Legal

Briefing for MPs on Queen's Speech

10 May 2022
The Queen’s Speech was a missed opportunity for the government to introduce legislation that would support people in the short term and improve living standards in the longer term.

Now you see them, now you don’t: the role of children’s interests in social security law

19 April 2022
In the last 3 years, the UK Supreme Court has adjudicated on three different cases involving social security benefits and children - widowed parent’s allowance, the lowered benefit cap and the two-child limit. The judgments can be analysed from a range of perspectives.

Early Warning System e-bulletin - March 2022

March 2022
In this edition of the e-bulletin, we look at carers and universal credit.

CPAG responds to consultation on reforming the Human Rights Act

10 March 2022
We have responded to the government's consultation on reforming the Human Rights Act.

CPAG's response to proposed Human Rights Act reforms

10 March 2022
We have responded to the government's consultation on reforming the Human Rights Act.

Request to backdate universal credit made after claim determined

AM v SSWP (file reference UA-2022-000041-USTA)
The electronic claim form for universal credit does not ask a claimant whether they wish their claim to be backdated (paid from an earlier date than the day the claim form is completed). The maximum allowable backdating is one month. DWP maintain that if a claimant has not requested backdating by the time their claim comes to be decided then (1) the Decision Maker does not have to consider whether the conditions for backdating were met and (2) any request that the claim be backdated made after the claim is decided cannot succeed because in this case the one month backdating runs from when it is requested and as universal credit claims are not decided until one month after they are made then even if granted backdating would not produce any extra entitlement. The Upper Tribunal is asked by AM, who CPAG represent, to decide that approach is wrong and that a decision awarding universal credit can be revised if the backdating conditions are fulfilled but were not considered when the claim was initially decided.

National insurance numbers and universal credit

R (Bui) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions UA 2021 000580 JR
This is a challenge to the policy of the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (SSWP) that she will not make payments of universal credit (UC) unless and until a claimant has a national insurance number (the ‘NINo Rule’).

Looking up the law online (Scotland), 16 March 2023 ONLINE

16th March 2023
Online Scotland
Build your skills with this practical course on effective legal research for benefit casework. Competent casework starts by knowing the right questions to ask your client. Whether you are helping...

Social security law update (Scotland), 27 - 28 October 2022 ONLINE

27th October 2022 to 28th October 2022
Online Scotland
Social security law and tax credit law can change from day to day and advisers need to keep abreast of developments to advise their clients correctly. Arranged under topic headings...

Social security law update (Scotland), 29 - 30 March 2023 ONLINE

29th March 2023 to 30th March 2023
Online Scotland
Social security law and tax credit law can change from day to day and advisers need to keep abreast of developments to advise their clients correctly. Arranged under topic headings...