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25 years on: reflections on social justice

Poverty 157 (Summer 2017)
Since she took office, Theresa May has adopted the language of ‘social justice’, promising to end the ‘burning injustice’ that some are born into lives of more opportunity than others, because of poverty, race, gender or class. There have been promises of a green paper, setting out her reform agenda. ‘Social justice’ has been high on the agenda before.

‘Loud and clear’ no more: the shift from child poverty to ‘troubled families’

Poverty 157 (Summer 2017)
The legally binding commitment to eradicate child poverty, once agreed upon by all our main political parties, no longer exists. Instead, the social policy focus at the current time is on ‘troubled’ and ‘workless’ families. Stephen Crossley examines the shifts that have taken place in recent years, highlighting some causes for concern.

Editorial: Poverty 157

Poverty 157 (Summer 2017)
Under David Cameron we saw child poverty targets scrapped and poverty reframed as a matter not of lack of money but of poor ‘life chances’, while the number of children in poverty increased. Theresa May promised to address the ‘burning injustices’ in society, including poverty, but has continued to pursue policies which are projected to drive child poverty up to over 5 million by the end of this parliament.

Housing costs for 18 to 21 year olds

Issue 258 (June 2017)
Gwyneth King considers changes removing entitlement to universal credit (UC) housing costs for some 18–21-year-olds.

PIP – changing an ongoing award

Issue 258 (June 2017)
When can the DWP change an ongoing award of personal independence payment (PIP), including where the award was made by a tribunal? Ed Pybus looks at the rules and some recent caselaw.

ESA – limited capability to claim?

Issue 258 (June 2017)
Employment support allowance (ESA) stops in certain situations, including where the claimant does not have limited capability for work (LCW) or is treated as not having LCW following failure to attend a medical examination without a good reason. Martin Williams takes a closer look.

ESA and WCA – recent and forthcoming changes

Issue 258 (June 2017)
Simon Osborne reviews changes regarding employment and support allowance (ESA) and the work capability assessment (WCA).

PIP – an independent review

Issue 258 (June 2017)
Ed Pybus considers a review of assessments and decision making in personal independence payment (PIP).

Bereavement support payment

Issue 257 (April 2017)
Gwyneth King describes a new benefit for bereavement.

Personal independence payment: ‘as you were’

Issue 257 (April 2017)
Ros White considers the provisions of recent regulations which reverse the effect of two Upper Tribunal decisions on the personal independence payment (PIP) assessment criteria.