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Welfare Rights Bulletin

The Welfare Rights Bulletin is CPAG's journal of welfare benefits and tax credits law and practice. It is also an updating service for our Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook.

Published six times a year, it is sent to all CPAG Rights members as part of the membership package. It is also available on annual subscription.

This page contains a selection of articles from the magazine. Other regular features include: Handbook update; legal section with reports of court cases, Upper Tribunal decisions and new regulations; welfare rights news; reader Q&A.

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An offer you can’t refuse?

Issue 273 (December 2019)
Martin Williams considers the DWP practice of making ‘offers’ in personal independence payment (PIP) appeals.

Universal credit childcare costs: up front and after

Issue 273 (December 2019)
Dan Norris reports on developments regarding the way universal credit (UC) supports working parents with childcare costs.

Planes and boats and trains and PIP mobility

Issue 273 (December 2019)
Several recent cases have provided some clarity about how claimants’ use of public transport and private motors cars can affect their award of personal independence payment (PIP). Ed Pybus looks at how this clarity may help claimants apply for PIP and challenge PIP decisions.

Vulnerable tribunals?

Issue 272 (October 2019)
Martin Williams considers the implications of a recent Upper Tribunal decision concerning the treatment of ‘vulnerable adults’ by the First-tier Tribunal.

The transitional SDP amount

Issue 272 (October 2019)
Owen Stevens considers new rules providing extra amounts of universal credit (UC) to certain severely disabled claimants who have undergone ‘natural’ migration to UC from legacy benefits.

UC managed migration rules

Issue 272 (October 2019)
Simon Osborne looks at rules regarding piloting of ‘managed’ migration to universal credit (UC).

Housing benefit suspensions

Issue 272 (October 2019)
Jon Shaw looks at when housing benefit (HB) awards can (and cannot) be suspended and then terminated.

Appeals and DWP delays

Issue 271 (August 2019)
Advisers are reporting delays in receiving DWP submissions. Ed Pybus looks into the issue.

Universal credit and prison

Issue 271 (August 2019)
People entering and leaving prison tend to encounter a specific set of difficulties within the universal credit (UC) system. These include confusion about whether they are entitled to UC, doubts about whether they have permanently lost entitlement to legacy benefits and the consequences of detention for those claiming benefits because they have limited capability for work. Barbara Donegan explains.

UC date of claim and Help to Claim

Issue 271 (August 2019)
It is now clear that the DWP does not accept that use of the ‘Help to Claim’ service (operated by Citizens Advice and Citizens Advice Scotland) permits a claimant to rely on rules allowing the date of a claim for universal credit (UC) to be fixed at the date help is first requested. Simon Osborne explains.