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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.

UK child poverty gaps are still increasing

Poverty 162 (Winter 2019)
The UK child poverty rate has been rising for several years. But it is also important to understand how far families and children are falling below the poverty line. Deeper poverty generally means greater hardship and more profound consequences for children. Jonathan Bradshaw and Antonia Keung analyse the official data using eight different measures, to show that not only is the child poverty rate rising, but the depth of child poverty is too.

UC migration and more

Issue 268 (February 2019)
Simon Osborne describes some important recent changes in universal credit (UC).

Editorial: Poverty 162

Poverty 162 (Winter 2019)
Keeping child poverty on the agenda.