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26 September

Work and Pensions Secretary welcomes new Work Programme figures

According to the DWP, scheme has helped more than 15,000 unemployed people in Wales find ‘lasting work’

26 September, 2014

Summary of Upper Tribunal bedroom tax decisions that are binding on local authorities

New DWP guidance to local authorities

26 September, 2014

Universal credit ‘undeliverable’ within its original timetable, says Sir Bob Kerslake

According to the former head of civil service, the prevailing 'culture of good news' in the DWP has prevented this being recognised

26 September, 2014

Establishing whether an EEA national is or was a 'worker' or 'self-employed person' for the purposes of IS, ESA and PC

New DWP guidance

26 September, 2014

25 September

SSAC calls on government to examine balance between welfare benefits for employees and the self-employed

New report also says that government working group should be established to address concerns about universal credit for self-employed claimants

25 September, 2014

Biggest increase in council tax arrears and court costs where council tax support has been cut the most

New research by the New Policy Institute also finds that the collection rate in England has fallen for only the second time since council tax was introduced 20 years ago

25 September, 2014

Legal Aid Agency awards no Exceptional Case Funding for welfare benefits cases in 2013/2014

New statistics also show that there was a total of 149 welfare benefits legal help matters started and civil representation certificates granted in that period

25 September, 2014

24 September

Northern Ireland Assembly votes against motion condemning UK government’s welfare reforms

Motion defeated by 54 to 36 as Northern Ireland Executive fined £87m for failure to pass Welfare Reform Bill

24 September, 2014

23 September

Increase in number of waiting days for JSA and ESA from three to seven in Northern Ireland

New statutory rule introduces increase from 27 October 2014

23 September, 2014

Data matching exercise between HMRC’s Real Time Information and housing benefit departments

New DWP guidance to local authorities on initiative that will target around 223,000 housing benefit cases between October 2014 and February 2015

23 September, 2014

22 September

Repeal of bedroom tax ‘can’t come soon enough’, says Rachel Reeves

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary also tells party conference that Labour will deliver real reform of work capability assessment, with disabled people given 'clear rights and a real say'

22 September, 2014

Shadow Chancellor sets out Labour Party’s welfare priorities

Today's speech to party conference outlines measures including cap on increase in child benefit to one per cent for two years and further restrictions on benefits for people from abroad

22 September, 2014

19 September

DWP to share information with social landlords for tenants claiming universal credit

DWP launches consultation on draft regulations

19 September, 2014

DWP collecting evidence of which welfare reforms are affecting successful DHP claimants

New housing benefit guidance

19 September, 2014

Personal budget payments for children with special educational needs disregarded for purposes of housing benefit

New DWP guidance

19 September, 2014

Student disregards for books, equipment and travel frozen for the fifth consecutive year

New HB guidance also advises that higher permitted work disregard to increase from 1 October 2014 due to rise in national minimum wage

19 September, 2014

One in five individuals in the troubled families programme since April 2012 achieved a 'P45 employment start'

However, new DWP statistics show that, of these, only half became sustained job outcomes

19 September, 2014

SSAC consults on government's intention to introduce seven waiting days at the start of a universal credit claim

Proposal applies to all the elements of the universal credit award including amounts for children, housing and childcare

19 September, 2014

18 September

Treatment of maternity allowance for women who ‘help out’ in their husband’s or civil partner’s business when assessing JSA entitlement

New regulations issued in Northern Ireland

18 September, 2014

Around a quarter of people completing the Work Programme are in work at the two year point

New DWP statistics also show that, after one year on the Programme, one in eight had achieved a job outcome

18 September, 2014

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