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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.

The growth of emergency food provision to children

Poverty 158 (Autumn 2017)
In 2016/17, Trussell Trust food banks provided 436,938 food parcels to children. The increasing use of food projects by children, together with evidence on the rising levels of food insecurity, has drawn attention to the level of hunger experienced by families with children across the UK.

It’s poverty, not worklessness

Issue 158 (Autumn 2017)
For the last 20 years there has been a mantra among the UK political classes that work is the best solution to poverty. It was the background to the welfare-to-work New Deal programmes in the 2000s.

‘Two-child limit’: the exceptions

Issue 260 (October 2017)
Following the introduction of the ‘two-child limit’ in April 2017 (as described in Bulletin 257), Mark Willis takes a closer look at the exceptions now that government guidance is available.

Does the cap still fit?

Issue 259 (August 2017)
Carla Clarke reviews the latest on legal challenges to the benefit cap.

From ESA to UC

Issue 259 (August 2017)
Simon Osborne looks at the rules regarding claimants ‘migrating’ from employment and support allowance (ESA) to universal credit (UC).

The Social Security (Scotland) Bill

Issue 259 (August 2017)
Kirsty McKechnie and Jenny Duncan describe an important step towards primary legislation regarding benefits in Scotland.

UC earnings and problems

Issue 259 (August 2017)
David Simmons describes some of the issues when a claimant is paid twice during a universal credit (UC) monthly assessment period.