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ESA and UC: components axed

Issue 257 (April 2017)
The employment and support allowance (ESA) component for work-related activity and the universal credit (UC) element for limited capability for work have been abolished from 3 April 2017. Simon Osborne describes the rules, including who can still be entitled.

The two-child limit

Issue 257 (April 2017)
From 6 April 2017, a two-child limit applies in child tax credit (CTC) and means-tested benefits. Mark Willis and Simon Osborne describe the rules.

Developing effective policy to improve job quality

Issue 156 (Winter 2017)
Job quality is back on the UK policy agenda. Indeed, it is back on the policy agenda of many countries’ governments, as well as international governmental bodies.

Not by pay alone

Issue 156 (Winter 2017)
The idea that child poverty in the UK can only be effectively addressed by a combination of better pay and better state support is not a new one. Here, Donald Hirsch revisits it.

Britain works

Issue 156 (Winter 2017)
Child Poverty Action Group and Working Families have launched a new project, ‘Britain works’, looking at in-work poverty and how work can be improved for families living on a low income.

Editorial: Poverty 156

Issue 156 (Winter 2017)
In this issue we focus on the world of work. Unemployment is low in the UK, but in-work poverty is at record levels. Debates about the nature and future of work are increasing. What can be done to tackle in-work poverty and the growth in temporary, low-hours and insecure forms of work?

Tax credits, appeals and ‘SLANs’

Issue 256 (February 2017)
Mark Willis reviews recent caselaw about attempted appeals against tax credit ‘notices’ referred to by HMRC as ‘Statements Like an Award Notice’ or SLANs.

Tax credits: child disability element fiasco

Issue 256 (February 2017)
Martin Williams discusses securing child disability elements for the 28,000 families who lost out due to the failure of the DWP to notify HMRC about awards of disability living allowance (DLA).

Universal credit: problems and solutions

Issue 256 (February 2017)
The roll out of the live and now full universal credit (UC) services has highlighted a number of problems. In some cases, these are caused primarily by interpretation of legislation and, in others, by DWP policies and systems. Henri Krishna summarises some of the main problems CPAG has encountered and shares solutions where we have them.

The bedroom tax limps on

Issue 256 (February 2017)
Carla Clarke reviews the recent Supreme Court decision in Rutherford and others, and where this leaves the bedroom tax and potential challenges.