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Legal Action

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Editorial

Editorial October 2016

October, 2016 by Steve Hynes

Rent arrears deductions from universal credit payments cause extra hardship and should be reduced

News

News and comment October 2016

October, 2016 by LAG

Justice system reform papers slammed
Big increases in immigration tribunal fees
Use it or lose it: children and legal aid
Hugh Barrett leaves LAA in management restructure
Spreading the word about the benefits of legal advice in health settings
LAG welcomes new chair
Kay Everett 25 November 1972 – 7 August 2016

Opinion and analysis

Douglas Johnson column

October, 2016 by Douglas Johnson

"The government’s refusal to lay disability codes of practice before parliament indicates that it does not support disabled people’s rights.”

Opinion and analysis

The New North London Synagogue’s drop-in centre for asylum-seekers is held in the afternoon of the first Sunday of every month at a primary school in north London. About 100 volunteers serve homemade food and listen to people’s stories, and there are teams of volunteer doctors and lawyers.

Law and practice

Social security: recent developments

October, 2016 by Simon Osborne

Simon Osborne reviews recent case law developments in both means-tested and non-meanstested benefits.

Sally Robertson highlights important decisions on disability living allowance, employment and support allowance, income support, jobseeker’s allowance, pension credit, personal independence payment, and tax credits.