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31 March

Chancellor announces commitment to ‘fight for Full Employment in Britain’

However, Mr Osborne adds that 'it’s no good creating jobs, if we’re also paying people to stay on welfare'

31 March, 2014

28 March

Removal of entitlement to housing benefit for EEA nationals in receipt of income-based jobseeker's allowance in Northern Ireland

New statutory rule provides that, from 1 April, only those who have right to reside other than as jobseeker will continue to have right to reside for housing benefit purposes

28 March, 2014

Limited capability for work and sensory impairment

New DWP guidance clarifies how to apply activities 6, 7 and 8 when assessing limited capability for work

28 March, 2014

Only 6 per cent of social housing tenants have moved as a result of bedroom tax

BBC research also finds that 28 per cent of tenants affected by bedroom tax are in rent arrears

28 March, 2014

27 March

Government announces early exit of Atos from WCA contract

Work and Pensions Minister says that a single national provider is to be brought in, initially using 'elements of the Atos infrastructure'

27 March, 2014

Government publishes response to year four independent review of WCA

Important to work within 'current operational and financial boundaries' in achieving assessment which is 'objective, consistent and fair', says Mike Penning

27 March, 2014

House of Commons votes in favour of cap on welfare spending

'Never again can the costs spiral out of control and the incentives become so distorted that it pays not to work', says Chancellor

27 March, 2014

31 per cent of work capability assessments find claimants ‘fit for work’

New DWP statistics also show that 51 per cent of those assessed placed in support group

27 March, 2014

‘Universal Jobmatch is here to stay’, say DWP and Monster

Joint letter from Head of Jobcentre Plus and Monster CEO 'sets the record straight' about duplicate or inappropriate job adverts and counters speculation about future of site

27 March, 2014

Evaluation of local authority led universal credit pilots

New report sets outs 'key questions and answers' on helping claimants prepare for new benefit

27 March, 2014

Interpretation of the term 'adapt the dwelling' in regulation 7 of the Housing Benefit Regulations 2006

New DWP guidance following recent decision by Court of Appeal

27 March, 2014

Guardian’s allowance uprating 2014/2015

New statutory instrument

27 March, 2014

26 March

Local authorities asked to notify DWP of tribunal decisions on housing benefit for EEA jobseekers

New HB guidance following introduction of measures restricting EEA migrants' access to benefits

26 March, 2014

Higher rate of DLA mobility component for severely visually impaired people

New DWP guidance following recent Upper Tribunal decision

26 March, 2014

Benefit uprating 2014/2015

DWP issues new guidance

26 March, 2014

More than half of ESA claimants sanctioned between January 2012 and June 2013 had mental health problems

Figures included in DWP response to freedom of information request on adverse ESA sanctions decisions broken down into health category

26 March, 2014

25 March

Employment Minister confirms that transitional protection from bedroom tax can be inherited

Response to question in parliament about position for social housing tenants who have inherited pre-1996 tenancy

25 March, 2014

Universal credit ‘enhanced digital service’ to be trialled later this year

Employment Minister also confirms that approximately 50 DWP staff are working on enhanced service

25 March, 2014

24 March

Discretionary housing payments funding for 2013/2014

New HB guidance updates original allocation and gives details of local authorities who received award from £20m fund to assist with bedroom tax implementation

24 March, 2014

Scottish Welfare Reform Committee calls for changes to make WCA more ‘effective and humane’

Letter to Iain Duncan Smith makes five recommendations including that those with long term conditions should not be reassessed and better recognition of fluctuating and hidden conditions

24 March, 2014

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