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23 April

Atos’s WCA contract to end in February 2015

Contractor also reports that the 'ramp-up' of its PIP contract has offset the revenue decrease on WCA

23 April, 2014

22 April

1.75m of poorest families have had benefits cut due to welfare reforms

New briefing from Oxfam and New Policy Institute calls on government to instate 'absolute minimum' level of support regardless of local authority or tenure

22 April, 2014

17 April

Amendment to the definition of service users in housing benefit regulations

New DWP bulletin

17 April, 2014

Pension credit claimants to be ‘encouraged’ to claim by telephone

DWP update following successful tests in Dundee and Motherwell Pension Centres

17 April, 2014

Labour Party sets out how it would reform the work capability assessment

'Abundantly clear' that at the moment it isn’t working, say shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and shadow Minister for Disabled People

17 April, 2014

16 April

4,640 people on universal credit caseload at end of January 2014

New DWP statistics also show that nearly 7 in 10 of the caseload are under 25

16 April, 2014

Trussell Trust reports 163 per cent rise in use of foodbanks

83 per cent of foodbanks surveyed reported benefits sanctions have caused more people to be referred

16 April, 2014

15 April

Miscellaneous amendments to social security regulations

New DWP guidance

15 April, 2014

Scottish Welfare Fund makes awards to 56,200 households in period from April to December 2013

New figures show that 22,400 community care grants and 53,700 crisis grants awarded with total value of £18m

15 April, 2014

Local authorities in Scotland award £25.1m in DHPs in period from April 2013 to February 2014

New figures show that 70,211 awards made with average value of £357

15 April, 2014

14 April

23 per cent of those affected by benefit cap are capped by more than £100 per week

Findings of new DWP ad hoc analysis also include that 80 per cent of those affected are women

14 April, 2014

11 April

Miscellaneous amendments to social security legislation in Northern Ireland

New statutory rule

11 April, 2014

Welsh Ministers call for disabled tenants in adapted homes to be exempt from bedroom tax

If not exempt, the five ministers ask that indefinite discretionary housing payments be awarded instead

11 April, 2014

DWP appoints Paul Gray to carry out independent review of personal independence payment

Review to look at the assessment process during the first two years of operations

11 April, 2014

10 April

New conditionality measures for jobseekers and lone parents

New edition of Touchbase outlines additional requirements for claimants due to come in from 28 April 2014

10 April, 2014

DWP awarded £549,000 from contingencies fund to continue development of IT for single-tier pension

Advance necessary to meet timetable of implementation in April 2016

10 April, 2014

9 April

Pace of universal credit roll-out ‘excruciatingly slow’, says Work and Pensions Committee

New report also highlights continued uncertainty about IT system and criticises government for 'hampering' scrutiny of new benefit

09 April, 2014

Three month residence requirement for jobseekers claiming child benefit and child tax credit from 1 July

Government also announces mandatory language skills training from 28 April and end of routine interpreting services from 9 April for new jobseeker's allowance claimants

09 April, 2014

Up to 100,000 tenants affected by the bedroom tax are unable to move homes

New Joseph Rowntree Foundation report also highlights that around half of tenants affected are in rent arrears

09 April, 2014

Maternity allowance for women who ‘help out’ in their husband’s or civil partner’s business

New DWP guidance

09 April, 2014

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