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10 October

No evidence to suggest that sanctions contribute to JSA claimants finding paid employment

Letter from Welfare Reform Committee to Esther McVey also questions whether hardship payments are having any significant effect

10 October, 2014

Policy Exchange raises concerns that any new design of the Work Programme will not be fully integrated with universal credit

New report suggests how the Programme should be improved including how to better assess jobseeker needs

10 October, 2014

'Worrying uncertainty' about the impact that charges for statutory child maintenance service will have, says PAC

Committee report recommends that Department must closely monitor the number of parents that choose family-based arrangements

10 October, 2014

Scottish government’s spending plans include £81 million to mitigate the effects of welfare reform

Draft budget for 2015/2016 specifies that this includes £35 million to support those affected by the bedroom tax

10 October, 2014

9 October

Universal credit roll-out to north west of England will be completed by end of December 2014, says Legal Aid Agency

New guidance also confirms that universal credit is a passporting benefit for legal aid and gives details of local authority areas where it will be introduced by the end of the year

09 October, 2014

8 October

Almost half of working tax credit goes to employees in the high street, hospitality and healthcare

New research by New Policy Institute also finds that 80 per cent goes to workers in private sector and 15 per cent to those in local government or working for Health Authority or NHS Trust

08 October, 2014

Tenants struggle to budget when they claim universal credit, with some turning to pay day lenders to get by

Survey from First Choice Homes Oldham finds that tenants have suffered multiple frustrations and complications with the system

08 October, 2014

Help with NHS costs for universal credit claimants

New statutory instrument.

08 October, 2014

Weather stations and postcode districts for social fund cold weather payments purposes

New statutory instrument

08 October, 2014

7 October

Liberal Democrats pledge to raise carer’s allowance earnings threshold to £150 a week

Care Minister also confirms that Liberal Democrats would introduce a carer's bonus and proposes 'carer's passport' to help identify carers and get them extra support

07 October, 2014

6 October

Pilot scheme for full-time mandatory attendance of selected claimants at jobcentres

New DWP guidance on scheme which begins today, including notification requirements, sanctions and contracting out of functions including requiring claimants to apply for jobs

06 October, 2014

Three quarters of local authorities would either scale back or cease local welfare provision if government funding ends in April 2015

Finding of new survey as Local Government Association calls on government to use consultation on decision to cut funding as opportunity to overturn that decision

06 October, 2014

DWP launches state pension statement service

New service to provide people with estimate of what they can expect to receive under single-tier state pension system from April 2016

06 October, 2014

Carer’s allowance earnings threshold to be raised to £110 in April 2015

Deputy Prime Minister says that he's 'delighted to be able to announce some extra help for those who provide such often thankless service'

06 October, 2014

3 October

Government confirms it is to reconsider how local welfare provision should be funded in 2015/2016

Letter to local authority Chief Executives in England follows settlement of judicial review challenge

03 October, 2014

Disability benefit reform is leaving many without money to pay for basics like food and fuel

Government needs to take urgent action over problems with the introduction of personal independence payment, says Citizens Advice Scotland

03 October, 2014

Findings from recent data matching exercise between HMRC’s Real Time Information and housing benefit departments

New DWP guidance

03 October, 2014

2 October

Test of data matching exercise between HMRC’s Real Time Information and housing benefit departments uncovers 'a number of issues'

Latest edition of HB Direct advises that, since it appears that it will not be possible to resolve the issues before project goes live on 6 October, updated guidance will be issued 'very shortly'

02 October, 2014

Universal credit and employment and support allowance descriptor 5(d)

New DWP guidance following recent Upper Tribunal decision which held that, to satisfy the descriptor, a claimant must be unable to use both a keyboard and a mouse

02 October, 2014

Nicola Sturgeon calls on UK government to halt universal credit roll-out in Scotland

However, BBC reports UK government spokesperson as saying that business will continue as planned until Smith Commission on devolution of powers has reported

02 October, 2014

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