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Coronavirus - benefits and work (Scotland) 8 September 2020 ONLINE **FULLY BOOKED**

8th September 2020
Online Scotland
The coronavirus outbreak has seen a huge rise in benefit claims, and a surge of enquiries about how new rules affect people temporarily unable to work. The course covers: •...

Universal Credit, disability and transitional protection

R (TD & Ors) v Secretary of State for Work And Pensions [2020] EWCA Civ 618
On 12 May 2020, the Court of Appeal handed down a judgment in favour of the appellants in this case. The appellants were originally in receipt of legacy benefits but had to claim universal credit (UC) when the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (SSWP) decided that they were no longer entitled to legacy benefits and terminated their awards.  Even though those decisions were ultimately overturned on revision, the appellants were stuck on UC and received less than they would have if they had remained on legacy benefits.  The Court found that the appellants had been unlawfully discriminated against compared with legacy benefit claimants who had not had any wrongful decision terminating their legacy benefit awards and who would be moved to UC through managed migration when they would benefit from transitional protection. The SSWP has applied directly to the Supreme Court for permission to appeal and a decision on that application is awaited.

Mind the gaps - briefing 6

28 May 2020
This is the sixth in a series of briefings, Mind the Gaps, which highlight some of the gaps in support that exist for children and families affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Evidence of these gaps is drawn from our Early Warning System (EWS) which collects case studies from frontline practitioners working directly with families on the problems they are seeing with the social security system.

Benefits for rent (Scotland) 30 September 2020 - 1 October 2020 ONLINE

30th September 2020 to 1st October 2020
Online Scotland
Around two thousand tenants each year are evicted by social landlords for rent arrears, and an unrecorded number of private tenants. Arrears are a growing problem as people move from...

Early Warning System Latest Findings 4th-16th May

22 May 2020
Latest issues include: seriously ill people not receiving additional amounts in their UC, accidental migration to UC, people being refused PIP assessments on request and lack of benefit entitlement in respect of 16 and 17 year olds.

Has the government forgotten children during Covid-19?

21 May 2020
The government’s economic response to Covid-19 has, in many ways, been expansive, but there has been a surprising blind spot in relation to the burdens faced by families with children.

Unemployment support post Covid: learning from the job retention scheme

13 May 2020
Yesterday, the Chancellor announced that the job retention scheme will continue until October. This will be a huge relief to the 7.5 million workers who rely on support from the scheme, and will avert a huge second surge in unemployment as a result of the crisis, which is already set to rise to it’s highest level for 25 years. This extension is welcome, but there is no reason why more generous unemployment benefits couldn’t exist in the UK permanently.

Households worse off on universal credit win Court of Appeal test case

12 May 2020
Two disabled households who were left worse off after they were forced to move to universal credit (UC) because their existing benefits were wrongly stopped by the DWP today won a breakthrough case in the Court of Appeal. The result means that depending on what remedy the DWP chooses, the two households – and potentially thousands like them subject to wrongful decisions by the DWP – will be able to return to their previous benefits or have their UC awards topped up to the level of their previous benefits.

Early Warning System Latest Findings 27th April - 1st May

11 May 2020
Latest issues emerging from the Early Warning System include: claimants subject to the benefit cap not benefiting from the increase in UC, EU nationals with no entitlement to means-tested benefits; disabled people struggling to claim PIP or partake in assessments, and the impact of bereavement on social security entitlement

Mind the gaps - briefing 4

07 May 2020
This is the third in a series of weekly briefings, Mind the Gaps, which highlight some of the gaps in support that exist for children and families affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.