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: offsetting overpayments

Issue 214 (February 2010)
Sarah Clarke provides an update on the 'offsetting' of overpayments which arise when a partner leaves or joins a household.

Housing costs rules revisited

Issue 214 (February 2010)
Simon Osborne describes the latest version of the rules relating to the 13-week waiting period for housing costs.

ESA: repeat claims and appeals

Issue 213 (December 2009)
Edward Graham explains the rules allowing ESA to be paid on repeat claims and pending appeals.

Right to reside: some positive case law

Issue 213 (December 2009)
Graham Tegg reports on some positive developments from the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

IS and incapacity for work

Issue 212 (October 2009)
Martin Williams looks at DMG Memo 30/09 and the possibility of retaining IS on the basis of incapacity post employment and support allowance (ESA).

Weighing medical evidence: problems old and new

Issue 212 (October 2009)
Simon Osborne highlights recent decisions of the Upper Tribunal on the weighing of medical evidence which show that old problems have not gone away, while others reflect more recent trends.

Substantial risk' and incapacity / limited capability for work

Issue 211 (August 2009)
A recent court decision has resolved conflicting case law on the interpretation of the 'substantial risk' rule, which applies to the assessments for incapacity for work (the personal capability assessment) and limited capability for work (the work capability assessment). Simon Osborne explains.

Tax Credits: ‘technical overpayments’ and ‘offsetting’

Issue 211 (August 2009)
David Simmons examines the current state of play on the recurring issue of tax credits overpayments which arise when a partner leaves or joins a household.

Incapacity to limited capability

Issue 210 (June 2009)
Martin Williams looks at the benefit options for existing claimants of income support (IS) or incapacity benefit (IB) who are found capable of work.

Tax credit crunch

Issue 209 (April 2009)
Tax credits were designed to be responsive and flexible, supposedly delivering support to reflect families' current needs and resources. Mark Willis looks at how the system responds to the effects of the recession.