Income Support, Jobseeker’s Allowance, State Pension Credit and the Social Fund is Volume II of the series: Social Security Legislation. The companion volumes are: Hooker, Mesher, Mitchell, Poynter, Ward and Wikeley, Volume I: Non Means Tested Benefits and Employment and Support Allowance; Rowland and Ward, Volume III: Administration, Adjudication and the European Dimension; Wikeley, Mitchell and Hooker, Volume IV: Tax Credits and HMRC-administered Social Security Benefits; and Mesher, Poynter, and Wikeley, Volume V: Universal Credit.
This volume offers practical and up-to-date guidance on the income-related benefits (other than
universal credit, which is covered in Volume V, and income-related employment and support
allowance “(ESA)”, which is to be found in Volume I so that the whole of ESA is in one volume). In addition, it includes “new style” (i.e. contribution-based) jobseeker’s allowance “(JSA)” so that JSA is also covered as a whole in one volume.
It contains all the relevant legislation, including the date and effect of amendments, with detailed commentary taking account of decisions of the courts, the Upper Tribunal and the former Social Security Commissioners, and with easy reference to the definitions of key statutory terms. Tables of cases and Upper Tribunal/Commissioners decisions and a comprehensive index are included to assist the reader. It is an authoritative guide to assist tribunals and tribunal users on the issues that could arise on appeals:
- Income support
- “Old style” and “new style” JSA
- State Pension Credit (“SPC”)
- Social Fund payments including the new Children’s Funeral Fund
- Scottish Best Start Grants and the new Scottish Funeral Expense Assistance
Full coverage is given of the amendments and modifications made in consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic. Problems with those provisions, and in areas where changes that might have been expected were not made, have also been noted.
The editorial team has brought together its academic and practical expertise and knowledge of tribunal practice to produce a guide which will be essential for tribunal judges and members, solicitors, welfare benefits advisers and students.