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COVID-19: Welfare benefit rules and entitlements

COVID-19: Welfare benefit rules and entitlements

Welfare benefit discussion and casework support related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

157 topics; 833 replies
Latest topic: Notifications in UC journals of £20 uplift withdrawal 29 Jul 2021 at 01:05 pm by Daphne

COVID-19: Benefit claims and administration

COVID-19: Benefit claims and administration

Impact of the coronavirus outbreak on benefit claims and administration, and the operation of tribunals dealing with benefit appeals

104 topics; 939 replies
Latest topic: Collecting pensions 28 Jul 2021 at 04:02 pm by Daphne

COVID-19: Employment schemes

COVID-19: Employment schemes

Discussion in relation to furloughed workers and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, and to the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

38 topics; 160 replies
Latest topic: Furlough pay - is this earnings from which a Direct Earnings Attachment can be taken 30 Jul 2021 at 03:36 pm by WR Adviser

COVID-19: Other issues

COVID-19: Other issues

Other issues related to the coronavirue outbreak, including other areas of law and access to justice issues

98 topics; 259 replies
Latest topic: Should vaccinations be compulsory? Historical approach in SS 17 Jun 2021 at 09:51 am by shawn mach

Universal credit migration

Universal credit migration

Issues relating to the transition to universal credit full service, and natural and managed migration

438 topics; 3309 replies
Latest topic: DWP concedes new ‘transitional protection’ judicial review 30 Jul 2021 at 05:06 pm by mycatismo

Universal credit administration

Universal credit administration

Administrative issues relating to universal credit, for example claims, payments, deductions and overpayments

1945 topics; 10189 replies
Latest topic: contacting UC on clients behalf 29 Jul 2021 at 04:18 pm by Diogenes

Housing costs

Housing costs

Housing benefit, and housing costs under universal credit, pension credit and legacy benefits

2058 topics; 9271 replies
Latest topic: Client refused LHA as the property is not registered for council tax 30 Jul 2021 at 05:48 pm by Ianb

Work capability issues and ESA

Work capability issues and ESA

Limited capability for work (LCW) and for work-related activity (LCWRA) under universal credit, and issues relating to ESA

2756 topics; 13721 replies
Latest topic: National Disability Strategy 30 Jul 2021 at 12:50 pm by Mike Hughes

Conditionality and sanctions

Conditionality and sanctions

Universal credit, JSA and ESA conditionality and sanctions issues

61 topics; 256 replies
Latest topic: Benefit Sanctions During Covid-19 - PLP Survey 26 Jul 2021 at 01:04 pm by Caroline Selman

Children and childcare

Children and childcare

Children and childcare issues, including under universal credit, tax credits and pension credit, plus child benefit and guardian’s allowance

107 topics; 371 replies
Latest topic: High Income Child Benefit Charge penalty for failure to notify chargeability 19 Jul 2021 at 11:54 am by shawn mach

Residence issues

Residence issues

Right to reside, habitual residence, EU law and immigration status

333 topics; 1805 replies
Latest topic: Absence from UK in past 2 years 25 Jul 2021 at 08:48 pm by Charles

Income support, JSA and tax credits

Income support, JSA and tax credits

Legacy benefit issues in relation to income support, JSA, working tax credit and child tax credit

1201 topics; 4963 replies
Latest topic: Refugees and backdated Child Tax Credits 30 Jul 2021 at 04:43 pm by Dan Manville

Disability benefits

Disability benefits

Personal independence payment, attendance allowance and other disability benefits

1951 topics; 9800 replies
Latest topic: PIP2 Online / PIP Apply Pilot - Experiences? Are we seeing these regularly? 29 Jul 2021 at 03:20 pm by Wolfie

Benefits for older people

Benefits for older people

Pension credit, retirement pension and other benefits for older people

470 topics; 2065 replies
Latest topic: capital? 23 Jul 2021 at 12:54 pm by dizzymare

Other benefit issues

Other benefit issues

Issues relating to other benefits, for example bereavement benefits, carer's allowance/supplement, statutory payments and the social fund

1209 topics; 4758 replies
Latest topic: Bereavement Support for cohabitees 30 Jul 2021 at 01:30 pm by ROBBO

Decision making and appeals

Decision making and appeals

DWP, local authority and HMRC decision-making, and the mandatory reconsideration and appeal processes

1122 topics; 6186 replies
Latest topic: Refusal to conduct MR unless specific evidence is provided 30 Jul 2021 at 11:21 am by Andyp5 Citizens Advice Bridport & District

Equalities and human rights

Equalities and human rights

Equalities, discrimination and human rights issues, delivered in partnership with the EHRC

62 topics; 99 replies
Latest topic: BSP: NI requirement & disability - anyone know of any cases? 14 May 2021 at 04:51 pm by Lindesay

Other areas of social welfare law

Other areas of social welfare law

Debt, employment, housing, community care and more ....

615 topics; 1597 replies
Latest topic: Case Law - PIP included in affordability of housing costs 16 Jul 2021 at 03:10 pm by Mairi

Access to justice and advice sector issues

Access to justice and advice sector issues

Issues across the access to justice and advice sector, including funding, legal aid, and policy & practice

1003 topics; 4363 replies
Latest topic: Legal Aid: Civil news and updates 30 Jul 2021 at 09:28 am by shawn mach

The Social

The Social

New forum, initially launched in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, designed to support advisers including the many who are now working at home or apart from colleagues

24 topics; 431 replies
Latest topic: How might the football have turned out? 15 Jul 2021 at 03:30 pm by Mike Hughes