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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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Delivering the social fund at a local level

Issue 229 (August 2012)
CPAG published a new report at the end of June, looking at the opportunities and risks around the localisation of the social fund in London. Kate Bell, London campaign co-ordinator at CPAG, explains how some local authorities are planning for the abolition of the discretionary social fund next year, and what ideas are forming as to what should take its place.

CPAG’s Child Poverty Act challenge

Issue 229 (August 2012)
CPAG challenged the government’s approach to the Child Poverty Act in the High Court, and achieved a declaration that it had acted unlawfully (R (CPAG) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Secretary of State for Education. Sarah Clarke explains the history to the case.

Sanction busting – appealing Work Programme sanctions

Issue 229 (August 2012)
Martin Williams discusses the legal and practical issues involved in challenging decisions which impose a sanction on JSA for failure to participate in the Work Programme.

Universal credit – an update

Issue 229 (August 2012)
Simon Osborne describes recent developments concerning the introduction, main rules and claims and payments arrangements of universal credit.

ESA and time-limiting: a Q&A

Issue 228 (June 2012)
Simon Osborne rounds up some of the questions being posed about the detailed working of the time-limiting of contributory employment and support allowance (ESA).

Tax credits: the truth is rarely pure and never simple

Issue 228 (June 2012)
Mark Willis explains the latest round of changes to tax credits.

Think of the children: right to reside through a child

Issue 228 (June 2012)
Martin Williams sets out the situations in which a person may have a right of residence in order to facilitate the right of residence of a child. The article highlights recent changes in the DWP position and forthcoming cases in the ECJ.

Disability and discrimination: the Court of Appeal upholds the rights of disabled people

Issue 228 (June 2012)
This article is an update on ‘Disability and discrimination: a case for special treatment' in Bulletin 226. That article discussed the arguments put forward in the case of Burnip v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. In this article we consider the Court of Appeal’s decision in Burnip and the joined cases of Trengove and Gorry.