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UC, childcare and controversy

Issue 270 (June 2019)
Dan Norris reports on some strongly worded comment from the Work and Pensions Committee.

Funeral support payments in Scotland

Issue 270 (June 2019)
Alison Gillies describes a planned new Scottish benefit.

Restrictions to benefit: ‘pre-settled status’

Issue 270 (June 2019)
CPAG is looking to challenge the amended right to reside tests for benefit and child tax credit claimants with ‘pre-settled status’. Martin Williams explains.

Mixed-age from May

Issue 270 (June 2019)
Benefit rules for ‘mixed-age’ couples changed in May, as described here by Simon Osborne.

Official errors: officially appealable

Issue 269 (April 2019)
Martin Williams considers what is needed to challenge a decision made in excess of 13 months ago that was wrong because of official error.

The SDP gateway

Issue 269 (April 2019)
Owen Stevens looks at the so-called ‘SDP gateway’ and preventing new claims for universal credit by certain severely disabled claimants.

Brexit, benefits and right to reside

Issue 269 (April 2019)
Rebecca Walker sets out some key points on how Brexit affects who can satisfy the right to reside requirement for benefit entitlement.

CPAG’s new Judicial Review Project

Issue 269 (April 2019)
Jessica Strode discusses how CPAG’s new project can help advisers use judicial review to challenge decisions.

Mitigation of welfare reform in Northern Ireland: on a cliff edge

Poverty 162 (Winter 2019)
The planned implementation of welfare reform brought the Northern Ireland Assembly to the brink of collapse in 2015 due to political concerns about the impact of the major changes on vulnerable people. Following negotiations between the parties and with the government, the ‘fresh start agreement’ was passed. This led to the introduction of a £585 million welfare reform mitigations package designed to lessen the impact of some of the harshest aspects of the new system. The package is due to expire in 2020 and concerns are mounting about a subsequent ‘cliff edge’. Ciara Fitzpatrick, Kate McCauley and Kevin Higgins look at the implications and what should be done.