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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

164 topics; 873 replies
Latest topic: Reclaiming Tax Credits 21 Oct 2021 at 02:01 pm by Charles

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

110 topics; 957 replies
Latest topic: Benefit calculators and NI changes 21 Oct 2021 at 08:42 am by JoW

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

100 topics; 269 replies
Latest topic: £500 million support fund - are there any details? 15 Oct 2021 at 11:16 am by Andrew Dutton

Universal credit migration

Universal credit migration

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

450 topics; 3382 replies
Latest topic: Will a move to a new area trigger a forced move from ESA to UC? 25 Oct 2021 at 12:31 pm by PandaNBTA

Universal credit administration

Universal credit administration

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

1992 topics; 10411 replies
Latest topic: UC and changes in circumstance 26 Oct 2021 at 10:22 am by Elliot Kent

Housing costs

Housing costs

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

2083 topics; 9366 replies
Latest topic: UC and housing costs 22 Oct 2021 at 03:12 pm by Nicola Hersh

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

2774 topics; 13786 replies
Latest topic: Benefit Safeguards - policy issues 25 Oct 2021 at 05:52 pm by Owen_Stevens

Conditionality and sanctions

Conditionality and sanctions

Universal credit, JSA and ESA conditionality and sanctions issues

62 topics; 278 replies
Latest topic: DWP requiring astonishing range of photo evidence in support of claim for universal credit 21 Oct 2021 at 01:56 pm by shawn mach

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

115 topics; 396 replies
Latest topic: Child Benefit and Local Authority care 21 Oct 2021 at 11:19 am by JoW

Residence issues

Residence issues

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

351 topics; 1870 replies
Latest topic: EU national, off-shore working for foreign employer and UC 25 Oct 2021 at 10:30 am by Tracey D

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

1205 topics; 4972 replies
Latest topic: Shared Lives Payments 21 Oct 2021 at 09:46 am by HB Anorak

Disability benefits

Disability benefits

Personal independence payment, attendance allowance and other disability benefits

1970 topics; 9857 replies
Latest topic: PIP (9 month required period) 15 Oct 2021 at 11:37 am by mand74

Benefits for older people

Benefits for older people

Pension credit, retirement pension and other benefits for older people

484 topics; 2118 replies
Latest topic: pension credit - mixed age couple with NRPF partner 22 Oct 2021 at 01:19 pm by Charles

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

1226 topics; 4843 replies
Latest topic: DWP fails to meet Information Commissioner deadline for possible benefit related deaths 21 Oct 2021 at 02:08 pm by Owen_Stevens

Decision making and appeals

Decision making and appeals

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

1136 topics; 6249 replies
Latest topic: Mandatory reconsideration request refused or ignored 22 Oct 2021 at 11:47 am by Mairi

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 ....

623 topics; 1614 replies
Latest topic: obligations on LA to compensate where poor advice or lack of advice by them led to overpayment of Housing Benefit 11 Oct 2021 at 01:22 pm by Prisca

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

1013 topics; 4396 replies
Latest topic: FOI: 2020 was worst year on record for UK government secrecy 25 Oct 2021 at 05:17 pm 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

25 topics; 446 replies
Latest topic: Debut novel due out15/10/20 4 Oct 2021 at 10:00 am by Mike Hughes