Simon Osborne

  • Fair comment?

    Issue 264 (June 2018)
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    Simon Osborne describes recent caselaw setting out concern at some official responses in appeals to the First-tier Tribunal.

  • ESA arrears: why claimants may lose out

    Issue 263 (April 2018)
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    Simon Osborne describes how it is that around 70,000 people have been underpaid employment and support allowance (ESA) and how the government is refusing to pay some of them full arrears.

  • Universal credit changes now and then

    Issue 262 (February 2018)
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    The Autumn Budget and associated announcements herald a number of important changes in universal credit (UC), described here by Simon Osborne.

  • ESA/UC: appeals and previous medical reports

    Issue 261 (December 2017)
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    Simon Osborne reviews recent caselaw and guidance concerning when a tribunal considering an appeal about the work capability assessment should call for the previous medical report.

  • PIP and ‘social support’

    Issue 260 (October 2017)
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    Simon Osborne reviews recent caselaw about personal independence payment (PIP) and ‘social support’ when engaging with other people.

  • ESA and UC: components axed

    Issue 257 (April 2017)
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    The employment and support allowance (ESA) component for work-related activity and the universal credit (UC) element for limited capability for work have been abolished from 3 April 2017. Simon Osborne describes the rules, including who can still be entitled.

  • The two-child limit

    Issue 257 (April 2017)
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    From 6 April 2017, a two-child limit applies in child tax credit (CTC) and means-tested benefits. Mark Willis and Simon Osborne describe the rules.

  • Universal credit and ‘natural migration’

    Issue 254 (October 2016)
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    Simon Osborne looks at the circumstances in which a claimant with current entitlement to a ‘legacy’ benefit can end up on universal credit (UC) following a change in circumstances.

  • HB and PC: new temporary absence rules

    Issue 253 (August 2016)
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    New rules about temporary absence from Great Britain were introduced from 28 July 2016 for housing benefit (HB) and pension credit (PC). Simon Osborne describes the main points.

  • Night-time needs: DLA and children

    Issue 253 (August 2016)
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    Simon Osborne considers some recent caselaw about the disability living allowance (DLA) tests for attention/ supervision at night, in the context of the needs of disabled children.