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1 December, 2015

Work and Pensions Committee launches inquiry into funeral poverty and bereavement benefits

Inquiry launched in context of BBC freedom of information request showing that cost to local authorities of 'paupers' funerals' has risen by almost 30 per cent in the last four years

1 December, 2015

Facilitating the electronic communication of benefit information

New DWP directions amend existing directions to add references to universal credit and personal independence payment

1 December, 2015

Automated sharing of data from universal credit to support claims to local council tax reduction

New edition of HB Direct advises that new questions have been added to universal credit online claim to establish if claimant has council tax liability

30 November, 2015

Descriptor 9(c) - social support does not need to be given at time claimant engages with other people / tribunal wrong to concentrate on PIP eligibility at date of decision rather than during required period of 12 months

[2015] UKUT 584 (AAC)

27 November, 2015

Whether entitlement to a Danish pension meant a claimant had comprehensive sickness insurance / whether part-time self-employed work was genuine and effective

[2015] UKUT 583 AAC

27 November, 2015

Only 74 per cent of DLA claims reassessed will be successful in a PIP award, estimates Office for Budget Responsibility

Latest evidence from DWP also suggests that PIP reassessments will not be completed until 2018/2019

26 November, 2015

DWP issues Urgent Bulletin following benefit cap High Court judgment

DWP says that it will continue to apply the benefit cap as now whilst it considers its position

26 November, 2015

Failure to exempt people in receipt of carer's allowance from benefit cap is unlawful discrimination in breach of Article 14

[2015] EWHC 3382 (Admin)

26 November, 2015

Benefit uprating 2016/2017

New rates now available

26 November, 2015

Tax credit, child benefit and guardian’s allowance uprating 2016/2017

New rates now available

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1 December, 2015

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Chancellor announces the government will publish its next Budget on Wednesday 16 March 2016 gov.uk/government/new…

1 December, 2015


Bereavement benefits: @CommonsWorkPen launch new inquiry today parliament.uk/business/commi… Here's what we said in Nov: gov.uk/government/pub…

1 December, 2015

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30 November, 2015

Employment case law round up

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Limbless Association

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Royal Borough of Greenwich

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Cystic Fibrosis Trust

Rights and Welfare Advisor

Union of Brunel Students

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Updated 1 December by J.Mckendrick

PIP Descriptor Anomalies

Updated 1 December by Mike Hughes

DLA Nut allergy

Updated 1 December by Gail Knight

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