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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.

No one knows what the future can hold

05 May 2020
CPAG and the Church of England has produced a new report on the impact of the two-child limit after three years. Since 6 April 2017, families having a third or subsequent child are no longer entitled to additional support through child tax credit and universal credit.

Thousands of families tipped on to universal credit by Covid-19 getting no support for infants – call to suspend two-child limit

05 May 2020
Around sixty thousand families forced to claim universal credit since mid-March because of Covid-19 will discover that they will not get the support their family needs because of the controversial 'two-child policy' a new report estimates.

Mind the gaps - briefing 3

01 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. 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.

Supporting children through the pandemic: why we need a Coronavirus Emergency Income Support Scheme

01 May 2020
Another day, another set of appalling statistics to quantify the hardship people are suffering. This time they’re stats from the Trussell Trust and show an 81 per cent increase in people needing support from food banks at the end of March, compared with the same time last year, and a 120 per cent rise in parcels given to children.

Early Warning System latest findings 20th-24th April

30 April 2020
Latest findings emerging from the Early Warning System include: difficulty accessing PIP claim forms, people accruing rent arrears because they are unable to move and confusion about which benefit to claim

Early Warning System E-Bulletin - April 2020

April 2020
Social Insecurity: how the outbreak is affecting your cases. Summary of queries received by the Early Warning System during the covid-19 pandemic. Topics covered include universal credit whilst on furlough, awaiting self-employment grant or facing the habitual residence test, plus problems claiming new-style ESA and more.

EU pre-settled status

lawfulness of exclusion from universal credit of EEA nationals whose only right to reside is "pre-settled status".
Fratila and Tanase v SSWP CO/3632/2019: CPAG brought judicial review proceedings on behalf of two EU nationals who were refused universal credit on the basis that their limited leave to remain in the UK under Appendix EU to the Immigration Rules (pre-settled status) was not a qualifying right of residence for the purposes of means-tested benefits. On 27 April 2020, the Court dismissed the claim. The Court of Appeal granted permission to appeal on 29 May 2020.