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Fair Shares and Families study

Poverty 160 (summer 2018)
Here, Gill Main describes a new study, looking at how resources are shared in families and how children economise in order to save money, meet their own needs and minimise the stress on their parents.

‘You can’t live on thin air’: the wait for universal support

Poverty 160 (summer 2018)
The impact of the transition to universal credit is only just beginning to be felt. By the end of 2018, all job centres across the UK will be processing claimants in the new system, and by 2022 all existing eligible claimants still on the legacy benefits will have been migrated to the new system – 12 million households.

Editorial: Poverty 160

Poverty 160 (summer 2018)
New poverty figures show that child poverty has risen for the third year in a row, to 4.1 million (after housing costs). And analysis by the University of York shows that families in poverty are now more than £60 a week below the poverty line on average, compared with just over £50 10 years ago.

The impact of welfare reform on housing security

Poverty 160 (summer 2018)
Welfare reforms underway since 2010 will reduce social security spending by £27 billion a year by 2021, and reach into most aspects of financial support for working-age adults and children.

The Social Security Act (Scotland) 2018

Issue 264 (June 2018)
Kirsty McKechnie describes the provisions in the first legislation passed establishing the Scottish social security system.

Universal credit and housing costs

Issue 264 (June 2018)
Martin Williams looks at some common problems with the housing element of universal credit (UC).

Overpayments and tax credits: what now?

Issue 264 (June 2018)
Since tax credits were introduced in 2003, the system has struggled to cope with the problem of overpayments. As we enter the final phase before tax credits are replaced by universal credit (UC), pressures are building up again. Mark Willis explains.

Fair comment?

Issue 264 (June 2018)
Simon Osborne describes recent caselaw setting out concern at some official responses in appeals to the First-tier Tribunal.

ESA arrears: why claimants may lose out

Issue 263 (April 2018)
Simon Osborne describes how it is that around 70,000 people have been underpaid employment and support allowance (ESA) and how the government is refusing to pay some of them full arrears.

PIP and psychological distress

Issue 263 (April 2018)
The DWP is reviewing personal independence payment (PIP) decisions, following a High Court decision that found changes to mobility descriptors in March 2017 unlawfully discriminated against claimants with mental health problems.