.’

    Writing recently about the lack of respect accorded to those living on a low income, Ruth Lister identified the strong and historic link between poverty and stigma. Social security can be seen as a way of helping to reduce the stigma of poverty, providing enough for people to participate in society, without being reduced to charity. But in recent years, there has been a perception of an increasing sense of stigma attached simply to the receipt of benefits. Kate Bell asks whether social security itself has become a source of shame.

  • The impact of the Welfare Benefits Uprating Bill

    Issue 144 (Spring 2013)

    In December 2012, at the tail end of the parliamentary session, the government laid before the House of Commons a new piece of legislation. The Welfare Benefits Uprating Bill 2012 has a clear objective: to legitimate the Chancellor’s decision in his Autumn Statement to uprate key in- and out-of-work benefits by just 1 per cent for the next three fiscal years. Lindsay Judge explores the likely impacts of the Bill on the fortunes of children growing up in low-income families in the UK today, and subjects some of the rhetorical claims surrounding it to further scrutiny.

  • The Double Lockout: How low income families will be locked out of fair living standards

    January 2013

    This report, published on the eve of the second reading of the Welfare Benefits Up-Rating Bill 2012-13, reveals that the government’s welfare benefit uprating legislation is based on bogus claims and is a poverty-producing bill that will further exclude the poorest workers, jobseekers, carers and disabled people from the mainstream of society.

  • Potter v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, joined with Minter v Hull City Council

    Last updated: April 18, 2012
    test case

    On appeal from Kingston upon Hull City Council v DLM (HB) [2010] UKUT 234 (AAC) And Secretary of State for Work and Pensions v JP [2010] UKUT 90 (ACC)  

    These cases are about how equal pay settlements made to local authority part time workers are to be treated for benefit purposes, whether they are to be treated as income or capital, and whether they are to be attributed to past or future periods.

  • Benefit and Tax Credit Rates A4 Chart


    Benefits and tax credits A4 chart

    Price £6.50 (pack of two) post free, or £16 (pack of 10) plus £3.99 p&p.

  • Benefit and Tax Credit Rates Poster


    Benefit and tax credit rates poster

    Price £6.50    

  • Welfare Rights Bulletin


    Welfare Rights Bulletin

    Price £40 (cover price) (Members and CAB Price £34.00) 
    for annual subscription (six issues).  ISSN 0263 2098


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