Supreme Court rejects appeal by Zambrano carer over provision – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 17th, 2017 in benefits, carers, children, EC law, housing, human rights, news, Supreme Court by tracey

‘The Supreme Court has this week rejected a claim that the denial of mainstream welfare and housing provision to a Zambrano carer and her child was unlawful.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th November 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Government appeals against High Court ruling that benefit cap ’causes misery to no good purpose’ – Independent

Posted October 25th, 2017 in appeals, benefits, families, news by michael

‘The Government has launched an appeal against a ruling that its controversial benefits cap unlawfully discriminates against lone parents with children under two.’

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Independent, 24th October 2017

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Dentist fines: Mistakes over addresses hitting thousands – BBC News

Posted October 25th, 2017 in benefits, dentists, fines, health, medical records, mistake, news by michael

‘Many fines incorrectly imposed after dental treatment are because of mistakes over patients’ addresses, says a health watchdog.’

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BBC News, 24th October 2017

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Two-child limit on benefit claims to be challenged in court – The Guardian

Posted October 18th, 2017 in benefits, children, judicial review, news, tax credits by sally

‘The government is facing a high court challenge to its two-child limit on benefit claims, the basis for the hugely controversial “rape clause” policy, it has emerged.’

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The Guardian, 17th October 2017

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The Universal Credit Row and Our Basic Human Rights – RightsInfo

Posted October 10th, 2017 in benefits, human rights, news, sanctions, social security, women by sally

‘Universal Credit is a new social security benefit that’s currently being rolled out across the UK.

Several politicians and charities – including some within Theresa’s May Government – have asked for the new scheme to be paused or stopped. But how does this relate to our human rights?’

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RightsInfo, 9th October 2017

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Council agrees to review 500+ benefit applications after tribunal appeal delays – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 28th, 2017 in appeals, benefits, delay, news, social security, tribunals by sally

‘A city council has agreed to review more than 500 benefit applications after the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman found delays in its appeals process.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th September 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Disability benefits cheat who spent holidays quad biking and scuba diving sentenced – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted September 27th, 2017 in benefits, fraud, news, sentencing, suspended sentences by tracey

‘A woman who claimed £65,000 in disability benefit over 21 years but spent holidays scuba diving and riding quad bikes has been sentenced to 18 months in prison, suspended for two years today (25 September).’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 25th September 2017

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Snorkelling benefits cheat sentenced for ‘barefaced lies’ – BBC News

Posted September 26th, 2017 in benefits, fraud, news, sentencing, social security by sally

‘A benefits cheat caught out by holiday photos showing her snorkelling has been given an 18-month suspended jail term.’

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BBC News, 25th September 2017

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Judge attacks Department for Work and Pensions for failing to tackle benefits cheats – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 13th, 2017 in benefits, delay, fraud, government departments, judges, news by tracey

‘A judge has attacked the Department for Work and Pensions for failing to tackle benefits cheats and said he thinks they should be forced to pay back money sooner.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th September 2017

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DWP spends £39m defending decisions to strip benefits from sick and disabled people – The Independent

‘Freedom of Information requests have exposed how taxpayers’ money has been spent on futile legal battles to prevent vulnerable people receiving help.’

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The Independent, 29th August 2017

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Illegal subletting – an ‘elaborate farrago of lies’ – Nearly Legal

Posted August 15th, 2017 in appeals, benefits, housing, landlord & tenant, news, repossession, social security by sally

‘Ms Afsana Begum and Mr Mohammed Rohim were the joint assured tenants of Poplar Housing from October 2014. The property was a two bed flat. The rent was paid in full by housing benefit. In August 2015, Poplar received a tip off that the property was being sub let. On investigation, Ms B had financial links to another flat nearby, her mother’s.’

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Nearly Legal, 13th August 2017

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UK judges rule DWP wrong to deny appeals over refused benefits – The Guardian

‘The Department for Work and Pensions has been unlawfully stopping people going to tribunal to appeal against decisions to refuse them benefits, three senior judges have ruled.’

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The Guardian, 4th August 2017

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Ex-soldier jailed for disability benefits fraud after Kilimanjaro climb – The Guardian

Posted August 4th, 2017 in benefits, fraud, news, sentencing by sally

‘A former paratrooper who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and won a triathlon while fraudulently claiming thousands of pounds in disability benefit has been jailed.’

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The Guardian, 3rd August 2017

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Self-employed workers do not have the same rights as employees under EU law, confirms the Court of Appeal – Free Movement

‘In the case of Hrabkova v Secretary of State for Work and Pension [2017] EWCA Civ 794, the Court of Appeal confirmed once again that self-employed individuals do not have the same rights as workers under EU law. The specific question in this case was whether a person with a child at school who had been self employed and ceased work might be entitled to claim Employment Support Allowance.’

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Free Movement, 2nd July 2017

Source: www.freemovement.org.uk

Revised Benefit Cap Unlawfully Discriminates Against Lone Parents With Children Under Two, High Court Rules – Garden Court Chambers

‘In a robustly worded judgment handed down today, Mr Justice Collins found the revised benefits cap operated to unlawfully discriminate lone parents with children under the age of two and those children under the age of two.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 22nd June 2017

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Whether a Room is a “Bedroom” for the Purposes of the Bedroom Tax – Garden Court Chambers

‘In Secretary of State for Work and Pensions v The City of Glasgow Council & IB [2017] CSIH 35, 31 May 2017 (Lord Brodie, Lady Clark of Calton and Lord Glennie) the Court of Session in Scotland considered what factors should be taken into account in establishing whether a room is a bedroom for the purposes of Reg B13 of the Housing Benefit Regulations 2006 SI 2013 (the bedroom tax).’

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Garden Court Chambers, 3rd July 2017

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“Real misery is being caused to no good purpose” – Nearly Legal

‘This was the judicial review of the ‘reduced’ benefit cap – £20,000 pa outside London, £23,000 in London, brought by claimants who were all single mothers with children, including children under two years old. The claim was on the basis that the regulations were discriminatory, either against women as the majority of single parents, or against the children, on the basis that single parents of children under two years old were not able to ‘escape’ the cap by obtaining 16 hours or more a week of employment.’

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Nearly Legal, 25th June 2017

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Cap on benefits for single parents with toddlers ruled unlawful in landmark judgment – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 23rd, 2017 in benefits, class actions, families, government departments, judges, news, poverty by tracey

‘A central plank of the Government’s benefit reform programme has suffered a major setback after a High Court judge ruled it was unlawful and was causing “real misery” to single parents and their children.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd June 2017

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The Tribunal unleashed – Nearly Legal

Posted April 28th, 2017 in appeals, benefits, housing, human rights, news, regulations by tracey

‘This was the DWP’s appeal to the Upper Tribunal of the First Tier Tribunal’s decision on the Carmichael’s bedroom tax appeal.’

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Nearly Legal, 27th April 2017

Source: www.nearlylegal.co.uk/blog/

Government unveils eight-page ‘rape assessment form’ for mothers hit by tax credit cuts – The Independent

Posted April 7th, 2017 in benefits, news, rape, taxation by tracey

‘Women who have a child conceived due to rape will have to fill in an eight-page form to prevent the Government from withdrawing their tax credits.’

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The Independent, 6th April 2017

Source: www.independent.co.uk