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Pathway plans and duties

In R(A) v Lambeth LBC [2010] EWHC 1652 (Admin) (Claim 1) and [2010] EWHC 2439 (Admin) (Claim 2), Kenneth Parker J considered first whether it was proper for a personal advisor to complete a ChIldren Act 1989 pathway plan, and, secondly, the degree...

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DWP Research: HB & LHA

The DWP has snuffled out (it seems like the best expression but apologies for it) three research reports on the impact of the local housing allowance.  Of course, these reports are largely out of date as a result of recent announcements about the...

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HB and IS: Breaking the link

Readers will be aware that, once an assessment of income and capital has been made for income support (IS) purposes so that a claimant is entitled to IS, a housing benefit (HB) authority is generally bound by that decision so that HB should follow...

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Notification of Nothing

LB Croydon v Shanahan [2010] EWCA Crim 98 Ms Shanahan was tried on three offences under section 111A(1A) of the Social Security Administration Act 1992. These were: Count 1 between 24 June 2004 and 12 December 2006, she dishonestly failed to notify...

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Housing benefit: Two decisions

Two HB decisions from the Upper Tribunal, Administrative Appeals Chamber have appeared, which are interesting because they demonstrate the approach of the Tribunal to the construction of the HB Regs (Torbay Borough Council v RF [2010] UKUT 7 (AAC)...

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