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Today — last updated 14:02

Changes to universal credit gateway conditions

New DWP guidance

HMRC extends deadline for tax credit renewals

Due to industrial action planned for this week renewals can now be made up to 6 August

'Suitable management and prioritisation by social landlords' should allow many affected by bedroom tax to downsize

Lord Freud also tells House of Lords that the 19,000 that had already downsized was 'broadly within the bounds' of the Impact Assessment sensitivity analysis

29 July

Government needs to work more closely with charities and service users when designing welfare to work contracts, says NCVO

Front-line charities are in an excellent position to help people furthest away from the job market to gain skills, experience and confidence to help them towards and into employment

Benefits for EU migrants to be ‘cut off’ after 3 months, says Prime Minister

In response, Shadow Home Secretary says 'we need less talk and more action'

25 July

Government ‘unable’ to accept call for cumulative impact of welfare reform

Responding to the Social Security Advisory Committee, Lord Freud says cumulative impact analysis should be 'treated with caution'

23 July

DWP's appeal against requirement to publish names of companies involved in employment programmes is dismissed

Upper Tribunal finds no error of law in decision of First-tier Tribunal and directs that the order must now be complied with

Government needs to undertake a fundamental redesign of the ESA end-to-end process, say MPs

New Work and Pensions Committee report also advises that 'rebranding' the assessment by appointing a new contractor will not solve problems

DWP to carry out data matching exercise between HMRC's Real Time Information and six social security benefits

New guidance to local authorities on project that is expected to identify 300,000 overpayments, with 223,000 of those relating to housing benefit only cases

Improving take-up of means tested benefits would make major contribution to poverty reduction, says Inclusion

New report also finds that most significant factor associated with non take-up is level of knowledge about entitlement, highlighting value of access to welfare rights advice

Bill disqualifying non-UK citizens from the EU from entitlement to child benefit introduced to House of Commons

Private Member's Bill expected to receive second reading on 6 March 2015

State pension to increase by 5.8 per cent for each year deferred by those reaching pension age from April 2016

Written statement to parliament from Pensions Minister

Effects of treatment and the medical assessment of chronic bronchitis and emphysema for industrial injuries benefit purposes

New Industrial Injuries Advisory Council report recommends that effects of treatment should not be taken into account in assessments for prescribed disease PD D12

22 July

Government consultation on PIP mobility criteria was not unfair or unlawful

New High Court judgment

Settling tax credit appeals by agreement between HMRC and the appellant with no need for a determination by a tribunal

New statutory instrument

Reform of EU migrant benefit rules needed, says government

Without change, 'legitimate public concern is likely to significantly undermine support for the principle of free movement'

Independent Review finds that improvements needed to sanctions system, particularly for vulnerable claimants

Areas of concern include that letters 'complex and difficult to understand' and that claimants concerns being passed 'from pillar to post', with little hope of resolution, due to lack of information sharing

Evaluation of the ‘Direct Payment Demonstration Projects’

DWP publishes new research into the first 12 months of the direct payment of housing benefit to tenants living in social housing

Research into the experiences of people entitled to carer’s allowance

New study looks at carers, their use of carer's allowance, budgeting issues and how they can be better supported to return to work

Evaluation of the process for claiming personal independence payment

New DWP research report

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11 July

CH/2605/2013 — Whether a local authority's error to ask a relevant question on the standard claim form amounted to official error — [2014] UKUT 201 (AAC)

Commissioner / Judge: Wikeley

2 July

CH/2413/2013 — Need to clearly distinguish between actual and notional capital, and establish proper evidential basis for adverse credibility finding against claimant — [2014] UKUT 212 (AAC)

Commissioner / Judge: Wikeley

CIS/2411/2013 — Need to clearly distinguish between actual and notional capital, and establish proper evidential basis for adverse credibility finding against claimant — [2014] AACR

Commissioner / Judge: Wikeley

CE/4405/2013 — Circumstances in which an appeal lapses / when regulation 29 should be considered in ESA appeals — [2014] UKUT 208 (AAC)

