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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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Better late than never?

Issue 234 (June 2013)
A recent decision of the Upper Tribunal has decided there is no possibility of making a late appeal in tax credits cases. Martin Williams considers the case.

Universal credit: budgeting support

Issue 234 (June 2013)
David Simmons examines DWP guidance on the provision of budgeting support for universal credit claimants.

Pipped at the post

Issue 234 (June 2013)
Jon Shaw highlights some issues with personal independence payment, which was rolled out nationally on 10 June 2013.

Child benefit: the wrong residence test?

Issue 234 (June 2013)
A Northern Ireland Social Security Commissioner has held that the right-to-reside test cannot lawfully be applied in child benefit cases. The successful claimant was represented by Patricia Carty of the Law Centre Northern Ireland. Martin Williams discusses the case.

'Bedroom tax' - exemptions and legal challenges

Issue 233 (April 2013)
In Bulletin 232, we examined the rules restricting the housing benefit (HB) entitlement of social sector tenants who are deemed to have excess bedrooms. Since then two new exemptions have been announced, the government has dropped its appeal against a CPAG test case in the Supreme Court and a number of judicial review challenges have been launched. Mike Spencer explores these developments.

What is replacing the social fund?

Issue 233 (April 2013)
David Simmons looks at alternative provision following the abolition of the discretionary social fund (SF) from 1 April 2013.

ESA and sanctions – more hard times ahead

Issue 232 (February 2013)
New rules came into effect on 3 December 2012 for employment and support allowance (ESA) claimants who fall foul of the requirement on them to take part in work-related activity or a work-focused interviews. Edward Graham outlines the main features of the new sanctions regime.

WCA changes again

Issue 232 (February 2013)
New rules taking effect from 28 January 2013 make further changes to the work capability assessment (WCA). Simon Osborne describes what has happened.