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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Articles now published on AskCPAG

Go to AskCPAG for current and more recent articles from the Welfare Rights Bulletin. The articles listed below are from 2019 and earlier.


Tax credits update

Issue 216 (June 2010)
Mark Willis explains some recent changes to the tax credits rules and looks at possible future reform by the new Government.

Refugees and benefits

Issue 215 (April 2010)
Mark Willis examines the rights of refugees to claim benefits and the problems that can arise.

Fit up?

Issue 215 (April 2010)
Martin Williams examines the new 'fit note' and considers whether or not it will really change anything for benefit claimants.

2010 Budget highlights

Issue 215 (April 2010)
David Simmons summarises the main changes relating to welfare benefits and tax credits announced in the 2010 budget.These are in addition to the changes already announced in the Pre-Budget Report.

‘Baumbasted’! The right to reside test for claimants with children in education

Issue 215 (April 2010)
Graham Tegg examines the implications of two recent judgments from the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

Home sweet home

Issue 215 (April 2010)
David Simmons examines a recent First-tier Tribunal decision which looked at the issue of housing benefit (HB) entitlement for a long stay hospital patient who only returned to his normal home for occasional visits.

Welfare Reform Act 2009 – a quick guide

Issue 215 (April 2010)
Simon Osborne outlines the main provisions of the Act and indicates likely implementation dates, where known.

Pre-Budget Report 2009

Issue 214 (February 2010)
David Simmons highlights the most significant announcements relating to welfare benefits and tax credits.

State pension reform from April 2010

Issue 214 (February 2010)
David Simmons summarises the principal and consequential changes.