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Welfare rights

5 March, 2015

Automatic right to be treated as having limited capability for work on repeat ESA claim made more than six months after being found fit for work to be removed

New statutory instrument provides that, from 30 March 2015, repeat claim will only be accepted if claimant shows new health condition or that existing condition has significantly worsened and also provides that no ESA will be paid pending appeal on repeat claim

5 March, 2015

IIAC publishes reports on role of rebuttal in presumption that disease is due to nature of employment

Concluding that strengthened guidance is needed, Council identifies diseases where presumption should almost always apply and publishes Position Paper on rebuttal and diseases due to multiple causes

5 March, 2015

Mortgate lenders contribution to cost of making payments of mortgage interest directly to them in Northern Ireland

New statutory rule

5 March, 2015

Help with NHS costs

New statutory instrument increases dental charges, increases value of optical vouchers and extends entitlement of universal credit claimants to exemption from NHS charges and assistance with NHS travel costs

5 March, 2015

Calculation of additional state pension in Northern Ireland

New statutory rules

4 March, 2015

Lone parents in Scotland set to lose £1,800 a year by the time welfare reforms come to full fruition

New research, commissioned by the Welfare Reform Committee, also finds little hope that loss of benefit income will be offset by growth in employment income

4 March, 2015

Additional DLA tests for children

[2015] UKUT 18 (AAC)

4 March, 2015

Appeal signed by claimant’s solicitor is validly made

[2015] UKUT 28 (AAC)

4 March, 2015

Calculation and effective date of reduction of widow’s pension due to receipt of guaranteed minimum

[2015] UKUT 33 (AAC)

4 March, 2015

Miscellaneous amendments to social security legislation

New statutory instrument

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4 March, 2015

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The @Low_Commission has published its 2nd report ‘Getting it right in social welfare law’ lowcommission.org.uk/dyn/1425469623…

4 March, 2015

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Deadlines approaching for these advice vacancies at @WandCAB: rightsnet.org.uk/jobs/debt-and-… and Mary Ward Legal Centre: rightsnet.org.uk/jobs/welfare-b…

4 March, 2015

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We're delivering a mandatory reconsideration workshop at Friday's @NAWRA_UK meeting in Stoke. Hope to see you there nawra.org.uk/index.php/meet…

4 March, 2015

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Looking forward to the launch later today of the @Low_Commission's 2nd report: 'Getting it right in social welfare law'

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