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22 July

Reform of EU migrant benefit rules needed, says government

Without change, 'legitimate public concern is likely to significantly undermine support for the principle of free movement'

22 July, 2014

Independent Review finds that improvements needed to sanctions system, particularly for vulnerable claimants

Areas of concern include that letters 'complex and difficult to understand' and that claimants concerns being passed 'from pillar to post', with little hope of resolution, due to lack of information sharing

22 July, 2014

Evaluation of the ‘Direct Payment Demonstration Projects’

DWP publishes new research into the first 12 months of the direct payment of housing benefit to tenants living in social housing

22 July, 2014

Research into the experiences of people entitled to carer’s allowance

New study looks at carers, their use of carer's allowance, budgeting issues and how they can be better supported to return to work

22 July, 2014

Evaluation of the process for claiming personal independence payment

New DWP research report

22 July, 2014

Evaluating the impact that the early phases of universal credit will have on the labour market

New report outlines approach to be taken by the DWP in exploring claimant's chances of being in work, their time in work and their earnings

22 July, 2014

Transition to tax credits of child-related claims for income support and jobseeker’s allowance

New DWP guidance

22 July, 2014

Roll-out of universal credit to couples

New regulations issued

22 July, 2014

21 July

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

New statutory instrument introduces pilots that will run until 30 April 2015

21 July, 2014

DWP to issue full response to SSAC consultation on removing housing benefit for EEA jobseekers in early autumn

In interim response, Iain Duncan Smith says that extra time is for officials to consider recommendations over the summer and to allow results of research with local authorities to be included

21 July, 2014

17 July

Conservative Party considering limiting child benefit to four children per family

Proposal drawn up by Policy Exchange think tank 'makes sense', says Conservative source

17 July, 2014

Liberal Democrats announce that they no longer support bedroom tax in its current form

'Revised proposal' includes that existing tenants only have benefit reduced if they refuse offer of smaller home and that disabled adults exempted

17 July, 2014

Changes to local housing allowance have led to fall in average maximum entitlement of £6.84 per week

New DWP research into impact of reforms also finds 11 per cent of reduction due to less rent being charged, whilst 89 per cent due to decreased award relative to rent

17 July, 2014

Almost 4 in 10 Londoners affected by cuts to council tax support have received a court summons

New report by CPAG and Z2K also finds that collection rates are falling while collection costs are rising

17 July, 2014

16 July

Mark Harper replaces Mike Penning as Minister for Disabled People

In addition, Esther McVey to attend Cabinet in existing role as Minister for Employment

16 July, 2014

Less than 6,000 people on universal credit caseload at end of April 2014

New DWP statistics also show that over six in ten of the caseload are under 25

16 July, 2014

Changes to universal credit gateway conditions

New DWP guidance

16 July, 2014

Universal credit claimants will have to wait at least five weeks for benefit to be paid, says TUC

New report argues that delay in payment will drive claimants into hands of payday loan lenders and increase demand on food banks

16 July, 2014

15 July

59 per cent of tenants affected by bedroom tax fail to make up shortfall in rent

New DWP research on early effects of policy also highlights concern that people with disabilities are failing the DHP means test due to disability benefit income

15 July, 2014

Scottish Welfare Fund makes awards to more than 80,000 households in period from April 2013 to March 2014

New figures show that 53,400 community care grants and 113,000 crisis grants awarded with total value of £29m

15 July, 2014

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