David Simmons

  • Universal credit: alternative payment arrangements

    Issue 255 (December 2016)
    article

    David Simmons examines the normal and alternative universal credit payment arrangements.

  • Housing benefit and universal credit

    Issue 253 (August 2016)
    article

    David Simmons examines some of the complexities that can arise from the phased replacement of housing benefit (HB) by universal credit (UC).

  • JSA and ‘actively seeking work’ sanctions

    Issue 246 (June 2015)
    article

    David Simmons examines the issue of jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) sanctions for alleged failures to ‘actively seek employment’.

  • Universal credit: get ready

    Issue 243 (December 2014)
    article

    With universal credit (UC) due to begin a significant nationwide expansion from February 2015, advisers should be ready for the main rules determining access to the UC system, and the main problems and challenges likely to arise for claimants. Simon Osborne and David Simmons explain.

  • Couples, caselaw and same-sex marriage

    Issue 240 (June 2014)
    article

    David Simmons considers the effects of the introduction of same-sex marriage and some recent caselaw on cohabitation.

  • Benefit during an employment and support allowance dispute

    Issue 238 (February 2014)
    article

    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.

  • Deciding appeals in the absence of claimants

    Issue 236 (October 2013)
    article

    David Simmons looks at the rules and recent caselaw relating to the determination of appeals in the absence of claimants.

  • Universal credit: budgeting support

    Issue 234 (June 2013)
    article

    David Simmons examines DWP guidance on the provision of budgeting support for universal credit claimants.

  • What is replacing the social fund?

    Issue 233 (April 2013)
    article

    David Simmons looks at alternative provision following the abolition of the discretionary social fund (SF) from 1 April 2013.

  • HB deductions for under-occupying social housing

    Issue 232 (February 2013)
    article

    David Simmons examines new rules which restrict the housing benefit (HB) entitlement of social housing tenants with excess bedrooms.

    Note: this article was edited on 21/03/2013 to correct an error- see note at end of article.