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7 November

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

Government publishes review of local welfare provision

Findings of review include that, whilst 80 per cent of local authorities spent less than allocated amount in 2013/2014, more than half said they would spend full allocation in 2014/2015

05 November, 2014

Child Maintenance Service to share information with credit reference agencies from March 2015

DWP says that it expects new measure to have deterrent effect on non-resident parents who may otherwise choose to evade maintenance payments

05 November, 2014

4 November

Work and Pensions Secretary confirms that he has changed habitual residence test to exempt those fleeing Ebola

However, Mr Duncan Smith also confirms that he is in discussion with other EU Ministers about restricting benefits for EU migrants in first three years of residence

04 November, 2014

Amendments to universal credit rules for areas where DWP is to test new ‘Digital Service’

New statutory instrument introduces changes, including in relation to childcare costs and assessment periods, that do not apply in postcode areas where benefit is already in force

04 November, 2014

Miscellaneous amendments to social security regulations

New statutory instrument makes changes including replacement of current method for determining whether a claimant is blind and introduction of minimum income floor for self-employed universal credit claimants

04 November, 2014

Minister for Disabled People confirms that claimants should not have to travel for more than 90 minutes to attend PIP assessment

Minister also tells parliament that giving a claimant less than a day's notice of an assessment 50 miles away was 'clearly not acceptable'

04 November, 2014

3 November

Greater Manchester to be given power to be joint commissioner with DWP for next phase of Work Programme

New powers announced by Chancellor, as part of devolutionary package from 2017, also include control of expanded 'Working Well' pilot

03 November, 2014

Over 40 per cent of those claiming in-work housing benefit in 2013 had previously been claiming it as an out-of-work benefit

New DWP analysis also shows that around 30 per cent of in-work housing benefit claims cease within a year, and more than 40 per cent within two years

03 November, 2014

30 October

Legislative process for Welfare Reform Act in Northern Ireland will take ‘some 18 months’

Minister for Social Development outlines a package of measures to 'mitigate some of the negative aspects of welfare reform'

30 October, 2014

DWP confirms that Maximus awarded three year contract to deliver health related assessments including WCAs

Maximus will reduce waiting times without compromising quality, improve quality of assessments and make process more straightforward, says Chief Executive

30 October, 2014

Prime Minister says that ‘it would not be right’ to give Affordable Homes Bill a ‘money resolution’

Response to question in parliament appears to confirm that government will block Bill introducing exemptions to the bedroom tax

30 October, 2014

Ministers ‘considering’ cutting the work-related activity component of ESA to just 50p

Internal documents seen by the BBC also reveal that extra staff have been hired to help reduce a backlog of more than 600,000 cases

30 October, 2014

Benefit cap acccounts for around a quarter of DHPs in London compared to 3 per cent in rest of England

New analysis from London's Poverty Profile also shows that the average award in London was around double the average elsewhere

30 October, 2014

Tax credits, child benefit and guardian’s allowance appeals in Northern Ireland

New statutory instrument

30 October, 2014

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