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How to lower the Benefit Cap – for good

BBC Question Time on St George’s Day (23 April 2015)  featured an announcement by panellist William Hague for the Conservatives about the future of the benefit cap.  Welfare and benefits are not Hague’s strong points, though the same can be said of many other people these days – the sheer complexity of the regulations and regulation-making powers has put paid ... Read More »

The time bombs under the Council Tax

Council tax has been going badly wrong for over a decade, but now two emerging legal problems potentially threaten the lawfulness of council tax debt recovery. Read More »

Arguing the law on council tax

Obtaining a council tax reduction under section 13A is a little-used mechanism, simply because many advisers have not heard of it, nor of the right of appeal to the Valuation Tribunal England. Read More »

What’s become of ‘Freud’s law’?

The March/April 2014 issue of Adviser magazine, published by Citizens Advice, highlights the problem of benefit sanctions and a 64 per cent increase in their use between July and September 2013. Here, the Benefits Legal Group highlights how the law on sanctioning is not being followed. The rise in sanctions detailed by Citizens Advice (CAB) shows that the Department of ... Read More »

The failing ATOS contract: there is a lawful way out

How can the Government get out of its contract with ATOS? Parliament can find a way out of the problems of the failing ATOS contracts with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), using legal principles upheld during World War I. ATOS wants to withdraw from its contract for Work Capability Assessments (WCA) for sick and disabled people receiving Employment ... Read More »

Welfare benefits-related suicides

Coroners are blaming some cases of suicide on the victims' worries about how they will survive without benefits. We outline some of the recent tragedies. Read More »

The cosmic doom awaiting Universal Credit

©  Mike Konopacki 2013

Despite failed IT schemes for magistrates’ courts, the NHS and many sectors of state provision, in its passion to reform welfare, the government has embarked upon the most ambitious plan of all, a single computer system to run Universal Credit. Read More »