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Welfare Reform on the Web (May 2003): Social Security - UK

ALARM AT SURGE IN DISABILITY CLAIMS

D. Turner

Financial Times, March 31st 2003, p. 9

The number of people receiving money to help them cope with the cost of disability has risen by more than a million in less than a decade, raising concerns about the physical and mental health of Britain.

CHILD TRUST FUNDS: ENHANCING OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG ADULTS

R. Shukla

Child Right, no. 194, 2003, p. 8-9

The child trust fund is an innovative policy that would endow all new-born babies with a state-provided lump sum at birth. This endowment would accumulate until, at 18, the account holder would have access to a nest egg to invest in their future.

COUNTDOWN TO "D-day" FOR FATHERS

A. Worwood

Family Law, Mar. 2003, p. 191-194

Explains the new system for the calculation of child maintenance payable by non-resident parents which came into force on 3 March, 2003. The non-resident parent will pay a fixed percentage of his net income according to the number of children, irrespective of the income of the resident parent and any new partner.

POOREST HOUSEHOLDS FAIL TO CLAIM £5BN OF BENEFITS A YEAR

P. Waugh

The Independent, March 28th 2003, p. 13

Britains poorest households are failing to claim more than £5bn a year in benefits to which they are entitled. Statistics from the Department for Work and Pensions prove that the take-up levels of income support, housing benefit, council tax benefit and job seeker's allowance all fell in 2000-01.

(See also Financial Times, March 28th 2003, p. 5)

PROACTIVE, TARGETED ADVICE FOR OLDER PEOPLE IN GENERAL PRACTICE

D. Toeg and others

Health and Social Care in the Community, Vol. 11, 2003, p. 124-128

Project assessed a welfare benefits and advice screening programme offered to patients over the age of 80 registered with a single general practice. Found that an overall total of £137,819 was gained in increased annual income amongst the screened patients, and a further £11,433 was awarded in one-off payments. Elderly patients within the practice were underclaiming benefits and had many previously unidentified needs. Primary care proved to be an effective base for the delivery of advice.

web linkTHE SOCIAL SECURITY (INCAPACITY FOR WORK) (GENERAL) AMENDMENT REGULATIONS 2003: [CONSULTATION]

Department for Work and Pensions

2003

A person with insufficient points under the Personal Capability Assessment and who is not exempt from the assessment may be treated as incapable of work under exceptional circumstances. The proposed amendment provides for a tightening of the categories of these exceptional circumstances.

TACKLING BENEFIT FRAUD

National Audit Office

London: TSO, 2003 (House of Commons papers session 2002/03; HC 393)

Begins by discussing the current scale and nature of benefit fraud. Goes on to evaluate benefit fraud investigation by the Department for Work and Pensions and measures by local authorities to combat Housing Benefit fraud.

WHO USES WELFARE BENEFITS ADVICE SERVICES IN PRIMARY CARE?

S. Abbott and L. Hobby

Health and Social Care in the Community, vol. 11, 2003, p. 168-174

There is considerable interest amongst organisations such as primary care trusts in commissioning welfare benefits advice services in primary healthcare settings. Paper reports demographic and health related data about users who took part in a national study of such services. Provides information about the clients whom primary-care based services are reaching.

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