Universal credit | CPAG

Universal credit

Legal update

10 February 2020
Our legal team has had a busy start to the new year. Last week we learned we had been successful in our High Court case challenging the fact that the higher rate of bereavement support payment for families with children is currently only paid if a spouse or civil partner dies, and not when the couple were not married or in a civil partnership. This follows a similar challenge to the previous widowed parent’s allowance – the Supreme Court found in favour of a mother and her four children in that case, but, although the law is not compatible with human rights law, the government has still not resolved the issue.

Early Warning System report on universal credit February 2020

04 February 2020
This briefing provides an overview of Early Warning System evidence in relation to universal credit gathered between October and December 2019

Universal credit - claimant responsibilities and sanctions

04 February 2020
Some places available to book on this course on 18 February in Glasgow

Universal Credit: Housing Costs (London) 14 September 2020

14th September 2020
London
Universal credit (UC) claimants often have difficulties getting their Housing Costs element included in their claim and having the right amount paid on time. This one-day course focusses on the...

Universal Credit: Housing Costs (London) 4 March 2021

4th March 2021
London
Universal credit (UC) claimants often have difficulties getting their Housing Costs element included in their claim and having the right amount paid on time. This one-day course focusses on the...

Benefit cap and those paid 4 weekly

SP and others v SSWP CO/3572/2019: On 12 September 2019, CPAG issued judicial review proceedings on behalf of a single parent and her children challenging the application of the benefit cap to the mother’s universal credit award despite the fact that she works 16 hours per week at national minimum wage simply because she is paid 4 weekly rather than monthly. Permission to apply for judicial review was granted on 5th December 2019 and the case has been listed for 13 May 2020.

Universal credit assessment period inflexibility

R (Johnson, Woods, Barrett and Stewart) v SSWP [2019] EWHC 23 (Admin): This case concerns a judicial review challenging the rigidity of the assessment period regime under universal credit (UC) and the way that earned income is calculated, which results in some claimants being treated as earning two monthly salaries in one assessment period. Judgment was given on 11 January 2019 finding in favour of the claimants, but the SSWP appealed. The case will be heard by the Court of Appeal on 19th May 2020.

Universal Credit for Students (London) 11 May 2020

11th May 2020
London
With the introduction of universal credit, the benefit rules for students as we know them are swept away and new rules set up in their place. This one-day course explains...