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Today — last updated 15:55

Increase in number of waiting days for JSA and ESA from three to seven in Northern Ireland

New statutory rule introduces increase from 27 October 2014

Data matching exercise between HMRC’s Real Time Information and housing benefit departments

New DWP guidance to local authorities on initiative that will target around 223,000 housing benefit cases between October 2014 and February 2015

22 September

Repeal of bedroom tax ‘can’t come soon enough’, says Rachel Reeves

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary also tells party conference that Labour will deliver real reform of work capability assessment, with disabled people given 'clear rights and a real say'

Shadow Chancellor sets out Labour Party’s welfare priorities

Today's speech to party conference outlines measures including cap on increase in child benefit to one per cent for two years and further restrictions on benefits for people from abroad

19 September

DWP to share information with social landlords for tenants claiming universal credit

DWP launches consultation on draft regulations

DWP collecting evidence of which welfare reforms are affecting successful DHP claimants

New housing benefit guidance

Personal budget payments for children with special educational needs disregarded for purposes of housing benefit

New DWP guidance

Student disregards for books, equipment and travel frozen for the fifth consecutive year

New HB guidance also advises that higher permitted work disregard to increase from 1 October 2014 due to rise in national minimum wage

One in five individuals in the troubled families programme since April 2012 achieved a 'P45 employment start'

However, new DWP statistics show that, of these, only half became sustained job outcomes

SSAC consults on government's intention to introduce seven waiting days at the start of a universal credit claim

Proposal applies to all the elements of the universal credit award including amounts for children, housing and childcare

18 September

Treatment of maternity allowance for women who ‘help out’ in their husband’s or civil partner’s business when assessing JSA entitlement

New regulations issued in Northern Ireland

Around a quarter of people completing the Work Programme are in work at the two year point

New DWP statistics also show that, after one year on the Programme, one in eight had achieved a job outcome

17 September

79 per cent of disability living allowance reassessments lead to personal independence payment award

New DWP statistics also show that, by end of July 2014, 200,000 of the 490,000 new claims for personal independence payment had been cleared

Almost 600,000 jobseekers on Work Programme have found work, says welfare to work provider representative body

New figures from Employment Related Services Association ahead of official DWP statistics tomorrow

11,070 people were on the universal credit caseload on 14 August 2014

New DWP statistics also show that more than 80 per cent of caseload from jobcentres in North West of England

16 September

Government agrees to reconsider decision to cease funding for local welfare provision

Following intervention by CPAG in a judicial review challenge, there will now be a consultation and impact assessment before a new decision is made

Affordable accommodation and action on low pay are best ways of reducing housing benefit bill, says Chartered Institute for Housing

New report argues that short term measures, such as bedroom tax and benefit cap, do nothing to tackle the causes of welfare dependency

15 September

Office for Budget Responsibility should monitor and forecast child poverty levels, says Joseph Rowntree Foundation

New report also calls for comprehensive strategy 'to move from treating the symptoms of poverty to fundamentally tackling its causes'

12 September

Removal of requirement that employers report details of statutory sick pay

New statutory instrument makes changes following abolition of percentage threshold scheme

DWP awarded around 79,000 short term benefit advances in 2013/2014

Pensions Minister also confirms that average award was approximately £57

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Today — last updated 14.19

CI/2360/2013 — Recording of tribunal hearing (but not any accompanying paper notes) is record of proceedings — [2014] UKUT 323 (AAC)

Commissioner / Judge: Gray

CE/2918/2013 — Tribunal erred in law in deciding claimant did not have limited capability for work-related activity — [2014] UKUT 286 (AAC)

Commissioner / Judge: Marcus

16 September

CE/324/2014 — When is there a duty to disclose under regulation 32 of the claims and payments regulations — [2014] UKUT 282 (AAC)

Commissioner / Judge: Mesher

15 September

CE/4478/2013 — Duty of tribunal to remedy Secretary of State's failure to alert claimant to regulation 35 using powers including holding domiciliary hearing — [2014] UKUT 371 (AAC)

Commissioner / Judge: Jacobs

10 September

CE/1021/2014 — Whether verbal aggression is sufficient to satisfy activity 17 — [2014] UKUT 363 (AAC)

Commissioner / Judge: Rowley

5 September

CH/2530/2013 — Whether a local authority has jurisdiction to revise or supersede a decision that has been dealt with by a First-tier Tribunal. — [2014] UKUT 277 (AAC)

Commissioner / Judge: Wright

4 September

CE/4094/2013 — Tribunal should consider regulation 29 if evidence suggests that it may apply — [2014] UKUT 303 (AAC)

Commissioner / Judge: Gray

1 September

CE/4095/2013 — Consideration of Med 3 when assessing if claimant satisfies regulation 29 — [2014] UKUT 278 (AAC)

Commissioner / Judge: Ward

29 August

CDLA/643/2014 — Whether a child should be allowed to give evidence or attend a hearing — [2014] UKUT 275 (AAC)

Commissioner / Judge: Jacobs

CE/3939/2013 — The meaning of ‘always’ in descriptor 16(a) - social engagement — [2014] UKUT 268 (AAC)

Commissioner / Judge: Williams

28 August

CE/329/2014 — Tribunal wrong to hold paper hearing after claimant had said she could not attend but wanted husband to represent her — [2014] UKUT 217 (AAC)

Commissioner / Judge: Wright

CPC/2423/2013 — Date of birth should be decided by evidence not assumption — [2014] UKUT 249 (AAC)

Commissioner / Judge: Williams

CTC/1585/2012 — What amounts to ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for the purposes of working tax credit — [2014] UKUT 251 (AAC)

