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.


Bereavement and children: unequal no more?

Issue 266 (October 2018)
Carla Clarke looks at a recent Supreme Court decision regarding bereavement benefits and the children of unmarried parents.

PIP guidance round-up

Issue 266 (October 2018)
Ed Pybus summarises recent official guidance concerning personal independence payment (PIP) in the light of recent caselaw and DWP announcements about PIP reviews for severe health conditions.

UC and disability

Issue 265 (August 2018)
Simon Osborne reviews some of the main features of universal credit (UC) for claimants with a disability.

Tax credits: claim while you can

Issue 265 (August 2018)
Time is running out for tax credits. Mark Willis explains.

Tribunals and PIP transfer errors

Issue 265 (August 2018)
Ed Pybus looks at recent caselaw on how tribunals should treat disability living allowance (DLA) evidence on transfer to personal independence allowance (PIP).

UC: value for money?

Issue 265 (August 2018)
Barbara Donegan describes an independent report which raises some fundamental questions about the operation of universal credit (UC).

The Social Security Act (Scotland) 2018

Issue 264 (June 2018)
Kirsty McKechnie describes the provisions in the first legislation passed establishing the Scottish social security system.

Universal credit and housing costs

Issue 264 (June 2018)
Martin Williams looks at some common problems with the housing element of universal credit (UC).

Overpayments and tax credits: what now?

Issue 264 (June 2018)
Since tax credits were introduced in 2003, the system has struggled to cope with the problem of overpayments. As we enter the final phase before tax credits are replaced by universal credit (UC), pressures are building up again. Mark Willis explains.

Fair comment?

Issue 264 (June 2018)
Simon Osborne describes recent caselaw setting out concern at some official responses in appeals to the First-tier Tribunal.