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31 July

Transgender woman's claim for state pension at 60 refused as she did not have a full gender recognition certificate

Court of Appeal finds that claimant could not be recognised as a woman as she refused to have previous marriage annulled

31 July, 2014

Impacts of tax and welfare reforms are more negative for families containing at least one disabled person

New report from Equality and Human Rights Commission also finds that women lose out compared to men

31 July, 2014

30 July

Residence requirements in council tax reduction scheme ruled unlawful on six grounds

New High Court judgment means 3,600 people in Sandwell refused a reduction because of the rule will be entitled to their money back

30 July, 2014

Changes to universal credit gateway conditions

New DWP guidance

30 July, 2014

HMRC extends deadline for tax credit renewals

Due to industrial action planned for this week renewals can now be made up to 6 August

30 July, 2014

'Suitable management and prioritisation by social landlords' should allow many affected by bedroom tax to downsize

Lord Freud also tells House of Lords that the 19,000 that have already downsized is 'broadly within the bounds' of the Impact Assessment sensitivity analysis

30 July, 2014

29 July

Government needs to work more closely with charities and service users when designing welfare to work contracts, says NCVO

Front-line charities are in an excellent position to help people furthest away from the job market to gain skills, experience and confidence to help them towards and into employment

29 July, 2014

Benefits for EU migrants to be ‘cut off’ after 3 months, says Prime Minister

In response, Shadow Home Secretary says 'we need less talk and more action'

29 July, 2014

25 July

Government ‘unable’ to accept call for cumulative impact of welfare reform

Responding to the Social Security Advisory Committee, Lord Freud says cumulative impact analysis should be 'treated with caution'

25 July, 2014

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

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