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Claiming ESA

Issue 207 (December 2008)
Martin Williams looks at the rules for claiming ESA.

Right to reside: workers and work-seekers

Issue 206 (October 2008)
Pamela Fitzpatrick looks at some problems experienced by work-seekers and workers with the right-to-reside test.

ESA and students

Issue 206 (October 2008)
Angela Toal describes the main employment and support allowance (ESA) rules for students, pointing out where they are more restrictive than at present.

Celebrating sixty years of the welfare state?

Issue 131 (Autumn 2008)
In the recent celebrations of the sixtieth anniversary of the implementation of the majority of Beveridge’s welfare state reforms, the National Insurance Acts and the National Assistance Act, which together introduced a nationwide system of national insurance and a means-tested safety net, seem to have been forgotten.

Unjust rewards

Issue 131 (Autumn 2008)
After months of persuasion and with great difficulty, Polly Toynbee and David Walker managed to assemble focus groups of some of the country’s highest earners.

Who is fuel poor?

Issue 131 (Autumn 2008)
By June 2008 the domestic fuel commodity price index had increased by 51 per cent from 2005, more than five times the rate of general inflation.

Calculating ESA

Issue 205 (August 2008)
The amount of employment and support allowance (ESA) a claimant is entitled to depends upon a number of factors, including whether the claimant is: single or part of a couple; in receipt of certain benefits; entitled to income-related and/or contributory ESA; and/or still in the initial assessment phase. Edward Graham explains how much ESA a claimant may be entitled to.

Inspecting the inspectors (2008)

Issue 204 (June 2008)
In the latest of an occasional series of articles on the decisions of social fund inspectors, David Simmons considers some recent cases about capital, repeat applications and budgeting loans.

The work capability assessment

Issue 204 (June 2008)
Simon Osborne describes the new test for Employment and Support Allowance of whether someone is too ill to work.