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2 July

Work Programme now operating at similar levels to previous programmes, though less than original forecast

National Audit Office warns that DWP must now deliver the significant increases in performance it expects, in particular improving outcomes for harder-to-help groups

02 July, 2014

Changes to child maintenance scheme in Northern Ireland

New statutory rule

02 July, 2014

Recently homeless jobseekers in Northern Ireland to be treated as available for work if trying to find accommodation

New statutory rule introduces provisions from 21 July 2014

02 July, 2014

1 July

PIP waiting times to be down to maximum of 16 weeks by the end of the year, says Iain Duncan Smith

Responding to Opposition Day motion on DWP performance, Secretary of State also tells parliament that ESA backlog down by 100,000 in past few months

01 July, 2014

Number of children living in poverty in 2012/2013 the same as in 2011/2012

New statistics also show that 38 per cent of children in workless families in poverty, compared to 13 per cent of those in families with at least one adult in work

01 July, 2014

Sanctioned claimants going without food and gas/electricity, says Citizens Advice Scotland

New report calls for fundamental review of system as survey of bureau workers finds that sanctions are causing hardship and do not serve their purpose

01 July, 2014

London Councils calls on government to continue to provide funding for local welfare assistance

New report says that withdrawal of £27m grant from 2015/2016 risks harming capital's most vulnerable people and undermining introduction of universal credit

01 July, 2014

30 June

Amendments to the universal credit ‘gateway conditions’

New statutory instrument also provides for roll-out of new benefit to couples from today

30 June, 2014

Recently homeless jobseekers to be treated as available for work if trying to find accommodation

New statutory instrument introduces new provisions from 21 July 2014

30 June, 2014

Transition from existing benefits to universal credit

New statutory instrument makes changes including replacement of definition of ‘exempt accommodation’ with that of ‘specified accommodation’

30 June, 2014

New child maintenance scheme comes into force today

Scheme introduces £20 application fee and charges of up to £300 for absent parents who need to be pursued

30 June, 2014

Child support collection and enforcement fees in Northern Ireland

New statutory rule

30 June, 2014

27 June

DWP refused leave to appeal against ruling that it must publish internal documents about progress of universal credit

Department provided no persuasive evidence that disclosure would have a 'chilling effect', says Upper Tribunal

27 June, 2014

Permission granted for judicial review challenge to bedroom tax for women living in 'Sanctuary Scheme' homes

High Court orders that the hearing must take place before the end of the year

27 June, 2014

End-state IT solution for universal credit will start to be tested by the end of this year

Additionally, new claims for legacy benefits will be closed down by the end of 2016

27 June, 2014

Right to reside provisions for unemployed EEA migrants

New DWP guidance

27 June, 2014

26 June

Government publishes Child Poverty Strategy for 2014-2017

Commitment to existing obligations to end child poverty by 2020 retained as government 'not yet in a position' to put forward revised child poverty measures

26 June, 2014

Government consults on persistent child poverty target for 2020

Views sought on proposal to set target of below seven per cent of children living in a household in relative low income for at least three years out of a four-year period by 2020

26 June, 2014

National Audit Office qualifies audit on DWP accounts for 2013/2014

Overall value of fraud and error in benefit expenditure 'unacceptably high'

26 June, 2014

25 June

DWP to publish interim report on bedroom tax before parliament’s Summer Recess

Lord Freud also tells House of Lords that there are 200,000 smaller premises in the social rented sector available through each year and that rent collection for housing associations remains at 99 per cent

25 June, 2014

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