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Welfare rights news

22 October

Length of time before repeat WCA should be applied following successful appeal by claimant

New DWP guidance based on recommendations in Dr Litchfield's year 4 review

22 October, 2014

UC is a ‘transformational reform, being safely delivered’, according to Iain Duncan Smith

New report also finds that 92 per cent of universal credit claimants are encouraged to find work or increase the amount they are working

22 October, 2014

High Court dismisses challenge to bedroom tax for parents with shared care of children

In new judgment, Court holds that, even if reduction in housing benefit meant that claimants had to move to smaller accommodation where children could no longer live with them, that would not, in itself, be a breach of right to family life

22 October, 2014

Changes to weather stations and postcode districts for social fund cold weather payments purposes

New DWP guidance

22 October, 2014

21 October

More than 100,000 households receive assistance from Scottish Welfare Fund

New statistics also show that £300,000 more awarded in crisis grants for food in period from April to June 2014 than in same quarter last year

21 October, 2014

35,530 people assisted by Access to Work between April 2013 and March 2014

New DWP statistics show increase from 31,510 in previous year

21 October, 2014

20 October

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary writes open letter to Iain Duncan Smith on 'universal credit questions that need answering'

Following visit to universal credit pathfinders in North West, Rachel Reeves highlights continued serious problems with IT system ahead of next year's accelerated roll-out

20 October, 2014

No hope of 2020 child poverty targets being met without radical changes, according to Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission

In new 'State of the Nation' report, Commission says that it's particularly concerned that each of the main political parties is targeting further welfare cuts to balance country's books after 2015

20 October, 2014

17 October

Transition from existing benefits to universal credit

New DWP guidance

17 October, 2014

Circumstances in which jobseekers are entitled to a right to reside in the United Kingdom

New statutory instrument

17 October, 2014

Risk that DWP’s approach to ‘assisted digital’ could lead to a diminished level of accountability

Social Security Advisory Committee publishes response to call for evidence from the House of Lords Digital Skills Select Committee

17 October, 2014

DWP confirms details of further roll out of personal independence payment

Benefit to be extended to existing DLA claimants in four additional areas from November 2014

17 October, 2014

SSAC consults on proposal to take account of past earnings in repeat UC claims

Government intends to take account of surplus earnings to 'protect against potential manipulation of the system by workers'

17 October, 2014

1.6 million pensioners living in poverty

New report from Age UK identifies low benefit take-up as a key reason

17 October, 2014

DWP should have increased its focus on housing benefit fraud and error sooner

New report from the National Audit Office says fraud and error accounts for 5.8 per cent of spending on the benefit

17 October, 2014

16 October

74 per cent of DWP claimants believe there is a need for improvement in the service

New survey carried out by DWP also finds that 50 per cent were dissatisfied with the appeals process

16 October, 2014

Office for Budget Responsibility publishes report on welfare trends in relation to cap on welfare spending

Report finds that forecast for welfare spending subject to a number of important risks and uncertainties and that the three largest of these relate to housing benefit, incapacity benefits and disability benefits

16 October, 2014

Government responds to consultation on persistent child poverty target for 2020

Target to be set at less than 7 per cent despite the majority of respondents calling for a target of less than 5 per cent

16 October, 2014

15 October

Policy Exchange recommends introduction of compulsory unemployment insurance scheme

Under proposals, reported to be being considered by Chancellor, workers would pay at least £5 per week into 'personal welfare account', offset by reduction in national insurance contributions

15 October, 2014

MPs vote in favour of Bill exempting households where someone is entitled to carer's allowance from bedroom tax

Private Member's Bill expected to receive second reading in House of Commons on 21 November 2014

15 October, 2014

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