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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  • 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’.

  • Universal credit advances

    Issue 250 (February 2016)

    Robbie Spence considers rules and practices that apply to payments in advance of universal credit (UC).

  • DHPs – principle and practice

    Issue 250 (February 2016)

    Gwyneth King considers the role of discretionary housing payments (DHPs) in mitigating some of the effects of cuts contained in welfare reform measures.

  • The Welfare Reform and Work Bill and human rights

    Issue 250 (February 2016)

    The Welfare Reform and Work Bill, if passed into law, will have a significant impact on claimants (for an overview, see Bulletin 247). Mike Spencer and Sophie Earnshaw consider whether its more controversial measures would comply with human rights law.

  • Sanctions: the government responds

    Issue 249 (Dec 2015)

    The government’s response to a Work and Pensions Select Committee report on benefit sanctions1 was issued on 22 October 2015.2 Paul Treloar explores the government’s appetite, or not, for taking up the recommendations made.

  • Universal credit: recent rule changes

    Issue 249 (Dec 2015)

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

  • Universal credit: early warnings

    Issue 249 (Dec 2015)

    Kirsty McKechnie reports on what is emerging about the experience of universal credit through CPAG in Scotland’s Early Warning System.

  • PIP at the Upper Tribunal

    Issue 249 (Dec 2015)

    Jon Shaw looks at some of the more important personal independence payment (PIP) caselaw from the Upper Tribunal.

  • PIP marches on

    Issue 248 (October 2015)

    The DWP has announced the start of the next stage in the process of the transfer of current disability living allowance (DLA) claims to claims for personal independence allowance (PIP). Simon Osborne outlines the plans.