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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  • Housing benefit and universal credit

    Issue 253 (August 2016)

    David Simmons examines some of the complexities that can arise from the phased replacement of housing benefit (HB) by universal credit (UC).

  • Late is better than never

    Issue 253 (August 2016)

    A three-judge panel of the Upper Tribunal has overturned a previous ruling that tax credits claimants could not make a late appeal against decisions made between 2008 and 2014. Mike Spencer considers the implications of the decision and how claimants whose appeals were wrongly struck out can get their appeals reinstated.

  • Changes in the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016

    Issue 252 (June 2016)

    The Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 received royal assent on 16 March 2016. Mike Spencer summarises the key changes to social security legislation.

  • Tribunals, telephones and videos

    Issue 252 (June 2016)

    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.

  • New state pension: a brief guide

    Issue 252 (June 2016)

    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.

  • Working the work programme: sanctions

    Issue 252 (June 2016)

    Martin Williams considers some implications of recent caselaw about sanctions and the Work Programme.

  • New social security powers in Scotland

    Issue 251 (April 2016)

    Judith Paterson looks at proposals to use new social security powers in Scotland.

  • Tax credits and living together: ‘here we go again’

    Issue 251 (April 2016)

    Ros White considers the ‘extensive catalogue’ of Upper Tribunal decisions highlighting failures by HMRC and the First-tier Tribunal in tax credits ‘living together’ cases

  • Universal credit: full steam ahead

    Issue 251 (April 2016)

    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.
  • European nationals and sickness benefits

    Issue 250 (February 2016)

    Henri Krishna looks at rules which determine which European state is responsible for the payment of certain ‘cash sickness benefits’.