Simon Osborne

  • 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.

  • New state pension: a brief guide

    Issue 252 (June 2016)
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    Simon Osborne provides answers to some basic questions about the new state pension. For full details, see Chapter 36 of CPAG’s Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook.

  • Tribunals, telephones and videos

    Issue 252 (June 2016)
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    When should a First-tier Tribunal consider allowing appellants to take part in the hearing of their appeals via a telephone or video link? Simon Osborne reviews the relevant law, and some yet wider considerations.

  • Universal credit: full steam ahead

    Issue 251 (April 2016)
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    Simon Osborne describes the latest plans for the roll out of universal credit (UC) and, in particular, the UC ‘full service’.1

    • 1. This process has already started: see, for example, provisions in SI 2016 No.33 and SI 2016 No.407.
  • Universal credit: recent rule changes

    Issue 249 (Dec 2015)
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    Simon Osborne describes a number of new regulations which make some important changes to the universal credit (UC) rules.