Commissioner / Judge: Rowland

27 August

CH/48/2014 — For what period should earnings paid in arrears be attributed for the purposes of housing benefit — [2014] UKUT 368 (AAC)

Commissioner / Judge: West

CE/3183/2013 — Construction and application of ‘social engagement’ descriptors — [2014] AACR

Commissioner / Judge: Three-Judge Panel

CE/1972/2013 — Construction and application of ‘social engagement’ descriptors — [2014] UKUT 352 (AAC)

Commissioner / Judge: Three-Judge Panel

22 August

CH/18/2014 — Meaning of ‘change of circumstances’ in regulation 67(1) of the Council Tax Benefit Regulations 2006 — [2014] UKUT 18 (AAC)

Commissioner / Judge: Mark

CE/146/2014 — Tribunal entitled to use ‘Google maps’ to check distances, but must present evidence to appellant for comment — [2014] UKUT 238 (AAC)

Commissioner / Judge: Jacobs

21 August

CPC/3971/2012 — Available benefits not taken from a personal pension scheme count as notional income for PC purposes — [2014] UKUT 246 (AAC)

Commissioner / Judge: Turnbull

CIS/4325/2013 — Winter fuel payment time limits do not breach EU law — [2014] UKUT 259 (AAC)

Commissioner / Judge: White

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ESA appeal, evidence from previous medical

In ESA & other incapacity related benefits. Posted today at 18.23 by Craven CAB welfare benefits

“Client scored 18 points in 2012, then zero points in 2013.  There is no other evidence of an improvement. ESA appeal is with tribunal service. The DWP put both ATOS assessments in the initial bundle. We have submitted that they have not identified a relevant change of”

Misleading Information

In Decision making and appeals. Last updated today at 17.37 by Tony Bowman

“It’s a debt recovery issue rather than a social fund decision-making issue so I agree that omitting a reference to ICE isn’t a problem. But ICE will still be able to deal with administrative complaints and since DWP letters don’t usually refer”

Partners of ESA (couple rate) claimants

In ESA & other incapacity related benefits. Last updated today at 17.05 by Damian

“An amendment to the conditions for entitlement for IRESA was included in s5 of the Welfare Reform Act 2009 - that in order to claim IRESA both members of a couple would have to have LCW. This would have effectively meant that for a couple where”

Child care costs and government funded places for 2 and 3 year olds.

In Working tax credit & child tax credit. Last updated today at 17.00 by victoriatodd

“If i have understood what you are suggesting correctly, then the answer is yes. There is no requirement in tax credits to only claim childcare related to your work. So a lone parent could work 16 hours and claim childcare costs for 30 hours. Victoria”

Electronic TC689 Authority for Intermediary to act)

In Working tax credit & child tax credit. Last updated today at 16.52 by tbidmead

“I’ve not seen that form before - have only done them online via this link: https://online.hmrc.gov.uk/shortforms/form/tc689?dept-name=⊂-dept-name=&location=43&origin=http://www.hmrc.gov.uk”

HB and RTI

In Housing benefit & council tax support. Last updated today at 16.11 by ros

“HB Bulletin A15/2014 attached below -”

Help with dates and linking claims please.

In ESA & other incapacity related benefits. Last updated today at 14.59 by Cordelia

“What has happened to the second claim?  Although no payments were made, the assessment process should have continued.  Has she completed an ESA50 or been for a medical since March?”

Is anybody there?

In Working tax credit & child tax credit. Last updated today at 14.42 by Ben E Fitz

“Don’t hold your breath. The government are quite happy for the system to be broken. Suits their narrative of being tough on claimants, and also suits the picture they want to paint of a system not fit for purpose and crying out for further “”

Scotland’s revenge: The death of UC?

In Universal credit. Last updated today at 14.32 by Phil Cole

“I can really empathise with Bryan on this. The DWP is playing havoc with my already poor grasp of Geography, and now the only place I’m certain of the location of is Wolverhampton. Saltcoats Glasgow makes more sense than Clydebank Wolverhampton. At least it’”

WCA Healthcare Professionals - how much training?

In ESA & other incapacity related benefits. Posted today at 13.50 by Ken Butler

“Hi, Thought that people might be interested in the documents included and linked to in this news story we published yesterday – “Disability Rights UK has just been sent the result of a Freedom of Information (FOI) request regarding the length and type of training for”

Compensation payment from proceeds of crime

In Other benefit & tax credit issues. Last updated today at 13.04 by DManville

“paragraph 12A of sched 10 of teh IS regs disregards payments “in consequence of a personal injury”. Although that’s not exhaustive it’s a start. Was your client injured?”

New House of Commons Library Note on discretionary housing payments

In Housing benefit & council tax support. Posted today at 11.55 by ros

“Introduction to note says - ‘Emerging evidence on the use of DHPs has raised questions around the adoption of different practices by local authorities – leading to allegations of a ‘postcode lottery.’ There are references to disabled tenants (particularly those living in adapted properties) struggling to”

Linking rules

In ESA & other incapacity related benefits. Posted today at 11.45 by Angela Dyer

“Does any one have any experience of how the linking rules work if a client was only receiving assessment phase rate ESA in the previous claim, they had been waiting for a decision for 8 months due to the lengthy delays, they had a gap, their”

child going into residential school

In Personal independence payment & other disability related benefits. Last updated today at 11.44 by stevenmcavoy

“Jon Shaw - 16 September 2014 10:14 PMThanks for the shout out, Kurt. Not all of the book is as easily translatable to what may or may not soon be foreign lands, though… Steven, I think that the issue here is that a residential school for children with”

Can estranged young person in education claim IS for her partner?

In Income support & JSA. Last updated today at 11.34 by nottsadvisor

“Shamelessly bumping this - anyone got any ideas?”

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