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Disability and discrimination: a case for special treatment

Issue 226 (February 2012)
An argument for more favourable treatment for disabled people in social security, in particular in housing benefit, is currently before the Court of Appeal. Simon Osborne sets the scene.

Housing benefit challenge rejected

Issue 225 (December 2011)
Sarah Clarke explains the options for claimants who are affected by the April 2011 changes to the housing benefit (HB) scheme it the light of the Court’s decision in CPAG v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2011] EWHC 2616 (Admin).

Court rules to allow discriminatory impacts of Housing Benefit cuts

13 October 2011
The High Court of Justice has today passed down judgment in favour of the Government in a Judicial Review brought by Child Poverty Action Group. The review concerned two specific cuts to housing benefit that came into force this April: restriction of maximum household size to four bedrooms and caps on the amount of Housing Benefit a household can receive.

JSA, housing costs and the 104-week rule

Issue 218 (October 2011)
Henri Krishna examines the 104-week limit on claiming jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) housing costs, which will start to bite in January 2011.

Plugging the gap? DHPs in the light of housing benefit cuts

Issue 224 (October 2011)
Edward Graham takes a look at discretionary housing payments (DHPs) and considers their scope to help claimants meet their rent in the light of the cuts to housing benefit (HB).

Unlawful child poverty ‘strategy’ includes cuts that make poor families poorer

05 April 2011
Responding to the publication today of the Government’s child poverty ‘strategy’ and social mobility strategy, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “A child poverty ‘strategy’ which does not set out how poverty numbers will fall, and by when, is not a strategy and is incredibly disappointing and surprising given the Prime Minister’s stated commitment on tackling poverty...

CPAG's challenge to the housing benefit changes

Issue 221 (April 2011)
Changes to Housing Benefit first announced in the June 2010 budget come into force in April 2011. This article outlines what those changes are, and how and why CPAG is challenging them.

Government faces legal challenge to housing benefit cuts

07 March 2011
Child Poverty Action Group has announced today that it has issued urgent proceedings for judicial review of two of the cuts to Housing Benefit for private sector tenants due to come into force in full on 1st April 2011: restriction of maximum household size to four bedrooms and caps on the amount of Housing Benefit a household can receive.

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.

Making the poor pay: the Budget and benefits

Issue 217 (August 2010)
Simon Osborne examines the changes to benefits and tax credits announced in the June 2010 Budget.