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30 March, 2015

Leaked DWP documents reveal proposals to help cut £12bn from welfare budget by 2017/2018

However, Work and Pensions Secretary tells BBC that 'no decisions have been made' on plans that include limiting child benefit, taxing disability benefits and abolishing contributory JSA and ESA

30 March, 2015

Treasury appoints James Bowler as Director General, Tax and Welfare

New director to ensure 'stable and sustainable tax receipts and effective control and value for money in public spending'

30 March, 2015

Local authorities allocated £14.2m additional funding to support cost of implementing welfare reform

New housing benefit guidance

30 March, 2015

DWP continues to collect evidence of which welfare reforms are affecting successful DHP claimants

New housing benefit guidance

27 March, 2015

DWP confirms that JSA conditionality can be modified for claimants with health conditions who have been found fit for work

New edition of Touchbase also highlights three new pilots involving support for ESA claimants

27 March, 2015

All income-based jobseeker's allowance claimants to be required to complete an 'annual verification' check

New edition of Touchbase confirms that benefit will be suspended if the letter is not returned

27 March, 2015

DWP to introduce a clearance time target for mandatory reconsideration for all benefits

Lord Freud tells House of Lords that target will be introduced first for ESA from April 2016

27 March, 2015

New protocols developed for awarding discretionary housing payments in Wales

Rules, which work alongside DWP guidance, aim to prioritise people who are doing all they can to help themselves

27 March, 2015

Welsh government sets out its revised Child Poverty Strategy for Wales

Report reaffirms Welsh government's ambition to ensure no child is living in poverty by 2020

27 March, 2015

Convention on Social Security between the Government of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Republic of Chile

New regulations issued in Northern Ireland

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29 March, 2015

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Charities express concern re any move by a re-elected Conservative government to target disability benefits independent.co.uk/news/uk/politi…

29 March, 2015

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IDS says that Conservatives may not reveal details of £12bn welfare cuts until after election theguardian.com/politics/2015/…

28 March, 2015

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Conservatives would have to make benefit changes at least as radical as those leaked to find £12bn, say @TheIFS election2015.ifs.org.uk/article/the-se…

28 March, 2015

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Rachel Reeves writes to IDS to demand he comes clean about impact of £12bn benefit cuts on disabled people & carers press.labour.org.uk/post/114794068…

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