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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

149 topics; 815 replies
Latest topic: UC claimant absent from UK in excess of one month, due to covid19 infection 10 May 2021 at 05:21 pm by EKS_COTTON

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

100 topics; 898 replies
Latest topic: Call for evidence on operation of courts and tribunals in response to covid 19 pandemic 6 May 2021 at 03:10 pm by sue1953

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

36 topics; 157 replies
Latest topic: Tenant on UC with own company receiving job retention scheme payment 4 May 2021 at 04:44 pm by Ianb

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

96 topics; 256 replies
Latest topic: Carer’s Allowance, escalation number 28 Apr 2021 at 03:43 pm by JP 007

Universal credit migration

Universal credit migration

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

431 topics; 3257 replies
Latest topic: Disregarded capital for UC- Definition of ’Lone Parent’ 11 May 2021 at 12:47 pm by Prisca

Universal credit administration

Universal credit administration

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

1911 topics; 10034 replies
Latest topic: Making a new UC claim 11 May 2021 at 09:56 am by Rachel1

Housing costs

Housing costs

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

2034 topics; 9174 replies
Latest topic: Can HB award be reinstated? 10 May 2021 at 05:13 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

2736 topics; 13621 replies
Latest topic: Benefit Safeguards - policy issues 6 May 2021 at 10:32 am by Daphne

Conditionality and sanctions

Conditionality and sanctions

Universal credit, JSA and ESA conditionality and sanctions issues

60 topics; 256 replies
Latest topic: would a sanction apply 5 Nov 2020 at 03:31 pm by BC Welfare Rights

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

105 topics; 358 replies
Latest topic: Children living abroad 11 May 2021 at 12:52 pm by Prisca

Residence issues

Residence issues

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

315 topics; 1717 replies
Latest topic: Piggybacking on Settled Status? 11 May 2021 at 09:07 am by Martin Williams

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

1198 topics; 4953 replies
Latest topic: Working tax credit: off sick or furloughed 12 Apr 2021 at 12:23 pm by Daphne

Disability benefits

Disability benefits

Personal independence payment, attendance allowance and other disability benefits

1916 topics; 9647 replies
Latest topic: MH/RJ review questions in the context of 2 cases 10 May 2021 at 05:17 pm by EKS_COTTON

Benefits for older people

Benefits for older people

Pension credit, retirement pension and other benefits for older people

462 topics; 2020 replies
Latest topic: MIxed age UC claim both LCWRA - can either claim carer element/allowance for UC/Council Tax Reduction? 26 Apr 2021 at 11:33 am by Darren

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

1191 topics; 4607 replies
Latest topic: DWP fails to meet Information Commissioner deadline for possible benefit related deaths 10 May 2021 at 10:31 am 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

1103 topics; 6074 replies
Latest topic: PIP payment pending SoR/leave to appeal request 10 May 2021 at 03:14 pm by Dan Manville

Equalities and human rights

Equalities and human rights

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

61 topics; 98 replies
Latest topic: Traveler with No Fixed Abode 8 Feb 2021 at 03:59 pm by Dan Manville

Other areas of social welfare law

Other areas of social welfare law

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

609 topics; 1579 replies
Latest topic: The ’ideal’ homelessness law 11 May 2021 at 01:40 pm by Elliot Kent

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

994 topics; 4303 replies
Latest topic: BAILII gets MoJ lifeline / Has bargain BAILII had its day? 10 May 2021 at 01:54 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

23 topics; 389 replies
Latest topic: How might the football have turned out? 11 May 2021 at 01:36 pm by juliem