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The austerity generation: the impact of cuts to universal credit on family incomes and child poverty

Issue 159 (Winter 2018)
CPAG’s new report, The Austerity Generation, sets out the effect of a decade of cuts to social security on family incomes and child poverty, based on modelling by the Institute for Public Policy Research.

ESA/UC: appeals and previous medical reports

Issue 261 (December 2017)
Simon Osborne reviews recent caselaw and guidance concerning when a tribunal considering an appeal about the work capability assessment should call for the previous medical report.

Loans replace benefit for mortgage interest

Issue 261 (December 2017)
Henri Krishna describes new rules regarding help with mortgage interest and similar help from next April.

Scepticism and scrutiny in HMRC appeals

Issue 261 (December 2017)
Ros White considers a recent judgment warning to First-tier Tribunals not to take HMRC submissions at face value.

Universal credit and disabled students

Issue 261 (December 2017)
Angela Toal describes a problem and some possible solutions regarding disabled students attempting to claim universal credit.

PIP and ‘social support’

Issue 260 (October 2017)
Simon Osborne reviews recent caselaw about personal independence payment (PIP) and ‘social support’ when engaging with other people.

‘Closing’ universal credit claims

Issue 260 (October 2017)
Martin Williams looks at the DWP practice of ‘closing’ claims to universal credit (UC).

Twenty-first century working welfare: the experiences of lone mothers and their children

Poverty 158 (Autumn 2017)
‘A welfare system that recognises work is the best route out of poverty.’ ‘The best route out of poverty is through work.’ Almost 20 years separate these statements from two prime ministers from Labour (Tony Blair in 1997) and Conservative (Theresa May in 2017) governments.

Appeal rights and mandatory reconsideration

Issue 260 (October 2017)
Ros White considers CPAG’s recent test case success in the Upper Tribunal.

Editorial: Poverty 158

Poverty 158 (Autumn 2017)
As this editorial is being written, Theresa May has just given her closing speech to the Conservative Party conference. Pressure has been building on the government to dial back austerity, improve the affordability of housing, do more to create financial security for young people, and fix its flagship welfare reform programme.