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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.

Legal Support Project launched

Issue 263 (April 2018)
Eirwen Pierrot of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) describes its Legal Support Project. The project launched in September 2017 and provides funding for legal representatives in England and Wales in claims concerning discrimination in education, housing or social security. In Scotland, the project is able to provide funding for legal representatives acting in Equality Act 2010 claims concerning education, housing and the provision of services.

Two-child limit: one year on

Issue 263 (April 2018)
Kirsty McKechnie sets out what CPAG’s Early Warning System has been learning about the first year of the operation of the ‘two-child limit’ in means-tested benefits.

Universal credit changes now and then

Issue 262 (February 2018)
The Autumn Budget and associated announcements herald a number of important changes in universal credit (UC), described here by Simon Osborne.

Universal credit: defective claims and withdrawals

Issue 262 (February 2018)
Martin Williams looks at when a ‘claim’ for universal credit (UC) might not result in the claimant transferring to UC from current awards of legacy benefits.

Appeal rights and tax credits

Issue 262 (February 2018)
We now know that in benefits an appeal right still exists even where the DWP refuses to carry out a mandatory reconsideration on grounds of lateness. But what about tax credits and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)? Mark Willis explains.

‘Safely’ in personal independence payment

Issue 262 (February 2018)
Activities in the personal independence payment (PIP) test must be capable of being carried out ‘safely’. That word is defined in regulations, but has been the subject of an important decision of the Upper Tribunal and, most recently, updated official guidance. Ed Pybus explains.

Editorial: Poverty 159

Issue 159 (Winter 2018)
The appointment of the new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Esther McVey, has caused a stir, especially coming shortly after her predecessor had shown some willingness to address universal credit design problems.