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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  • Benefits and discrimination after 60

    Issue 197 (April 2007)

    Stewart Wright takes a look at recent case law in this area and highlights some areas which remain to be explored.

  • Budget and benefits 2007

    Issue 197 (April 2007)

    Simon Osborne describes the main benefit and tax credit provisions in the 2007 Budget, as set out in the Budget Report.

  • Benefit rights for Bulgarian and Romanian nationals

    Issue 196 (February 2007)

    Pamela Fitzpatrick gives a brief overview of the changes to benefit rules brought about by the Accession of Bulgaria and Romania to the EU.

  • Overpayments and recovery at common law

    Issue 196 (February 2007)

    It may have been thought that, with his success in the case of B, the Secretary of State would have been content with the overpayment recovery powers in section 71 of the Social Security Administration Act 1992. However, recent correspondence between the DWP and CPAG reveals that the DWP thinks it also has powers of recovery under the common law. Stewart Wright explains the correspondence, suggests why the DWP may be wrong and how the issue may be tested in court.

  • Reporting changes – failures and overpayments

    Issue 196 (February 2007)

    Simon Osborne looks at the law on reporting changes of circumstance, in the light of recent case law and the ongoing centralisation of offices at Jobcentre Plus.

  • Mentally ill or mentally well?

    Issue 195 (December 2006)

    Judith Hodson, of Rochdale Council Advice Service, provides a summary of social security commissioners' decisions regarding mental health and incapacity.

  • The times they are a-changin' – tax credits and changes of circumstances

    Issue 195 (December 2006)

    Beth Lakhani describes new rules on reporting changes of circumstances for tax credits.

  • Encouraging thoughts

    Issue 195 (December 2006)

    Stewart Wright reports on the recent Tribunal of Commissioners' decision - CSDLA/133/2005 - which considered whether thinking is a bodily function and whether prompting and motivating can count as attention for AA and DLA purposes.

  • Arguing shared-care cases after Stec

    Issue 194 (October 2006)

    At first blush, it may seem that the ECtHR's decision in Stec has opened up a simple route for successfully applying Hockenjos to all shared cases. Stewart Wright suggests that this is not the case and that such arguments remain difficult.

  • Work and Families Act 2006: maternity, paternity and adoption benefit changes

    Issue 194 (October 2006)

    As part of the Government's 10-year strategy for childcare,1 it consulted on measures intended to 'give parents more choice about how to balance their work and family responsibilities'.2 The Work and Families Act 2006 implements some of the measures set out in the Government's response to this consultation. The Act, together with a group of related statutory instruments,3 contains amendments to legislation relating to maternity, paternity and adoption benefits. Susan Mitchell outlines the main changes.

    • 1. Choice for parents, the best start for children: a ten year strategy for children, HMT, 2004
    • 2. Work and Families: Choice and Flexibility A consultation document, February 2005
    • 3. Maternity and Parental Leave etc. and the Paternity and Adoption Leave (Amendment) Regulations 2006 (2006 No. 2014); Statutory Paternity Pay and Statutory Adoption Pay (General) and the Statutory Paternity Pay and Statutory Adoption Pay (Weekly Rates) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 (2006 No. 2236); Statutory Maternity Pay, Social Security (Maternity Allowance) and Social Security (Overlapping Benefits) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 (2006 No. 2379)