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Unfinished business: where next for extended schools?

Issue 155 (Autumn 2016)
Schools which deliver a range of services beyond their core function of classroom education are known as ‘extended schools’, offering anything from childcare outside basic school hours, to sports and arts activities and adult learning sessions.

Still too poor to pay

Issue 155 (Autumn 2016)
While the myriad of social security cuts introduced by the Welfare Reform Act 2012 have rightfully generated extensive reporting, monitoring and analysis, the abolition of council tax benefit has slipped by relatively unnoticed.

The cost of children

Issue 155 (Autumn 2016)
Families with children face a particular set of poverty risks. As children come into their lives, parents have a duty to care for them, something which takes time and which thus reduces the hours available to undertake paid work.

Editorial: Poverty 155

Issue 155 (Autumn 2016)
A lot has happened since the last issue of Poverty hit your desks. A new prime minister, new ministerial teams, and Brexit on the horizon. We have had only some indications of the direction the new government intends to take.

Care leavers and benefits: giving good advice

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This leaflet explains what happens to your tax credit award with the introduction of a new benefit, universal credit.

Night-time needs: DLA and children

Issue 253 (August 2016)
Simon Osborne considers some recent caselaw about the disability living allowance (DLA) tests for attention/ supervision at night, in the context of the needs of disabled children.

Once, twice, three times a sanction

Issue 253 (August 2016)
Ros White considers recent amendments to the sanction rules.

HB and PC: new temporary absence rules

Issue 253 (August 2016)
New rules about temporary absence from Great Britain were introduced from 28 July 2016 for housing benefit (HB) and pension credit (PC). Simon Osborne describes the main points.

Housing benefit and universal credit

Issue 253 (August 2016)
David Simmons examines some of the complexities that can arise from the phased replacement of housing benefit (HB) by universal credit (UC).

Late is better than never

Issue 253 (August 2016)
A three-judge panel of the Upper Tribunal has overturned a previous ruling that tax credits claimants could not make a late appeal against decisions made between 2008 and 2014. Mike Spencer considers the implications of the decision and how claimants whose appeals were wrongly struck out can get their appeals reinstated.