Welfare Rights Bulletin articles

The Welfare Rights Bulletin is CPAG's journal of welfare benefits and tax credits law and practice. It is also an updating service for our Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook.

Published six times a year, it is sent to all CPAG Rights members as part of the membership package. It is also available on annual subscription.

This page contains a selection of articles from the magazine. Other regular features include: Handbook update; legal section with reports of court cases, Upper Tribunal decisions and new regulations; welfare rights news; reader Q&A.

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  • The Social Security (Scotland) Bill

    Issue 259 (August 2017)

    Kirsty McKechnie and Jenny Duncan describe an important step towards primary legislation regarding benefits in Scotland.

  • UC earnings and problems

    Issue 259 (August 2017)

    David Simmons describes some of the issues when a claimant is paid twice during a universal credit (UC) monthly assessment period.

  • From ESA to UC

    Issue 259 (August 2017)

    Simon Osborne looks at the rules regarding claimants ‘migrating’ from employment and support allowance (ESA) to universal credit (UC).

  • Does the cap still fit?

    Issue 259 (August 2017)

    Carla Clarke reviews the latest on legal challenges to the benefit cap.

  • ESA – limited capability to claim?

    Issue 258 (June 2017)

    Employment support allowance (ESA) stops in certain situations, including where the claimant does not have limited capability for work (LCW) or is treated as not having LCW following failure to attend a medical examination without a good reason. Martin Williams takes a closer look.

  • 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.

  • ESA and UC: components axed

    Issue 257 (April 2017)

    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.