Cellar slave girl: Salford couple must pay victim £100,000 – BBC News

‘A deaf girl from Pakistan kept as a slave for nine years by a millionaire couple from Salford is to receive £100,000 in compensation.’

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BBC News, 15th October 2014

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Bedroom Tax: Upper Tribunal on Article 14 – NearlyLegal

Posted October 7th, 2014 in benefits, disability discrimination, news, Scotland, social security, tribunals by sally

‘Following my plaintive cry here, I now have copies of the two Upper Tribunal judgments from Scotland referred to by the DWP. And, while the judgments do do something rather more and rather different to the outcomes suggested in the DWP Circular, sadly, what they actually do is worse.’

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NearlyLegal, 6th October 2014

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Bedroom tax and human rights FTT miscellany – NearlyLegal

Posted August 26th, 2014 in appeals, benefits, disabled persons, human rights, news, social security, tribunals by tracey

‘No less than four FTT bedroom tax appeal decision have come my way lately. Three of them concern successful appeals on human rights Article 14 discrimination or Article 8 family life grounds. One is a clear room size decision with an interesting footnote on tenancy agreements.’

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NearlyLegal, 24th August 2014

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Local authority’s ‘benefit tourism’ rule discriminated against residents – The Guardian

‘A local authority acted illegally when it introduced strict residency criteria designed to prevent it becoming a magnet for “benefit tourists” priced out of high-cost areas of London and the south-east by welfare reforms, a judge has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 30th July 2014

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New measures to tighten up the immigration system – Home Office

‘A new crackdown on immigration abuses was announced today by the Prime Minister and the Home Secretary as part of the government’s long-term economic plan to secure a better future for Britain.’

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Home Office, 29th July 2014

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Temporary accommodation at a peppercorn rent – NearlyLegal

Posted July 3rd, 2014 in benefits, carers, housing, immigration, local government, news, social security by sally

‘This is a fascinating judicial review case. While the specific facts might only apply to a very few people, there is an interesting principle in it which may have wider application.’

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NearlyLegal, 2nd July 2014

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St Prix v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (AIRE Centre intervening) – WLR Daily

Posted June 24th, 2014 in benefits, EC law, employment, law reports, pregnancy, social security by sally

St Prix v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (AIRE Centre intervening) (Case C-507/12; ECLI:EU:C:2014:2007; [2014] WLR (D) 275

‘A woman who gave up work, or looking for work, because of the physical constraints of the late stages of pregnancy and the aftermath of childbirth retained the status of “worker”, within the meaning of article 45FEU of the FEU Treaty, provided she returned to work or found another job within a reasonable period after the birth of her child.’

WLR Daily, 19th June 2014

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Bootle benefits fraud woman ‘invented’ six children – BBC News

Posted June 17th, 2014 in benefits, fraud, news, sentencing, social security by sally

‘A woman who invented six children in order to claim extra state benefits, has been jailed for a year.’

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BBC News, 16th June 2014

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Judicial review to go ahead on impact of ‘bedroom tax’ on separated families – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 6th, 2014 in benefits, families, housing, human rights, news, social security by tracey

‘Human rights campaign group Liberty has been given permission by a High Court judge to bring a judicial review claim over the impact of the Government’s spare-room subsidy or “bedroom tax” on separated families with shared custody of children.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd May 2014

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Women in burial and fraud case must repay £90,000 – BBC News

‘Two women who were jailed after burying a man in a garden and claiming his benefits have been ordered to repay almost £90,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.’

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BBC News, 28th April 2014

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Asylum-seeker subsistence payments defeat for government in high court – The Guardian

Posted April 10th, 2014 in asylum, benefits, costs, news, social security by sally

‘The home secretary, Theresa May, has been ordered to review the level of benefits paid to asylum seekers after the high court ruled that she acted unlawfully in freezing essential living needs payments.’

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The Guardian, 9th April 2014

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Room for manoeuvre – Hardwicke Chambers

‘In R (on the application of MA & Ors) v The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Respondent) and The Equality and Human Rights Commission (Intervener) [2014] EWCA 13 the Court of Appeal has rejected appeals against the dismissal of claims for a judicial review of the so-called “bedroom tax”, bringing to an end – for the time being at least – months of speculation about the lawfulness of arguably the most controversial aspect of the Government’s welfare reform programme.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 12th March 2014

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Housing benefit changes distress disabled people, say MPs – BBC News

‘Changes to housing benefit in England, Scotland and Wales are creating “financial hardship and distress” for disabled people, MPs have warned.’

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BBC News, 2nd April 2014

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Room use and Uratemp – NearlyLegal

Posted March 18th, 2014 in appeals, benefits, disabled persons, housing, news, social security by tracey

‘A successful FTT bedroom tax appeal in Birkenhead has raised some new questions over ‘room use’ as an argument.’

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NearlyLegal, 17th March 2014

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Why the human rights challenge to the ‘bedroom tax’ failed – Garden Court Chambers Blog

Posted March 18th, 2014 in appeals, benefits, disabled persons, housing, human rights, news, social security by tracey

‘Desmond Rutledge examines why the Court of Appeal in MA and Others refused to apply the reasoning in Burnip to disabled adults in the social sector who need an extra bedroom.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 17th March 2014

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Forde and McHugh Ltd v Revenue and Customs Commissioners – WLR Daily

Posted February 28th, 2014 in law reports, national insurance, pensions, social security by sally

Forde and McHugh Ltd v Revenue and Customs Commissioners [2014] UKSC 14; [2014] WLR (D) 99

‘Contributions made by a company into a funded unapproved retirement benefits scheme in favour of one of its directors did not constitute the director’s “earnings” for the purposes of section 6(1) of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992 and thus the company was not liable to pay national insurance contributions in respect of the value of the contribution.’

WLR Daily, 26th February 2014

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Cap on housing benefit is lawful, says Court of Appeal – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The Court of Appeal has rejected on all grounds a claim that the cap on housing benefit amounted to unlawful discrimination against women.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 26th February 2014

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Stephen Worton jailed for £58,000 benefits fraud – BBC News

Posted February 25th, 2014 in benefits, fraud, news, sentencing, social security by sally

‘A benefits cheat filmed riding an elephant in India, walking unaided and getting into a van while claiming he was too ill to work has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 24th February 2014

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Geoffrey Sturdey: Three sentenced on burial charges – BBC News

‘Two women who failed to report the death of a man and went on to claim his benefits have been jailed for 20 months.’

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BBC News, 17th February 2014

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Buckingham Palace protester jailed – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 16th, 2014 in demonstrations, news, offensive weapons, sentencing, social security, trespass by tracey

‘A man who staged a stunt in which he leapt over a vehicle barrier at Buckingham Palace armed with a knife as a protest against his Incapacity Benefit being stopped has been jailed for 16 months.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th January 2014

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