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Tax credit crunch

Issue 209 (April 2009)
Tax credits were designed to be responsive and flexible, supposedly delivering support to reflect families' current needs and resources. Mark Willis looks at how the system responds to the effects of the recession.

Right to reside: the pregnant pause?

Issue 209 (April 2009)
Martin Williams looks at the issues for pregnant EEA nationals caused by the 'right to reside' requirement.

Welfare Reform Bill 2009

Issue 208 (February 2009)
The Government published a Welfare Reform Bill on 14 January 2009. Edward Graham outlines the main proposals in the Bill.

Lone parents: the move from IS to JSA

Issue 208 (February 2009)
The Social Security (Lone Parents and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2008 were laid on 23 November 2008. Its provisions are implemented at varying dates from 24 November 2008 through to 2011, in most cases. Beth Lakhani describes the main changes.

ESA claimants and housing benefit

Issue 208 (February 2009)
Judith Paterson looks at changes to housing benefit (HB) and council tax benefit (CTB) applicable amounts for employment and support allowance (ESA) claimants and considers some better-off issues.

Recession: a major threat to tackling poverty

Issue 132 (Winter 2009)
How will the current downturn in the labour market affect poverty? Adrian Sinfield looks back at previous recessions and asks what can be learnt in order to prevent a similar rise in poverty to that seen in the 1980s.

A decade of debt: lessons for the future

Issue 132 (Winter 2009)
Over the last few months we have seen the gathering clouds of what could proved to be a deep recession.

Social mobility in the UK: what does the evidence tell us?

Issue 132 (Winter 2009)
In November 2008 the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit asserted that recent research demonstrated that government policy was improving social mobility in the UK.

Evidence at the new tribunals

Issue 207 (December 2008)
Simon Osborne looks at the rules for the new First-tier Tribunals (FTT) for social security, and what they mean for presentation and use of evidence.

ESA decisions and appeals

Issue 207 (December 2008)
Simon Osborne outlines the rules regarding decision-making and challenges in employment and support allowance (ESA).