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7 April

DWP staff drafted in to help clear Capita’s PIP assessment backlog

Department trialling reduction in referrals through increase in number of decisions based on papers

07 April, 2014

Expectation that jobseekers take steps towards employment before claiming JSA to be introduced from 28 April

'Now is the time to start expecting more of people if they want to claim benefits', says Esther McVey

07 April, 2014

4 April

Employer’s records of statutory sick pay and abolition of the percentage threshold scheme

New statutory instruments

04 April, 2014

Government backtracks on promise for second independent review of sanctions regime

Chair of Work and Pensions Select Committee expresses disappointment and renews appeal for second review

04 April, 2014

3 April

Detection of fraud and enforcement in relation to council tax reduction schemes in Wales

New statutory instrument

03 April, 2014

Carer’s allowance weekly earnings limit increased to £102

New statutory instrument

03 April, 2014

Maternity Allowance for women who ‘help out’ in their husband’s or civil partner’s business

New regulations issued in Northern Ireland

03 April, 2014

Government responds to Work and Pensions Committee's call for more efficient assessment of jobseekers' needs

Pilots underway to test digital approaches to administering the fortnightly signing regime

03 April, 2014

Government confirms that jobseekers are not required to apply for zero-hours contract vacancies

Person leaving a zero hours contract job will not be sanctioned if they leave voluntarily or lose it through their misconduct, says Work and Pensions Minister

03 April, 2014

Many working parents will not see any financial gain under universal credit if they increase their hours of work

Government’s promise to make people better off for each hour they work is in danger of being broken, says Citizens Advice

03 April, 2014

DWP issues revised discretionary housing payment guidance

Changes needed to take account of increased funding and its intended purpose

03 April, 2014

2 April

Tax Credits up-rating 2014/2015

New statutory instrument

02 April, 2014

Maternity Allowance for women who ‘help out’ in their husband’s or civil partner’s business

New statutory instrument

02 April, 2014

Guardian’s allowance up-rating 2014/2015

New statutory instrument

02 April, 2014

Only 45 councils in England to provide council tax support next year at the same level as under council tax benefit

New research also highlights that almost 250 councils now require all households to pay at least some council tax regardless of income

02 April, 2014

Government announces state pension ‘top up’ to be introduced from October 2015

Extra £25 a week to be available to those who make Class 3A voluntary national insurance contributions

02 April, 2014

Compulsory review before appeal of HMRC decisions in relation to tax credits, child benefit and guardian’s allowance

New statutory instrument

02 April, 2014

HMRC’s ability to accept late tax credit appeals

New statutory instrument

02 April, 2014

Government’s welfare reforms are causing severe financial hardship and distress to vulnerable groups, says Work and Pensions Select Committee

Bedroom tax and benefit cap impacting on those who were not the intended targets and are not able to respond by moving house or finding a job

02 April, 2014

1 April

Up-rating of pneumoconiosis lump sum payments

New statutory instrument

01 April, 2014

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