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A widening gap: trends in three social security benefits 2009-2018

20 March 2019
This blog shows what has happened to the value of three important social security benefits since 2009 up to last year 2018.

David Webster (Glasgow University) briefings on benefit sanctions

18 December 2018
Dr David Webster is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow (Urban Studies) at the University of Glasgow.

Prisoners and benefits

Most social security benefits are affected if you are in prison. This factsheet outlines the main issues that come up if you are remanded in custody or if you are serving a prison sentence.

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.

Eight things you should know about the benefit cap

03 April 2017
‘Fairness’ was the word Lord Freud used to justify the lowering of the benefit cap. But there is no fairness to be found in a policy that ignores assessed need, mostly affects people who can’t work to increase their income, and hits households with children in 93 per cent of cases.

Social security changes - April 2017

22 March 2017
In April 2017, many social security changes come into force that affect children and young people. We outline their impact.

Widening the net and twisting the knife: the benefit cap gets worse

07 November 2016
Today sees the benefit cap – the limit on total benefits which households can receive if no-one works at least 16 hours a week – fall from £26,000 a year to £20,000, or £23,000 in London.

GPOW kapowed?

Issue 254 (October 2016)
Martin Williams considers the implications of a recent Upper Tribunal case on the correct approach to determining whether a European Economic Area (EEA) migrant has a right of residence as a jobseeker under what is widely referred to as the ‘GPOW’ test.

JSA and ‘actively seeking work’ sanctions

Issue 246 (June 2015)
David Simmons examines the issue of jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) sanctions for alleged failures to ‘actively seek employment’.