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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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Housing benefit challenge rejected

Issue 225 (December 2011)
Sarah Clarke explains the options for claimants who are affected by the April 2011 changes to the housing benefit (HB) scheme it the light of the Court’s decision in CPAG v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2011] EWHC 2616 (Admin).

EU co-ordination of social security

Issue 225 (December 2011)
Sarah Clarke provides an update on some European Union co-ordination issues.

EU Charter of Fundamental Rights: the dog that hasn’t barked...yet

Issue 225 (December 2011)
Graham Tegg considers whether a possible new approach to an existing piece of European Union (EU) law may be of assistance to claimants faced with negative right to reside decisions.

Plugging the gap? DHPs in the light of housing benefit cuts

Issue 224 (October 2011)
Edward Graham takes a look at discretionary housing payments (DHPs) and considers their scope to help claimants meet their rent in the light of the cuts to housing benefit (HB).

Labour market conditions and jobseeker’s allowance

Issue 224 (October 2011)
Beth Lakhani and Edward Graham examine the labour market conditions for jobseeker’s allowance (JSA), when and how the requirement to be actively seeking work and available for work applies and what flexibilities are built into the rules.

Tribunal rules round-up

Issue 224 (October 2011)
Simon Osborne considers some of the recent caselaw concerning tribunals and in particular the application of the Tribunal Rules.

Unnoticed? The flaw in ESA conversion decisions

Issue 224 (October 2011)
Martin Williams discusses the problems with letters sent by the DWP to existing claimants of incapacity benefit (IB), severe disablement allowance (SDA) and income support (IS) on grounds of disability informing them that they are to be reassessed for employment and support allowance (ESA).

JSA, housing costs and the 104-week rule

Issue 218 (October 2011)
Henri Krishna examines the 104-week limit on claiming jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) housing costs, which will start to bite in January 2011.

The Legal Aid Bill: call for action

Issue 223 (August 2011)
Edward Graham examines the Legal Aid Bill and what action needs to be taken to alert MPs about its potential impact on advice agencies and their clients.

Interim in the interim?

Issue 223 (August 2011)
Martin Williams discusses a pending case which assists claimants struggling to cope because disputes about their entitlement are pending before a tribunal.