ESA and WCA – recent and forthcoming changes

Issue 258 (June 2017)

Simon Osborne reviews changes regarding employment and support allowance (ESA) and the work capability assessment (WCA).

PIP – changing an ongoing award

Issue 258 (June 2017)

When can the DWP change an ongoing award of personal independence payment (PIP), including where the award was made by a tribunal? Ed Pybus looks at the rules and some recent caselaw.

PIP – an independent review

Issue 258 (June 2017)

Ed Pybus considers a review of assessments and decision making in personal independence payment (PIP).

Housing costs for 18 to 21 year olds

Issue 258 (June 2017)

Gwyneth King considers changes removing entitlement to universal credit (UC) housing costs for some 18–21-year-olds.

Child tax credit and disability element

Last updated: June 16, 2017

Following a data match with DWP, HMRC discovered that 28 000 families, subsequently revised to 33 000, had not been receiving the disability element of child tax credit. While this might have been going on since 2011, HMRC was only prepared to back date the child element to the April 2016.

CPAG is challenging the refusal to backdate payments further on the basis that the underpayments were caused by official error. The case is currently at the First tier tribunal. A hearing date has not been set.

OUT TODAY - Universal Credit: what you need to know | 4th edition

15 June 2017

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Benefits freeze must end as inflation jumps

13 June 2017

An urgent re-think of the current four-year freeze in benefits is needed to protect struggling families from further damage as inflation jumps to 2.9% - a four-year high. Read more

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BENEFITS FREEZE MUST END AS INFLATION JUMPS

June 13, 2017

An urgent re-think of the current four-year freeze in benefits is needed to protect struggling families from further damage as inflation jumps to 2.9% - a four-year high - Child Poverty Action Group warns.

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