Commissioner / Judge: Levenson

30 June

CTC/4246/2012 — Backdating a claim for tax credits — [2014] UKUT 221 (AAC)

Commissioner / Judge: Ovey

CE/2722/2013 — Appeal against termination of contributory ESA after 365 days on grounds that claimant should be in support group — [2014] UKUT 203 (AAC)

Commissioner / Judge: Wright

26 June

CSE/859/2013 — Consumption of alcohol does not, in itself, amount to disinhibition — [2014] UKUT 188 (AAC)

Commissioner / Judge: May

19 June

CSTC/224/2014 — Whether a 'submission' is the same as a 'document' for the purpose of rule 7(3) of the Tribunal Rules — [2014] UKUT 224 (AAC)

Commissioner / Judge: May

16 June

CH/1445/2013 — Whether it was discriminatory to treat a pension paid by the Netherlands in compensation for victims of national socialist persecution differently to similar schemes paid by Germany and Austria — [2014] UKUT 187 (AAC)

Commissioner / Judge: Williams

CSE/141/2014 — Whether a tribunal should adjourn to allow a claimant with mental health problems to get a representative — [2014] UKUT 218 (AAC)

Commissioner / Judge: Agnew

11 June

CE/3893/2013 — Procedure for dealing with applications for leave to appeal to the Upper Tribunal — [2014] UKUT 167 (AAC)

Commissioner / Judge: Gray

CF/3973/2013 — Whether HMRC could show misrepresentation when the claim forms had been destroyed — [2014] UKUT 199 (AAC)

Commissioner / Judge: Wikeley

CH/1241/2013 — Fuel allowance for travel to and from new place of work counts as income for housing benefit — [2014] UKUT 172 (AAC)

Commissioner / Judge: Williams

10 June

CH/2186/2013 — Person not a ‘worker’ or self-employed for purposes of EC Directive 2004/38 on basis of being a carer in receipt of carer’s allowance — [2010] UKUT 154 (AAC)

Commissioner / Judge: Ward

CIS/1998/2012 — Person not a ‘worker’ or self-employed for purposes of EC Directive 2004/38 on basis of being a carer in receipt of carer’s allowance — [2010] UKUT 154 (AAC)

Commissioner / Judge: Ward

CH/1349/2011 — Student bursary for living costs counts as income for housing benefit — [2014] UKUT 166 (AAC)

Commissioner / Judge: Rowland

3 June

CSE/14/2014 — Regulation 35 / occupational therapy in psychiatric day hospital not evidence of ability to carry out work related activity — [2014] UKUT 176 (AAC)

Commissioner / Judge: Bano

CH/3747/2013 — Couple who lived separately but spent weekends together were not ‘couple’ for benefit purposes — [2014] UKUT 186 (AAC)

Commissioner / Judge: Levenson

29 May

CE/3441/2013 — Whether tribunal has a duty to obtain evidence relating to DLA high rate mobility award — [2014] UKUT 185 (AAC)

Commissioner / Judge: Bano

28 May

CE/3848/2012 — Regulation 29 where person unable to make journey to work unaccompanied — [2014] UKUT 148 (AAC)

Commissioner / Judge: Ward

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pet premiums?

In Other benefit & tax credit issues. Last updated today at 15.03 by 1964

“I’ve encountered both on many occasions too. It’s up there with the other Great Myths (including free holidays, cars & TVs, ‘illegal immigrants’ that can claim significantly more than whoever I am speaking to is entitled to/earns and that your boyfriend can”

Is having adaptations grounds to appeal the bedroom tax.

In Housing benefit & council tax support. Posted today at 15.01 by iut044

“Hi I have a client who is part of a couple.  They are having the bedroom tax applied to them because they live in a two bedroom property.  They are both disabled.  However, the property has adaptations and this is why they”


In ESA & other incapacity related benefits. Last updated today at 14.56 by Ben E Fitz

“Would be interesting to see the Tribunal’s consideration of Reg 29. I would imagine daily episodes of intermittent blindness, especially if occurring in the workplace would constitute a pretty substantial risk to the health of the client or of other people.”

