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15 December

Employment and support allowance continence descriptors

New DWP guidance on changes to WCA Handbook following recent Upper Tribunal decision

15 December, 2014

Changes to legislation relating to same sex marriages and civil partnerships

New DWP guidance

15 December, 2014

Benefit cap is acting as an incentive to work, says DWP

Evaluation of policy's first year finds that movement into work is higher for households affected by cap than for similar households who are not affected

15 December, 2014

12 December

Whether 'space standards' are determinative as to whether a room is a bedroom for the purposes of the bedroom tax

DWP issues guidance following two recent Upper Tribunal decisions

12 December, 2014

11 December

People with mental health problems should be taken off mainstream back-to-work schemes, says Mind

New report calls for specialist programme as more than 80 per cent of those surveyed said that back-to-work support from Work Programme or Jobcentre Plus had made their mental health worse

11 December, 2014

More than 80 per cent of ESA claims started between January and March 2014 have either not reached or completed WCA process

New DWP statistics also show that, of those assessed, 14 per cent were placed in work related activity group and 62 per cent in support group

11 December, 2014

Universal credit still not signed off by Treasury

Meeting of the Public Accounts Committee also reveals that the Major Projects Authority still have universal credit graded as 'amber-red'

11 December, 2014

Persistent child poverty target for 2020 set at less than seven per cent

New statutory instrument

11 December, 2014

Preventing people who obtain class 3A national insurance contributions from having state pension or disablement pension reduced

New statutory instrument

11 December, 2014

10 December

DWP launches consultation on universal credit data sharing with local support providers

Views sought on draft regulations which aim to ensure that the needs of vulnerable claimants are fully identified at the start of a claim and continue to be met throughout the claim

10 December, 2014

More than 60 per cent of ESA claimants sanctioned between January and March 2014 had mental health problems

Figures included in DWP response to freedom of information request also include that number of ESA sanctions doubled between January and March

10 December, 2014

Treatment of members of limited liability partnership as employed earners for social security purposes

New statutory instrument

10 December, 2014

Statutory shared parental pay for people adopting from overseas

New statutory instrument

10 December, 2014

9 December

Government sets out its plans for support for childcare costs under universal credit

New report also outlines how support for childcare under universal credit will interact with tax-free childcare

09 December, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith announces new measures to highlight availability of short term benefit advances and interim payments

Responding to yesterday's report on the rise in use of food banks, Secretary of State also agrees to consider changes to avoid sanctioned claimants' housing benefit being automatically cancelled

09 December, 2014

More than 900,000 jobseeker’s allowance claimants sanctioned between April 2013 and March 2014

New DWP figures, published in response to freedom of information request, also show that more than half of those sanctioned were aged under 30

09 December, 2014

DWP publishes list of local authorities and jobcentres that will begin national expansion of universal credit

First tranche to accept new claims from single jobseekers between February and April 2015

09 December, 2014

Payment of class 3A national insurance contributions

New statutory instrument

09 December, 2014

8 December

MPs and church leaders call for wide ranging benefit reforms to address the 'simple but devastating fact that hunger stalks this country'

Report from all All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry makes recommendations in light of finding that benefit problems are single largest cause of referrals to food banks

08 December, 2014

SSAC launches consultation on proposal to close ESA repeat claims ‘loophole’

Committee seeks views on unintended adverse effects and whether there may be better way to close 'loophole' whilst continuing to protect vulnerable claimants

08 December, 2014

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