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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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ESA and WCA – recent and forthcoming changes

Issue 258 (June 2017)
Simon Osborne reviews changes regarding employment and support allowance (ESA) and the work capability assessment (WCA).

PIP – an independent review

Issue 258 (June 2017)
Ed Pybus considers a review of assessments and decision making in personal independence payment (PIP).

Bereavement support payment

Issue 257 (April 2017)
Gwyneth King describes a new benefit for bereavement.

Personal independence payment: ‘as you were’

Issue 257 (April 2017)
Ros White considers the provisions of recent regulations which reverse the effect of two Upper Tribunal decisions on the personal independence payment (PIP) assessment criteria.

ESA and UC: components axed

Issue 257 (April 2017)
The employment and support allowance (ESA) component for work-related activity and the universal credit (UC) element for limited capability for work have been abolished from 3 April 2017. Simon Osborne describes the rules, including who can still be entitled.

The two-child limit

Issue 257 (April 2017)
From 6 April 2017, a two-child limit applies in child tax credit (CTC) and means-tested benefits. Mark Willis and Simon Osborne describe the rules.

Tax credits, appeals and ‘SLANs’

Issue 256 (February 2017)
Mark Willis reviews recent caselaw about attempted appeals against tax credit ‘notices’ referred to by HMRC as ‘Statements Like an Award Notice’ or SLANs.

Tax credits: child disability element fiasco

Issue 256 (February 2017)
Martin Williams discusses securing child disability elements for the 28,000 families who lost out due to the failure of the DWP to notify HMRC about awards of disability living allowance (DLA).

Universal credit: problems and solutions

Issue 256 (February 2017)
The roll out of the live and now full universal credit (UC) services has highlighted a number of problems. In some cases, these are caused primarily by interpretation of legislation and, in others, by DWP policies and systems. Henri Krishna summarises some of the main problems CPAG has encountered and shares solutions where we have them.

The bedroom tax limps on

Issue 256 (February 2017)
Carla Clarke reviews the recent Supreme Court decision in Rutherford and others, and where this leaves the bedroom tax and potential challenges.