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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

92 topics; 528 replies
Latest topic: EU Nationals and temporary eligibility for welfare benefits?? 3 Jul 2020 at 11:33 am by Martin Williams

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

73 topics; 653 replies
Latest topic: Severe drop in PIP and AA aplications 3 Jul 2020 at 05:32 pm by Mike Hughes

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

30 topics; 136 replies
Latest topic: SEISS and ESA new style 22 Jun 2020 at 10:24 am by SarahBatty

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

65 topics; 189 replies
Latest topic: Legal challenge to lockdown 3 Jul 2020 at 11:18 am by nevip

Universal credit migration

Universal credit migration

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

362 topics; 2897 replies
Latest topic: Legacy benefit run on when claiming UC 3 Jul 2020 at 04:07 pm by Ianb

Universal credit administration

Universal credit administration

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

1748 topics; 9307 replies
Latest topic: [2020] EWCA Civ 778 and people paid 4 weekly 1 Jul 2020 at 08:04 am by Timothy Seaside

Housing costs

Housing costs

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

1935 topics; 8760 replies
Latest topic: Mixed age couple on Housing Benefit on 14 May 2019 3 Jul 2020 at 08:21 pm by Paul_Treloar_AgeUK

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

2643 topics; 13171 replies
Latest topic: When savings have fallen with an existing award can the reduction in tariff income be backdated if ESA are not informed immediately? 2 Jul 2020 at 03:32 pm by Gareth Morgan

Conditionality and sanctions

Conditionality and sanctions

Universal credit, JSA and ESA conditionality and sanctions issues

57 topics; 243 replies
Latest topic: PLP benefit sanctions project 5 Jun 2020 at 03:54 pm by Ros

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

89 topics; 325 replies
Latest topic: Entitlement of a refugee with pre-flight child to a Sure Start Maternity Grant 26 Jun 2020 at 05:21 pm by ZoeHBF

Residence issues

Residence issues

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

270 topics; 1520 replies
Latest topic: NINo and PIP claim 2 Jul 2020 at 12:14 pm by James Craig

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

1172 topics; 4863 replies
Latest topic: tax credit third party consent 29 Jun 2020 at 02:16 pm by JAS1

Disability benefits

Disability benefits

Personal independence payment, attendance allowance and other disability benefits

1825 topics; 9261 replies
Latest topic: Does a (corporate) appointee have to attend an appeal? 3 Jul 2020 at 10:16 am by Rosie W

Benefits for older people

Benefits for older people

Pension credit, retirement pension and other benefits for older people

436 topics; 1908 replies
Latest topic: State Pension potential backdate/compensation 23 Jun 2020 at 09:24 am by Paul_Treloar_AgeUK

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

1131 topics; 4368 replies
Latest topic: Carers Allowance 2 Jul 2020 at 08:14 pm by bigbill

Decision making and appeals

Decision making and appeals

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

1016 topics; 5649 replies
Latest topic: Expenses and audio visual appeals 3 Jul 2020 at 06:02 pm by Stainsby

Equalities and human rights

Equalities and human rights

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

59 topics; 93 replies
Latest topic: EHRC launches review of Home Office actions affecting Windrush generation 12 Jun 2020 at 12:21 pm by Stuart

Other areas of social welfare law

Other areas of social welfare law

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

572 topics; 1542 replies
Latest topic: Important win for homeless families in Lambeth 26 Jun 2020 at 02:22 pm by shawn mach

Advice sector issues

Advice sector issues

Issues affecting the wider advice sector, including funding, legal aid, and policy & practice

955 topics; 4057 replies
Latest topic: GMWRAG is out of lockdown 3 Jul 2020 at 05:20 pm by Mike Hughes

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

13 topics; 256 replies
Latest topic: rightsnet chimpions league update 3 Jul 2020 at 03:54 pm by Paul_Treloar_AgeUK