Drivel from HMRC justifying a ’living together’ decision

In Working tax credit & child tax credit. Last updated today at 14.56 by Jane OP

“My favorite bit of evidence used to prove L/T was a colleague’s case where a set of golf clubs had been spotted in the home of a woman who claimed to live alone. This was used as proof that she must have a”

Is Lord Freud the most complacent man in history?

In Housing benefit & council tax support. Last updated today at 14.48 by Ben E Fitz

“He also appeared to imply (to my understanding) that many of the negative impacts of the bedroom tax are the fault of Social Landlords’ mismanagement of their stock, rather than poorly thought out, retrospectively and insensitively applied, vindictive and idealogically driven legislation. Given the amount”

Winder and Ors v Sandwell

In Housing benefit & council tax support. Last updated today at 13.57 by Martin Williams

“Nothing to do with me- all down to Mike Spencer (our solicitor) and the barristers involved (Tom Royston at Garden Court North and Richard Drabble QC at Landmark).”

Successful Bedroom Tax appeal (First-tier Tribunal)!

In Housing benefit & council tax support. Last updated today at 13.28 by HB Anorak

“The significance of Rutherford, with similar-ish facts to your case, us that the Secretary of State was only able to rely on the DHP defence because the applicant had one and was lilely to keep it for the foreseeable future, whereas in MA the defence”

State Pension and CTB/CTS

In Housing benefit & council tax support. Posted today at 12.54 by tlerwillage

“A client of mine has received a demand for over paid benefit - both CTB and CTS - because they did not uprate his state pension properly. This only came to light when they were investigating a potential non Dependent deduction.  I’ve always”

ideas wanted on how to improve the PIP process and deal with delays

In Personal independence payment & other disability related benefits. Last updated today at 11.27 by S.Murphy

“Give the DWP ownership of the entire claims process, rather than the DWP effectively having their hands tied once the claim has been sent to the provider. Decision Makers/Case Managers should be able to decide a claim without sending it to the provider if”

PIP date of claim... lazy welfing

In Personal independence payment & other disability related benefits. Posted today at 11.02 by DManville

“How do Save me a load of book work would you? I could swear that somewhere someone has cited a regulation that imparts a discretion on the Sec State to treat the date of claim for PIP from an earlier date. I can;t find”

tax credit renewal deadline extended

In Working tax credit & child tax credit. Posted today at 10.34 by shawn

“HMRC has announced that the tax credit renewal deadline has been extended by a week because of industrial action https://www.gov.uk/government/news/extra-time-for-tax-credits-renewals”

Local welfare schemes under threat in your area?

In Other benefit & tax credit issues. Last updated today at 10.27 by shawn

“more on the High Court action - Islington Council, a disabled man in Cheshire and charity Child Poverty Action Group have teamed up to take High Court action against the government over its decision to withdraw vital support for vulnerable people. The council is providing”

ESA Self Selectors

In ESA & other incapacity related benefits. Last updated today at 10.00 by nevip

“Section1(3)(e) Welfare Reform Act 2007. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2007/5/section/1 ”

not getting paid while sick

In ESA & other incapacity related benefits. Last updated today at 9.28 by Paul_Treloar_CPAG

“Only thing I can add is don’t forget that two or more periods of incapacity should be linked if they are separated by less than 8 weeks (p.814 CPAG WBH 2014/15). This means that if her period of incapacity for work can be linked to an”

1st Tier Judge making deciding whether error in law on their own decision

In Decision making and appeals. Last updated 29 July at 22.56 by Garvey

“Hi Claire.  Not sure if both your questions were directed at me or in general.  In theory whilst I’d be happy to have a stab at answering/mooting both questions (albeit in a collegiate environment), this thread’s topic as posted by”

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