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3 July

Withdrawal rate of universal credit should be reduced over time from 65 per cent to 55 per cent, recommends Policy in Practice

Report also finds that, while UC will have net positive impact on poverty, this will vary by household type and income level

03 July, 2014

Liberal Democrats pledge to introduce ‘carer’s bonus’ in 2015 manifesto

Annual bonus to be worth £125 in 2016/2017 rising to £250 by 2020/2021

03 July, 2014

Welfare reforms will lead to average loss of £10.75 per week to Welsh households, says Institute for Fiscal Studies

New study finds that, once rolled out, both personal independence payment and universal credit will reduce incomes in Wales

03 July, 2014

Welfare Reform Committee launches call for evidence on Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill

Views sought on whether Bill achieves Scottish Government’s aim of providing assistance for short term needs and community care

03 July, 2014

Changes to child maintenance scheme in Northern Ireland

New statutory rules

03 July, 2014

2 July

Work Programme achieved 296,000 job outcomes between June 2011 and March 2014

However, just 302,000 job outcomes are predicted between April 2014 and April 2020, new DWP figures suggest

02 July, 2014

Changes proposed to the format in which 'fraud and error in the benefit system' statistics are published

DWP invites comments on the proposals by 31 August 2014

02 July, 2014

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

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