Public Funds Part 3: Change of conditions to allow access to public funds – Richmond Chambers

Posted May 26th, 2020 in benefits, chambers articles, immigration, news by sally

‘In this third post, following on from Public Funds Part 1: Public Funds and Coronavirus and Public Funds Part 2: Claiming Child Benefit we consider how to apply for a change of conditions to allow access to public funds, for individuals who are in the UK with limited leave to enter or remain subject to a condition of having no recourse to public funds.’

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Richmond Chambers, 15th May 2020

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Public Funds Part 2: Claiming Child Benefit – Richmond Chambers

Posted May 19th, 2020 in benefits, children, coronavirus, immigration, news by sally

‘In this second post, following on from Public Funds Part 1: Public Funds and Coronavirus we examine the one benefit that can potentially be claimed by migrants subject to the no recourse to public funds condition – child benefit.’

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Richmond Chambers, 15th May 2020

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Public Funds Part 1: Public Funds and Coronavirus – Richmond Chambers

‘No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) is a condition imposed on an individual’s immigration status in the UK, which prevents them from accessing certain benefits and forms of support. This continues to cause concern and particularly more so now for those whose income has been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. This article will form part of a series of 3 articles on public funds and the recent developments in light of the Coronavirus outbreak.’

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Richmond Chambers, 15th May 2020

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Coronavirus: Sex workers ‘should have access to support fund’ – BBC News

Posted May 15th, 2020 in benefits, coronavirus, news, prostitution, remuneration by sally

‘Calls have been made for an emergency fund to support sex workers whose earnings have fallen during the coronavirus crisis.’

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BBC News, 15th May 2020

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London borough defends legal challenge to level of support provided to family with child in need and older sibling – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 15th, 2020 in benefits, children, families, food, local government, news by sally

‘The London Borough of Bexley was entitled to decide not to pay to feed the older brother of a child in need who lived in the same home.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 13th May 2020

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Benefit claimants unlawfully short-changed, court rules – The Guardian

Posted May 13th, 2020 in appeals, benefits, compensation, government departments, human rights, news by sally

‘The government acted unlawfully when it refused to compensate two low-income households left up to £180 a month out of pocket when their legacy benefits were wrongly stopped and they had no choice but to move on to universal credit, the appeal court has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 12th May 2020

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Boy, 8, Wins Legal Bid Against Home Office Policy Which Left Him Street Homeless – Each Other

‘An eight-year-old British boy and his migrant mum were unlawfully made street homeless by a Home Office policy which denied them social security payments, a court has ruled.’

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Each Other, 8th May 2020

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Home Office’s denial of benefits to migrant families unlawful, court rules – The Guardian

‘Lawyers for an eight-year-old British boy have won a ruling that a Home Office policy denying families like his access to the welfare safety net is unlawful.’

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The Guardian, 7th May 2020

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The COVID-19 Self-Employment Income Support Scheme – Thomas More Chambers

Posted May 7th, 2020 in benefits, coronavirus, news, remuneration, self-employment by sally

‘On 26 March 2020 the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced a package of support for Britain’s self-employed workers to help them through the COVID-19 crisis. It became immediately clear that higher earners making profits above £50,000 would lose out. The Chancellor, however, highlighted that it would benefit 95% of people who receive the majority of their income from self-employment and that it was “reasonable, proportionate and fair” to exclude those higher earners. The Treasury estimated that this approximately 3.8 million people would benefit.’

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Thomas More Chambers, 29th April 2020

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Eight-year-old boy takes Home Office to court for denying family benefits – The Guardian

Posted May 7th, 2020 in benefits, children, coronavirus, immigration, judicial review, news by sally

‘An eight-year-old British boy is taking the Home Office to the high court over its policy of denying families like his access to the welfare safety net.’

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The Guardian, 6th May 2020

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Errol Graham death: Judicial review move over DWP policy – BBC News

‘The family of a mentally ill man who starved to death after his benefits were cut have applied for a judicial review of government policy.’

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BBC News, 1st May 2020

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Full-time carer crowd funds investigation into legal challenge over failure to increase Carer’s Allowance during coronavirus pandemic – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 17th, 2020 in benefits, carers, coronavirus, disabled persons, families, news by sally

‘A mother who cares full-time for her severely disabled daughter is crowdfunding an investigation into the potential for a legal challenge over the government’s decision not to increase the Carer’s Allowance in line with other benefits in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th April 2020

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Coronavirus: Single parents take government to court over welfare rules – BBC News

Posted April 3rd, 2020 in benefits, children, coronavirus, families, immigration, news by sally

‘A group of single parents who cannot claim welfare payments because of their migration status are suing the government.’

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BBC News, 3rd April 2020

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Divisional Court to consider application for suspension of ‘no recourse to public funds’ policy – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Divisional Court will this week (3 April) consider whether to suspend the Home Office’s ‘no recourse to public funds’ (NRPF) policy.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 30th March 2020

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Upper Tribunal rules that a British child living with her mother in the UK will not be entitled to Disability Living Allowance if her father is living and working in another EU State – Garden Court Chambers

‘In AH v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2020] UKUT 53 (AAC), the claimant and her parents are British citizens. The parents separated in 2011 but are not divorced. The father moved to live and work in Belgium. In October 2013, the Claimant (the daughter) claimed Disability Living Allowance (DLA) when she was four years old. The care component was awarded at the middle rate, but the award was later removed when the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) became aware that the claimant’s father was living and working in Belgium.’

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Garden Court Chambers, March 2020

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Long term disability benefits: it all depends on the contract – 3PB

‘This appeal concerned a provision about long term disability benefit (“LTDB”) which formed part of the Claimant’s contract of employment. It provided for the employee to receive a Disability Income of 2/3rds of his Base Annual Salary less the State Invalidity Pension should he be absent from, and unable to, work due to sickness or injury for a continuous period of twenty-six weeks or more, which would commence twenty-six weeks after the start of his absence and continue until the earlier date of his “return to work, death or retirement”.’

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3PB, 2nd March 2020

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Charities call for inquiry into deaths linked to benefits cuts – The Guardian

‘Some of the UK’s best known mental health charities and the Royal College of Psychiatrists have jointly called for an independent inquiry into the deaths of scores of vulnerable people who were reliant on welfare benefits.’

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The Guardian, 11th March 2020

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MPs oppose ‘bedroom tax’ being applied to domestic abuse survivors – BBC News

Posted March 10th, 2020 in benefits, domestic violence, housing, news, parliament by tracey

‘The government must stop applying the so-called “bedroom tax” to domestic abuse survivors fleeing their partners, 44 MPs have written in a letter seen by the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show.’

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BBC News, 10th March 2020

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DWP criticised for ‘incredible secrecy’ over deaths of benefit claimants – The Guardian

‘The head of an influential cross-party committee of MPs has criticised the “incredible secrecy” surrounding the government’s handling of the deaths of vulnerable benefit claimants following the case of Errol Graham, a severely ill man who died of starvation after his benefits were cut off.’

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The Guardian, 1st March 2020

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‘Cover-up’: DWP destroyed reports into people who killed themselves after benefits were stopped – The Independent

Posted February 27th, 2020 in benefits, data protection, government departments, news, suicide by tracey

‘The Department for Work and Pensions has been accused of “a cover-up” after destroying reports into suicides linked to benefits being stopped. Around 50 reviews into deaths following the loss of social security payments before 2015 have been shredded, officials have admitted – blaming data protection laws.’

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The Independent, 26th February 2020

Source: www.independent.co.uk