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: expansion to new areas and to couples

    Issue 241 (August 2014)

    Recent rule changes have made a number of changes to the universal credit (UC) rules. The changes include an expansion of the UC areas in north west England, and the introduction of the possibility of new claims from couples. Simon Osborne explains.

  • Saint Prix and the right to reside for pregnant women

    Issue 241 (August 2014)

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    Mike Spencer looks at a recent European Court of Justice decision with important findings about the right to reside of women who have given up work due to pregnancy.

  • Mandatory reconsideration of HMRC decisions

    Issue 241 (August 2014)

    Mark Willis takes a look at the rules introducing mandatory reconsideration into appeal rights for tax credits, child benefit and guardian’s allowance.

  • Mandatory reconsideration: problems and solutions

    Issue 241 (August 2014)

    Martin Williams looks at some of the problems thrown up by mandatory reconsideration and direct lodgement of appeals (see Bulletin 235: New appeals rules and procedures) and what advisers can do to try to solve them.

  • A welfare reform early warning system

    Issue 240 (June 2014)

    Kirsty McKechnie, welfare rights worker at CPAG in Scotland, describes CPAG in Scotland’s welfare reform monitoring system.

  • Work-related activity for lone parents

    Issue 240 (June 2014)

    Dan Norris describes a rule making new demands on lone parents as a condition of getting income support (IS) or employment and support allowance (ESA).

  • PIP: process, problems and pragmatism

    Issue 240 (June 2014)

    Jon Shaw takes a look at some of the issues with the rollout of personal independence payment (PIP).

  • Couples, caselaw and same-sex marriage

    Issue 240 (June 2014)

    David Simmons considers the effects of the introduction of same-sex marriage and some recent caselaw on cohabitation.

  • New service for advisers - find details of your client's local welfare assistance scheme

    Issue 239 (April 2014)

    CPAG has launched an innovative new service for advisers and claimants who want to know more about the different local schemes and short-term benefit advances which replaced the discretionary social fund in April 2013. Dan Norris explains what the free service will offer.

  • Tearing up the safety net

    Issue 239 (April 2014)

    The future of localised welfare assistance schemes has been thrown into doubt as it emerged that DWP funding would end in April 2015. Dan Norris explains more, including news of the campaign to save the funding for the schemes.