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23 May, 2016

DWP sending out notifications from 24 May 2016 to claimants likely to be affected by benefit cap

Latest edition of HB Direct also advises that local authorities should not contact claimants until after notifications have gone out

23 May, 2016

Impact of welfare reforms included in UN Committee review of UK record on children’s rights

Amongst issues to be discussed are the benefit cap, benefit reductions and the two-child policy for tax credits

19 May, 2016

Tribunal caseworkers approved to carry out all decisions that a judge may make except ‘substantive final decisions’

New practice statement sets out functions to be delegated to 'appropriately trained' staff appointed under the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007

19 May, 2016

Estimated £1.8 billion of welfare benefits underpaid in 2015/2016

New DWP statistics highlight that underpayments are at their highest recorded rate

19 May, 2016

Jeane Freeman appointed as new Minister for Social Security for Scotland

Responsibilities will include implementing SNP manifesto commitments on devolved social security in Scotland

18 May, 2016

Government confirms plan to ‘reform the UK human rights framework’

Queen's Speech announces that proposals will be brought forward for a British Bill of Rights

18 May, 2016

Less than 250,000 people were claiming universal credit as of 14 April 2016

However, new DWP statistics show that the average number of claims per week has risen to 12,788

13 May, 2016

DWP publishes redacted copies of peer reviews of 49 benefit-related deaths

Publication follows successful challenge of DWP's refusal to release information following an October 2014 Freedom of Information request

13 May, 2016

Local housing allowance is not keeping up with rent increases, says Chartered Institute of Housing

New report highlights that, in some areas of the UK, people are only able to afford to rent in the bottom five or ten per cent of the private rented sector

12 May, 2016

Impact of benefit sanctions is ‘profoundly negative’ on claimants says academic research

New study also highlights that the common thread linking successful transitions into work is not the threat of sanction, but the availability of appropriate individual support

12 May, 2016

Government puts plans for ‘work and health’ white paper on hold

Work and Pensions Secretary says that he has 'pushed the reset button' and will consult with charities and employers on the best way forward

12 May, 2016

Work and Pensions Secretary says universal credit is working as intended and should roll out as planned

It would be wrong to introduce change for change’s sake, Stephen Crabb tells Work and Pensions Committee

12 May, 2016

'Fiscally impossible' for government to help women over pension changes, says Work and Pensions Secretary

There is no 'doable policy solution', Stephen Crabb tells Work and Pensions Committee

11 May, 2016

In-work progression is a radical policy departure and will require work coaches with a 'substantially expanded set of skills', say MPs

New report from the Work and Pensions Committee highlights that employed people do not lack motivation to work and conditionality is less likely to be effective

10 May, 2016

Decision making and appeals in Northern Ireland

New statutory rule

10 May, 2016

More than half a million work capability assessments were cancelled or rearranged in the last year

Minister for Employment says increase follows new provider being set a far higher target for face-to-face assessments

06 May, 2016

Motability sees 516 per cent increase in income

Increase was the biggest amongst those charities that filed accounts between September 2015 and March 2016

05 May, 2016

Seven per cent of those currently affected by the benefit cap are carers

New DWP statistics also show that 66 per cent of capped households are single-parent families of which over three-quarters have a child aged under five

05 May, 2016

Proper meaning of ‘prompting’ and ‘social support’ in activity 9

CSPIP/35/2016
[2016] UKUT 191 (AAC)

05 May, 2016

Northern Ireland (Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan) Act 2016 receives Royal Assent

Act makes provision for taking forward Stormont House Agreement

03 May, 2016

Cuts to universal credit work allowances undermine incentive to enter work, says Resolution Foundatin

New report puts forward options to focus universal credit on those in most need of support

27 April, 2016

Benefit sanctions and delays among the most common causes for people falling into destitution

New report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation finds that 1.25 million people in the UK are destitute including over 300,000 children

27 April, 2016

Scope of ‘welfare cap’ may create incentive to keep claimants on JSA, says National Audit Office

New report also highlights that interactions between benefits are not dealt with systematically

26 April, 2016

Scottish Welfare Fund awards totalled £24.5 million from April to December 2015

New figures also show around 11,000 community care grants and 24,000 crisis grants were awarded between October and December 2015

26 April, 2016

Computer interface does not break the chain of causation for overpayments

CPC/1675/2015
[2016] UKUT 162 (AAC)

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