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30 October

Legislative process for Welfare Reform Act in Northern Ireland will take ‘some 18 months’

Minister for Social Development outlines a package of measures to 'mitigate some of the negative aspects of welfare reform'

30 October, 2014

DWP confirms that Maximus awarded three year contract to deliver health related assessments including WCAs

Maximus will reduce waiting times without compromising quality, improve quality of assessments and make process more straightforward, says Chief Executive

30 October, 2014

Prime Minister says that ‘it would not be right’ to give Affordable Homes Bill a ‘money resolution’

Response to question in parliament appears to confirm that government will block Bill introducing exemptions to the bedroom tax

30 October, 2014

Ministers ‘considering’ cutting the work-related activity component of ESA to just 50p

Internal documents seen by the BBC also reveal that extra staff have been hired to help reduce a backlog of more than 600,000 cases

30 October, 2014

Benefit cap acccounts for around a quarter of DHPs in London compared to 3 per cent in rest of England

New analysis from London's Poverty Profile also shows that the average award in London was around double the average elsewhere

30 October, 2014

Tax credits, child benefit and guardian’s allowance appeals in Northern Ireland

New statutory instrument

30 October, 2014

29 October

Supreme Court rules that Haringey’s consultation on council tax reduction scheme was unlawful

However, court also decides that it would not be proportionate to require local authority to hold a fresh consultation

29 October, 2014

Maximus to take over Atos contract for delivering work capability assessments

BBC reports that US firm has been awarded contract estimated to be worth £500m over three and a half years

29 October, 2014

High Court decision on challenge to bedroom tax for parents with shared care of children

New DWP guidance following last week's judgment

29 October, 2014

Changes to notification period for statutory paternity pay

New statutory instrument aligns notification provisions with those for statutory paternity leave

29 October, 2014

Shared parental pay for employees who are adopting from overseas.

New statutory instrument

29 October, 2014

Statutory adoption pay, statutory paternity pay or shared parental pay for those who have baby with help of surrogate

New statutory instrument provides for benefit to be paid to 'parental order parents'

29 October, 2014

28 October

National Audit Office publishes summary of the DWP’s performance in 2013/2014

Overview focuses in particular on where NAO believes the Department's performance could be improved

28 October, 2014

27 October

DWP publishes research into ‘ideal customer journey’ for new state pension

Findings of new report intended to provide starting point for DWP teams responsible for designing process

27 October, 2014

DWP consults on closing partially and fully compliant Child Support Agency cases simultaneously

Changes to Ending Liability scheme to allow 'on system' cases to be closed at the same time as those administered clerically

27 October, 2014

24 October

Jobseeking process to be made paperless as part of jobcentre ‘digital revolution’

Installation of 'high-tech equipment' at more than 700 sites expected to save millions of pounds a year, says DWP

24 October, 2014

Government announces intention to temporarily suspend work-related requirements for claimants of universal credit with a child in distress

However, SSAC raises concern that draft regulations are too prescriptive and could create a two-tier approach

24 October, 2014

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

New DWP guidance

24 October, 2014

Designation of employment officers for community work placements and the Work Programme

New DWP guidance

24 October, 2014

23 October

Local authorities detected benefit fraud amounting to £129m in 2013/2014

New Audit Commission report also shows that benefit fraud accounted for 69 per cent of total value of fraud detected

23 October, 2014

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