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23 July

DWP's appeal against requirement to publish names of companies involved in employment programmes is dismissed

Upper Tribunal finds no error of law in decision of First-tier Tribunal and directs that the order must now be complied with

23 July, 2014

Government needs to undertake a fundamental redesign of the ESA end-to-end process, say MPs

New Work and Pensions Committee report also advises that 'rebranding' the assessment by appointing a new contractor will not solve problems

23 July, 2014

DWP to carry out data matching exercise between HMRC's Real Time Information and six social security benefits

New guidance to local authorities on project that is expected to identify 300,000 overpayments, with 223,000 of those relating to housing benefit only cases

23 July, 2014

Improving take-up of means tested benefits would make major contribution to poverty reduction, says Inclusion

New report also finds that most significant factor associated with non take-up is level of knowledge about entitlement, highlighting value of access to welfare rights advice

23 July, 2014

Bill disqualifying non-UK citizens from the EU from entitlement to child benefit introduced to House of Commons

Private Member's Bill expected to receive second reading on 6 March 2015

23 July, 2014

State pension to increase by 5.8 per cent for each year deferred by those reaching pension age from April 2016

Written statement to parliament from Pensions Minister

23 July, 2014

Effects of treatment and the medical assessment of chronic bronchitis and emphysema for industrial injuries benefit purposes

New Industrial Injuries Advisory Council report recommends that effects of treatment should not be taken into account in assessments for prescribed disease PD D12

23 July, 2014

22 July

Government consultation on PIP mobility criteria was not unfair or unlawful

New High Court judgment

22 July, 2014

Settling tax credit appeals by agreement between HMRC and the appellant with no need for a determination by a tribunal

New statutory instrument

22 July, 2014

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

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