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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  • Waiting days for JSA and ESA

    Issue 243 (December 2014)

    New regulations, which came into force on 27 October, extend from three to seven the number of waiting days at the start of a claim for jobseekers allowance (JSA) or employment support allowance (ESA), during which the claimant has no entitlement.1 Dan Norris explains.

    • 1. Social Security (Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance) (Waiting Days) Amendment Regulations 2014 SI No.3096; Social Security (Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance) (Waiting Days) Amendment Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014 (SR No.235/2014)
  • Repeat WCAs following appeal: new guidance

    Issue 243 (December 2014)

    The DWP has issued new guidance (Memo DMG 27/14) about repeat referrals for the work capability assessment (WCA), where the claimant has been successful in an appeal. As before, when a repeat WCA is to be applied is not a matter of law, and so is not in itself a potential subject of appeal to the First-tier Tribunal. However, the guidance, described here by Simon Osborne, provides some very useful pointers in advising claimants as to what they can expect.

  • Right to reside: when 3 equals 6

    Issue 243 (December 2014)

    Henri Krishna describes further reductions in rights to reside for jobseekers.

  • Local welfare assistance: latest news

    Issue 243 (December 2014)

    As the deadline for the government to make a final decision on the future funding of local welfare assistance schemes (LWAS) nears, there have been a number of significant developments in recent weeks. Dan Norris explains.

  • Is universal credit working?

    Issue 243 (December 2014)

    Paul Treloar describes an official report on the impact of universal credit (UC).

  • Universal credit: get ready

    Issue 243 (December 2014)

    With universal credit (UC) due to begin a significant nationwide expansion from February 2015, advisers should be ready for the main rules determining access to the UC system, and the main problems and challenges likely to arise for claimants. Simon Osborne and David Simmons explain.

  • Benefit cuts: who is hurting?

    Issue 242 (October 2014)

    Paul Treloar, Advice and Rights Manager at CPAG, describes recent research on the impact of benefit cuts.

  • Overpayments and official error

    Issue 242 (October 2014)

    Simon Osborne reviews rules on the relationship between benefit overpayment recovery and official error, with reference to some recent decisions from the Upper Tribunal.

  • Residence rights and wrongs

    Issue 242 (October 2014)

    Henri Krishna reviews recent changes in rules1 about residence and benefits, concentrating on developments not already covered by articles on the 1 January 2014 changes in CPAG's Welfare Rights Bulletin 238 and the Saint Prix decision of the European Court of Justice in CPAG's Welfare Rights Bulletin 241.

    • 1. SI 2014/1451
  • CTR minimum residency rule

    Issue 242 (October 2014)

    In R (Winder and others) v Sandwell MBC,1 the High Court ruled that a local authority could not lawfully adopt a council tax reduction (CTR) scheme that was restricted only to those who had lived in the borough for two years. Michael Spencer discusses the case and its implications for CTR schemes and localised welfare more generally.

    • 1. [2014] EWHC 2617 (Admin)