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12 November

Almost 1.5m sanctions applied to jobseeker's allowance claimants since new regime began in October 2012

New DWP statistics also show that nearly 50,000 sanctions applied to employment and support allowance claimants since beginning of new regime

12 November, 2014

17,850 people were on the universal credit caseload as at October 2014

New DWP statistics also show that 24 per cent were in employment

12 November, 2014

DWP expects to migrate bulk of legacy benefit claims onto universal credit by 2019

In written answer to parliament, Minister for Disabled People also confirms that last new claims for legacy benefits will be accepted in 2017

12 November, 2014

11 November

Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland rules that right to reside test for child benefit is lawful

In new judgment, Court overturns decision of Northern Ireland's Chief Social Security Commissioner

11 November, 2014

Habitual residence and exemption from the three month residence requirement

New DWP guidance on changes from 10 November 2014

11 November, 2014

Changes to right to reside for EEA jobseekers

New DWP guidance on rules limiting entitlement to jobseeker's allowance to 91 days from 10 November 2014

11 November, 2014

10 November

Scottish Ministers revoke limit on DHP spending in Scotland from 1 April 2014

New statutory instrument

10 November, 2014

Habitual residence and exemption from the three month residence requirement in Northern Ireland

New statutory rule

10 November, 2014

New Scottish Government research finds that stronger conditionality is unlikely to get more people into work

Report on impact of welfare reforms in Scotland also highlights importance of advice in helping people navigate changes to benefit system

10 November, 2014

7 November

Work and Pensions Committee launches inquiry into benefit sanctions policy

Inquiry to consider aspects of sanction policy which were outside the remit of the Oakley review

07 November, 2014

Government plans to bar EU migrants from claiming universal credit

Guardian also reports that since 2000 migrants are 43 per cent less likely to get state benefits

07 November, 2014

Consultation launched on the Welsh government’s revised Child Poverty Strategy

Strategy aims to eradicate child poverty by 2020 while 'recognising the challenge given the UK government's welfare reform and budget cuts'

07 November, 2014

Statutory adoption pay for prospective adopters and surrogate parents

New statutory instrument

07 November, 2014

Amended definition of ‘blind’ for the purposes of income-related benefits in Northern Ireland

New statutory rule

07 November, 2014

Miscellaneous amendments to child benefit and tax credit regulations

New statutory instrument

07 November, 2014

6 November

Power to set limit on total DHP expenditure in Scotland transferred to Scottish Ministers

New statutory instrument

06 November, 2014

DWP has failed to incentivise Work Programme providers to support ESA claimants into work, says Public Accounts Committee

New report also highlights concerns about sanctions referrals from providers and problems with contracts leading to inappropriate bonus payments

06 November, 2014

Twice as much benefit overpaid due to error than lost due to fraud

New figures from the DWP highlight that housing benefit fraud and error is the highest out of all benefits

06 November, 2014

61 per cent of households affected by the benefit cap constitute a single parent with dependent children

New figures from the DWP also show that 20 per cent of households are capped by more than £100 per week

06 November, 2014

5 November

Real cost of living increasing more for low-income households

New report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation suggests uprating benefits according to group-specific inflation rates

05 November, 2014

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