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Domestic abuse is an economic issue – for its victims and for society

06 December 2019
Violence against women is first and foremost a violation of women’s human rights. During these 16 days of activism against VAWG (violence against women and girls), we highlight how economic inequality is facilitating violence perpetrated by men against women. We need to make our economy work for women so women can be safer, and a properly functioning social security system is integral to this.

Widowed Parent's Allowance where there has been a religious ceremony

This case concerns entitlement to Widowed Parent’s Allowance (WPA) where the claimant and the deceased partner had undergone a religious ceremony and considered themselves to be and held themselves out as being legally married. The First tier Tribunal found that the claimant had no entitlement to WPA, and permission to appeal to the Upper Tribunal was refused, first by the FtT and then, on renewal, by the UT itself. Following a successful Cart style judicial review of the decision not to allow permission to appeal, the case was remitted to the UT for a decision on the WPA entitlement. The case was heard in the UT before a three judge panel on 13/02/20, and we are awaiting the judgment.

An offer you can’t refuse?

Issue 273 (December 2019)
Martin Williams considers the DWP practice of making ‘offers’ in personal independence payment (PIP) appeals.

Universal credit childcare costs: up front and after

Issue 273 (December 2019)
Dan Norris reports on developments regarding the way universal credit (UC) supports working parents with childcare costs.

Planes and boats and trains and PIP mobility

Issue 273 (December 2019)
Several recent cases have provided some clarity about how claimants’ use of public transport and private motors cars can affect their award of personal independence payment (PIP). Ed Pybus looks at how this clarity may help claimants apply for PIP and challenge PIP decisions.

Seeking security in an increasingly insecure world

27 November 2019
As part of our Secure Futures for Children and Families project, Ruth Lister, member of the House of Lords and Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at Loughborough University, examines income security in our social security system in this paper.

Two child limit challenge

On 19 November 2019, CPAG was granted permission to appeal to the Supreme Court in this case. This is a challenge to the two child limit, introduced by the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016. The claim was initially issued in the High Court in 2017. The High Court allowed the challenge to the ordering restriction on children in kinship care, but rejected the wider challenge to the policy as a whole. CPAG appealed to the Court of Appeal, but was unsuccessful. It will now be heard in the Supreme Court on 20-22 October 2020.

Putting children's rights at the heart of social security

20 November 2019
Today marks the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The fact that more countries have volunteered to be bound by the Convention than any other international human rights treaty reflects the global endorsement of the status of children as right-holders. The UK signed up to the Convention in December 1991, but to what extent is it meeting its obligations?

SUPREME COURT BACKS TRIBUNAL POWERS IN BEDROOM TAX CASE

13 November 2019
A Supreme Court judgment has today confirmed that tribunals and other public bodies must disapply regulations in situations where applying them would lead to a breach of human rights.

Conditionality Data Gathering

12 November 2019
Information is needed from advice workers about the extent to which claimant commitments are tailored to take account of their clients' circumstances.