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4 December

Benefit uprating 2015/2016

New rates now available

04 December, 2014

Autumn Statement 2014 reaction

Advice and policy organisations respond to Chancellor's welfare benefit related announcements

04 December, 2014

Welfare reform is leaving families and communities in real crisis

New report from the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations recommends that new devolved powers must be used to 'do something quite different'

04 December, 2014

3 December

Welfare benefit related highlights in today’s Autumn Statement 2014

Chancellor confirms that the 'surplus earnings' rule will be brought in for universal credit and announces further restrictions on benefits for EEA migrants

03 December, 2014

There remains 'considerable uncertainly' about the delivery of universal credit, says Office for Budget Responsibility

New report highlights 'recent history of optimism bias' and says that it would be 'premature to assume' that digital IT solution will be ready for revised timetable

03 December, 2014

Tax credit, child benefit and guardian’s allowance uprating 2015/2016

New rates now available

03 December, 2014

2 December

DWP provides update on data matching exercise between HMRC's Real Time Information and housing benefit departments

New edition of HB Direct confirms that three tranches of referrals have been issued to local authorities and that details of savings will be published early next year

02 December, 2014

Government to introduce earnings threshold for passported benefits under universal credit

New system will 'ensure the benefits continue to be targeted at those who need them most', says Minister for Disabled People

02 December, 2014

Amendments to primary legislation relating to same sex marriages and civil partnerships

New statutory instrument

02 December, 2014

1 December

Increasing local housing allowance by up to 4 per cent in certain areas

New statutory instrument provides new cap rates, informs Rent Officers which rates should be increased by higher amount and makes changes to date that rates are determined

01 December, 2014

DWP launches online carer’s allowance application service

New service is 'extremely welcome news' for those whose time is dedicated to looking after others, says Minister for Disabled People

01 December, 2014

28 November

EU migrants should not be entitled to tax credits until they have been in the UK for four years, says David Cameron

Speaking about his plans to reform migration from the EU, the Prime Minister also announces that EU jobseekers will not be able to claim universal credit

28 November, 2014

Additional funding for local authorities to compensate for costs of processing referrals from RTI bulk data matching initiative

New DWP guidance

28 November, 2014

Evaluation of the ‘Day One Support for Young People’ trailblazer

Findings include that six in ten of those who did not complete their placement moved into work whilst only a quarter of those who completed subsequently moved into work

28 November, 2014

Amendments to the Blue Badge scheme in Wales

New statutory instrument

28 November, 2014

27 November

Power over disability and carer benefits and elements of universal credit to be devolved to the Scottish Parliament

Smith Commission also sets out new powers for Scotland to create new benefits in areas of devolved responsibility and to make discretionary payments in any area of welfare

27 November, 2014

Government announces series of measures to further improve support for disabled people and those with health conditions

Whilst improving the WCA is important, we need to do more to help people to stay in or return to work, says Minister for Disabled People

27 November, 2014

Any overhaul of the WCA should consider whether an assessment of functional capability is the most appropriate means of determining eligibility for benefit

Government publishes fifth and final 'Independent Review of the Work Capability Assessment' carried out by Dr Paul Litchfield

27 November, 2014

Roll-out of universal credit to claimants with responsibility for children

New DWP guidance

27 November, 2014

Introduction of enhanced online Digital Service for universal credit claimants

New DWP guidance

27 November, 2014

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