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The importance of income for children and families: an updated review of the evidence

Poverty 159 (Winter 2018)
It is an all too familiar fact that children from low-income households tend to do less well than children whose parents are better off. They have worse health, do less well at school, and are more likely to have behavioural problems.

Implementing universal credit

Issue 159 (Winter 2018)
The implementation of universal credit has been beset with problems. Here, Ros White considers the effect on claimants of the delays to the universal credit roll-out and the government’s failure to fully address the complexities involved.

Interview: Paul Gray

Issue 159 (Winter 2018)
The Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) is an independent, non-partisan, statutory body of experts, set up in 1980 to advise the Secretary of State on secondary legislation and to scrutinise how social security policy will be implemented.

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).