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.


Thinking is a function of the body

Issue 193 (August 2006)
A recent commissioner's decision has accepted that 'thinking' is a bodily function for the purposes of disability living allowance. Stewart Wright considers the decision and the case law which preceded it.

Right to reside – new rules

Issue 192 (June 2006)
Pamela Fitzpatrick describes new regulations affecting the habitual residence test and in particular the right-to-reside element of the test.

MPs' verdict on incapacity benefit reform

Issue 192 (June 2006)
David Simmons outlines the findings of the Work and Pensions Select Committee inquiry into the Government's proposed reform of incapacity benefits.

Benefit and befuddlement

Issue 192 (June 2006)
Edward Graham describes the report of MPs on complexity in social security.

Exporting AA, CA and DLA to other EEA member states

Issue 191 (April 2006)
Pamela Fitzpatrick describes provisions on exporting certain benefits relating to disability within the EEA.

Child benefit and qualifying young persons

Issue 191 (April 2006)
Simon Osborne outlines new rules extending benefit entitlement for families that include a young person.

Overpayments and recovery – Secretary of State waiver

Issue 190 (February 2006)
Sarah Clarke describes DWP guidance on when recovery of a benefit overpayment might be waived.

New rights of residence for EU nationals

Issue 190 (February 2006)
Pamela Fitzpatrick gives an overview of the new EC Residence Directive. A more detailed analysis of this Directive will follow in the next edition of the Welfare Rights Bulletin.