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Welfare Reform Bill must be put on hold until government explains plans

15 June 2011
Commenting on the Welfare Reform Bill, which receives its Third Reading in the House of Commons today, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “This bill means too many vulnerable people are set to be losers, and too many people will find the promise to make work pay is not being kept...

Incapacity to ESA: transfer and reassessment

Issue 221 (April 2011)
Simon Osborne reviews the rules under which most existing claims of benefit on the basis of incapacity for work are being transferred to claims for employment and support allowance (ESA), with entitlement reassessed.

Contribution conditions for ESA and JSA

Issue 219 (December 2010)
Judith Paterson describes the new, stricter national insurance contribution conditions for employment and support allowance (ESA) and jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) from November 2010.

Spending Review – more cuts

Issue 219 (December 2010)
Angela Toal examines the changes to welfare benefits and tax credits announced in the Government’s Spending Review in October 2010.

Appealing for ESA arrears

Issue 218 (October 2010)
CPAG examines what claimants should do if they believe they have not been paid all the arrears they are due following a successful employment and support allowance (ESA) appeal.

Interesting change: another cut in help with housing costs

Issue 218 (October 2010)
David Simmons explains changes to the formula for calculating the standard interest rate used to determine help with housing costs.

Incapacity to ESA

Issue 216 (June 2010)
Simon Osborne describes the rules providing for the transfer of incapacity benefits claimants onto employment and support allowance (ESA).

Work capability assessment: is it working?

Issue 216 (June 2010)
Alison Gillies describes the main findings and recommendations of the recent Citizens Advice report on the WCA, and looks at the DWP proposals for reform.

Welfare Reform Act 2009 – a quick guide

Issue 215 (April 2010)
Simon Osborne outlines the main provisions of the Act and indicates likely implementation dates, where known.