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 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.

  • Local welfare: tips and tactics

    Issue 248 (October 2015)

    Robbie Spence sets outs some general tips and tactics for reading between the lines of council guidance about local welfare assistance schemes, in order to give advisers the best chance of getting help for their clients.

  • Safeguarding guidance: a tool for practitioners

    Issue 248 (October 2015)

    Safeguarding procedures exist within DWP guidance to protect vulnerable claimants if their claim is about to be stopped. Greenwich Welfare Rights Service has found that querying with the DWP when the guidance has not been applied has regularly resulted in benefit being reinstated quickly. Owen Stevens and Corin Hammersley explain current safeguarding guidance for employment and support allowance (ESA) and universal credit (UC).