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Welfare rights news

28 November

EU migrants should not be entitled to tax credits until they have been in the UK for four years, says David Cameron

Speaking about his plans to reform migration from the EU, the Prime Minister also announces that EU jobseekers will not be able to claim universal credit

28 November, 2014

Additional funding for local authorities to compensate for costs of processing referrals from RTI bulk data matching initiative

New DWP guidance

28 November, 2014

Evaluation of the ‘Day One Support for Young People’ trailblazer

Findings include that six in ten of those who did not complete their placement moved into work whilst only a quarter of those who completed subsequently moved into work

28 November, 2014

Amendments to the Blue Badge scheme in Wales

New statutory instrument

28 November, 2014

27 November

Power over disability and carer benefits and elements of universal credit to be devolved to the Scottish Parliament

Smith Commission also sets out new powers for Scotland to create new benefits in areas of devolved responsibility and to make discretionary payments in any area of welfare

27 November, 2014

Government announces series of measures to further improve support for disabled people and those with health conditions

Whilst improving the WCA is important, we need to do more to help people to stay in or return to work, says Minister for Disabled People

27 November, 2014

Any overhaul of the WCA should consider whether an assessment of functional capability is the most appropriate means of determining eligibility for benefit

Government publishes fifth and final 'Independent Review of the Work Capability Assessment' carried out by Dr Paul Litchfield

27 November, 2014

Roll-out of universal credit to claimants with responsibility for children

New DWP guidance

27 November, 2014

Introduction of enhanced online Digital Service for universal credit claimants

New DWP guidance

27 November, 2014

Changes introduced by the Universal Credit and Miscellaneous Amendments (No.2) Regulations 2014

New DWP guidance

27 November, 2014

Changes to regulations which provide that a claimant is eligible for additional amounts of benefit where they are registered as blind

New DWP guidance

27 November, 2014

Introduction of statutory entitlement to shared parental pay from 1 December 2014

DWP issues new guidance in relation to the Maternity Allowance (Curtailment) Regulations 2014

27 November, 2014

Shared parental pay for those who work as mariners and those who work on the continental shelf

New statutory instrument

27 November, 2014

Increases in unpaid council tax come as little surprise to those in local government, says LGA

Government cuts to funding for council tax support have left councils with little option but to reduce discounts for people on low incomes

27 November, 2014

26 November

Benefit sanctions are risking the safety of vulnerable people, says Welsh Communities Minister

Minister highlights that the number of people in Wales who have had their ESA sanctioned has more than doubled over the past year

26 November, 2014

Delays in processing applications for personal independence payment are 'not acceptable', says Minister for Disabled People

Mark Harper outlines initiatives being undertaken that have meant that assessment providers have quadrupled their output since January 2014

26 November, 2014

Introduction of statutory entitlement to shared parental pay

Regulations issued that provide for new rules from 1 December 2014

26 November, 2014

Deputy Prime Minister calls for benefit restrictions on European Union migrants

Proposals would 'give people confidence in the way our immigration rules work'

26 November, 2014

‘Reset’ of universal credit has been ‘at significant cost’, says National Audit Office

Vital that the DWP quickly establish clear goals for delivering the programme against which it can be held to account

26 November, 2014

25 November

Government introduces Fraud and Error Reduction Incentive Scheme for local authorities

New DWP guidance in relation to scheme which will offer financial reward to local authorities who tackle fraud and error in their housing benefit caseload

25 November, 2014

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