Welfare rights news

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8 August

92 per cent of 'undersavers' are on right track to secure an adequate income in retirement, says DWP

New analysis looks at impact of recent reforms - including the new state pension and automatic enrolment - on the level of undersaving for retirement

08 August, 2014

7 August

Basildon and Tendring councils suspend ‘residency test’ in local council tax support schemes

Decisions taken following High Court decision against Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

07 August, 2014

46 per cent of households affected by the benefit cap are in London

New figures from the DWP also show that 59 per cent of capped households constitute a single parent with dependent children

07 August, 2014

Specialist team to audit claimant communications relating to sanctions in response to Oakley review

DWP also reports that it will work more closely with local authorities to coordinate delivery of housing benefit to those that have been sanctioned

07 August, 2014

5 August

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary sets out Labour Party’s ‘different approach’ to social security

Rachel Reeves says that new approach would 'make work pay and get a grip of the chaos and waste facing the DWP'

05 August, 2014

4 August

DWP publishes its 2014 ‘Commissioning Strategy’

Document sets out the key themes which will define the Department's relationship with its welfare to work providers 'building on what we know has worked well and tackling areas where we know there is room for improvement'

04 August, 2014

Government announces five new appointments to the Social Security Advisory Committee

Appointments have been made at a 'particularly interesting time' in terms of the welfare reform agenda, says Committee chair

04 August, 2014

31 July

Transgender woman's claim for state pension at 60 refused as she did not have a full gender recognition certificate

Court of Appeal finds that claimant could not be recognised as a woman as she refused to have previous marriage annulled

31 July, 2014

Impacts of tax and welfare reforms are more negative for families containing at least one disabled person

New report from Equality and Human Rights Commission also finds that women lose out compared to men

31 July, 2014

30 July

Residence requirements in council tax reduction scheme ruled unlawful on six grounds

New High Court judgment means 3,600 people in Sandwell refused a reduction because of the rule will be entitled to their money back

30 July, 2014

Changes to universal credit gateway conditions

New DWP guidance

30 July, 2014

HMRC extends deadline for tax credit renewals

Due to industrial action planned for this week renewals can now be made up to 6 August

30 July, 2014

'Suitable management and prioritisation by social landlords' should allow many affected by bedroom tax to downsize

Lord Freud also tells House of Lords that the 19,000 that have already downsized is 'broadly within the bounds' of the Impact Assessment sensitivity analysis

30 July, 2014

29 July

Government needs to work more closely with charities and service users when designing welfare to work contracts, says NCVO

Front-line charities are in an excellent position to help people furthest away from the job market to gain skills, experience and confidence to help them towards and into employment

29 July, 2014

Benefits for EU migrants to be ‘cut off’ after 3 months, says Prime Minister

In response, Shadow Home Secretary says 'we need less talk and more action'

29 July, 2014

25 July

Government ‘unable’ to accept call for cumulative impact of welfare reform

Responding to the Social Security Advisory Committee, Lord Freud says cumulative impact analysis should be 'treated with caution'

25 July, 2014

23 July

DWP's appeal against requirement to publish names of companies involved in employment programmes is dismissed

Upper Tribunal finds no error of law in decision of First-tier Tribunal and directs that the order must now be complied with

23 July, 2014

Government needs to undertake a fundamental redesign of the ESA end-to-end process, say MPs

New Work and Pensions Committee report also advises that 'rebranding' the assessment by appointing a new contractor will not solve problems

23 July, 2014

DWP to carry out data matching exercise between HMRC's Real Time Information and six social security benefits

New guidance to local authorities on project that is expected to identify 300,000 overpayments, with 223,000 of those relating to housing benefit only cases

23 July, 2014

Improving take-up of means tested benefits would make major contribution to poverty reduction, says Inclusion

New report also finds that most significant factor associated with non take-up is level of knowledge about entitlement, highlighting value of access to welfare rights advice

23 July, 2014

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