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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.

Concentrix – lessons learned?

Issue 255 (December 2016)
An experiment with the privatisation of decision making in tax credits appears to be in tatters after HMRC ended its contract with Concentrix (the private company contracted to investigate the correctness of tax credit awards) early. But where does this leave advisers with cases opened by Concentrix, and does it mean we should expect any improvement in the quality of administration and decision making? Mark Willis investigates.

Universal credit: alternative payment arrangements

Issue 255 (December 2016)
David Simmons examines the normal and alternative universal credit payment arrangements.

Universal credit full service – early warning

Issue 255 (December 2016)
Kirsty McKechnie describes some early examples of problems with the operation of the ‘full service’ of universal credit, as reported to CPAG in Scotland’s Early Warning System.