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Inspecting the inspectors (2008)

Issue 204 (June 2008)
In the latest of an occasional series of articles on the decisions of social fund inspectors, David Simmons considers some recent cases about capital, repeat applications and budgeting loans.

All rise for the Judge? Tribunal reform on the books

Issue 201 (December 2007)
Simon Osborne looks at the context and content of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007.

Work, work, work: Green Paper on employment and benefits

Issue 199 (August 2007)
The Government have published a Green Paper outlining proposals on achieving full employment, including the threat of more benefit sanctions for lone parents and the unemployed. Simon Osborne describes the main points.

NINO knowledge

Issue 198 (June 2007)
Stewart Wright maps out where the requirement to have a national insurance number impacts on benefits and tax credits, and indicates where some legal challenges may arise.

Overpayments and recovery at common law

Issue 196 (February 2007)
It may have been thought that, with his success in the case of B, the Secretary of State would have been content with the overpayment recovery powers in section 71 of the Social Security Administration Act 1992. However, recent correspondence between the DWP and CPAG reveals that the DWP thinks it also has powers of recovery under the common law. Stewart Wright explains the correspondence, suggests why the DWP may be wrong and how the issue may be tested in court.

Overpayments and recovery – Secretary of State waiver

Issue 190 (February 2006)
Sarah Clarke describes DWP guidance on when recovery of a benefit overpayment might be waived.