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April 2016


Legal Action

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RTB for housing association tenants: short-term political gain, long-term public pain...


Problems with CCMS continue

April, 2016 by LAG

CCMS (client and cost management system), the Legal Aid Agency’s (LAA) online system for all applications for civil legal aid, became mandatory from 1 April. This was despite last-ditch calls from LAG and legal aid practitioners for a postponement due to problems with the system.


A ruling by the Court of Protection (COP) will lead to potentially thousands of cases involving the care of people with mental disabilities, such as those resulting from Alzheimer’s disease, being put on hold due to the lack of public funds to pay for their representation.

Opinion and analysis

After nearly three-and-a-half years and with what its chairman, cross-bench peer Lord Colin Low, describes as an ‘unfinished agenda’, the Low Commission on the Future of Advice and Legal Support is winding up. Catherine Baksi assesses its impact and achievements.

Opinion and analysis

Marcia Willis-Stewart column

April, 2016 by Marcia Willis-Stewart

It is still possible to lose a deceased loved one within the system simply because you do not fit the definition of ‘kin’.

Law and practice

Sally Robertson highlights important decisions on carer's allowance, child benefit, disability living allowance, employment and support allowance, home responsibilities protection, income support, jobseeker's allowance, pension credit, personal independence payment, resources and universal credit between June and December 2015.

Law and practice

Social security: update

April, 2016 by Simon Osborne

Simon Osborne outlines recent case law developments regarding the right to reside test.