Universal credit adverts from government ‘deliberately misleading’, say charities – The Independent

‘A coalition of more than 80 benefit charities has submitted a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority over government ads for Universal Credit which they claim are “deliberately misleading”.’

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The Independent, 19th June 2019

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Bereaved mother entitled to widow allowance – Supreme Court – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted September 5th, 2018 in appeals, cohabitation, human rights, news, social security, Supreme Court, widows by sally

‘An unmarried mother has won a landmark Supreme Court case which could allow cohabitees to claim Widowed Parent’s Allowance, a benefit previously only applicable to married parents.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 31st August 2018

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Lettings Agents are Discriminating Against Housing Benefit Tenants, says Shelter – Rights Info

Posted August 23rd, 2018 in benefits, equality, housing, landlord & tenant, news, reports, social security by sally

‘An investigation by Shelter has found many letting agents are refusing to rent to tenants who receive housing benefits.’

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Rights Info, 22nd August 2018

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Group jailed for 47 years after £450,000 maternity payment scam – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted July 19th, 2018 in benefits, conspiracy, fraud, press releases, sentencing, social security by tracey

‘Twelve people who plotted to claim more than £450,000 in maternity payments for babies which did not exist have been jailed for 47 years today (18 July). The defendants, who included members of the same family and their partners and friends, made at least 158 fraudulent applications for maternity allowance over the course of 52 months.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 18th July 2018

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The Landmark Legal Challenge to Universal Credit System Explained – Rightsinfo

Posted February 12th, 2018 in benefits, disabled persons, judicial review, news, social security by tracey

‘A controversial new social security benefit, currently being rolled out across the UK, is facing a major legal challenge. But what’s the challenge all about and what impact might it have?’

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Rightsinfo, 8th February 2018

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Universal credit system faces landmark legal challenge – The Guardian

Posted February 5th, 2018 in benefits, disabled persons, health, news, social security by sally

‘A terminally ill man has won the right to launch a landmark legal challenge to the government over its introduction of universal credit after the controversial new benefits system left him significantly worse off.’

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The Guardian, 4th February 2018

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‘Quadriplegic’ fraudster who claimed over £500,000 in benefits caught pushing wheelchair-bound wife around – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 1st, 2018 in benefits, carers, disabled persons, fraud, news, social security by tracey

‘A benefits cheat who claimed he had no use of his arms and legs conned the authorities for 15 years – until he was spotted walking around town pushing his wheelchair-bound wife.’

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Daily Telegraph, 31st January 2018

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‘Someone has to make a stand’: widow’s battle for cohabiting couples – The Guardian

‘Siobhan McLaughlin’s case goes before supreme court as pressure grows to end legal inequality.’

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The Guardian, 27th January 2018

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UK sick pay legislation is in breach of EU law – The Independent

Posted January 25th, 2018 in EC law, news, remuneration, self-employment, sick leave, social security by tracey

‘Statutory sick pay and social protections for jobless and self-employed people in the UK are in breach of legal obligations under European law, the Council of Europe has found.’

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The Independent, 24th January 2018

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The Bedworth bedroom conundrum – Nearly Legal

Posted January 4th, 2018 in benefits, housing, local government, news, regulations, social security by sally

‘A very interesting (and perhaps surprising) Upper Tribunal 3 judge decision on the issue of ‘what is a bedroom’ for the purposes of Housing Benefit Reg 13 – the bedroom tax.’

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Nearly Legal, 31st December 2017

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Businessman jailed for tax evasion and benefit fraud – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted December 5th, 2017 in benefits, fraud, press releases, sentencing, social security, tax evasion by tracey

‘A bar and garage owner who fraudulently avoided more than £340,000 in tax and national insurance by failing to register the premises has been jailed for four years.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 4th December 2017

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Keir Starmer: make funding for women’s refuges mandatory – The Guardian

Posted November 28th, 2017 in benefits, domestic violence, housing, news, social security, social services, victims, women by sally

‘Keir Starmer, the shadow cabinet member and former chief prosecutor, has called for mandatory funding for refuges amid criticism over a shake-up of funding for women’s services.’

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The Guardian, 27th November 2017

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R (HC) v SSWP – Arden Chambers

Posted November 23rd, 2017 in appeals, carers, news, social security, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Supreme Court has held that legislation designed to limit the rights of Zambrano carers to claim certain types of social assistance, including assistance under Pt 7, Housing Act 1996, was lawful.’

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Arden Chambers, 15th November 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

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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 told shoplifter: “I didn’t know that people who were on benefits were into Champagne?” – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 5th, 2017 in conditional discharge, costs, judges, news, social security, theft by sally

‘A judge told shoplifter: “I didn’t know that people who were on benefits were into Champagne?”‘

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Daily Telegraph, 4th 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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What is the no recourse to public funds condition? – Free Movement

Posted February 21st, 2017 in benefits, crime, freedom of movement, immigration, news, social security by sally

‘The “no recourse to public funds” condition is imposed on grants of limited leave to enter or remain with the effect of prohibiting the person holding that leave from accessing certain defined public funds. A person who claims public funds despite such a condition is committing a criminal offence and there may well be future immigration consequences as well, as any existing leave can be curtailed or a future application refused.’

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Free Movement, 21st February 2017

Source: www.freemovement.org.uk