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Unnoticed? The flaw in ESA conversion decisions

Issue 224 (October 2011)
Martin Williams discusses the problems with letters sent by the DWP to existing claimants of incapacity benefit (IB), severe disablement allowance (SDA) and income support (IS) on grounds of disability informing them that they are to be reassessed for employment and support allowance (ESA).

JSA, housing costs and the 104-week rule

Issue 218 (October 2011)
Henri Krishna examines the 104-week limit on claiming jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) housing costs, which will start to bite in January 2011.

Plugging the gap? DHPs in the light of housing benefit cuts

Issue 224 (October 2011)
Edward Graham takes a look at discretionary housing payments (DHPs) and considers their scope to help claimants meet their rent in the light of the cuts to housing benefit (HB).

The Legal Aid Bill: call for action

Issue 223 (August 2011)
Edward Graham examines the Legal Aid Bill and what action needs to be taken to alert MPs about its potential impact on advice agencies and their clients.

Interim in the interim?

Issue 223 (August 2011)
Martin Williams discusses a pending case which assists claimants struggling to cope because disputes about their entitlement are pending before a tribunal.

Benefits and the Work Programme

Issue 223 (August 2011)
Simon Osborne describes the rules and arrangements that provide for claimants to be referred to the new employment programme, which replaces many of the existing programmes.

Tax credits: making an appeal

Issue 223 (August 2011)
A recent decision of the Upper Tribunal may make it easier for tax credit claimants to actually get an appeal heard by a First-tier Tribunal. Edward Graham explains.

To cap it all…

Issue 222 (June 2011)
David Simmons sets out a critical analysis of the proposal to introduce a ‘benefit cap’ from April 2013.

The right to reside: interim payments pending the outcome of an appeal

Issue 222 (June 2011)
There are two near certainties in a disputed right to reside case. The first is that it will raise complex issues of EU law, domestic immigration law and social security law. The second is that it will take an age for the matter to be resolved. This article, by David Simmons, addresses the issue of whether, pending the ultimate outcome of an appeal, is there any provision or principle of EU law that potentially entitles EU nationals challenging negative decisions to be supported in the meantime.