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24 March, 2017

Transfer of welfare powers to the Scottish Parliament

New statutory instrument makes provision in respect of disability, industrial injuries and carer's benefits, and benefits for maternity, funeral and heating expenses

23 March, 2017

Independent review recommends state pension 'triple lock' should be withdrawn in the next Parliament

Report for the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions says that savings made should be re-invested to support disadvantaged groups

22 March, 2017

Secretary of State confirms that additional payments of universal credit to offset the bedroom tax in Scotland will be subject to the benefit cap

Giving evidence to the Scottish Social Security Committee and the Scottish Affairs Committee, Damian Green argues that this is in line with the Smith Commission report

22 March, 2017

New pilot being run to assess benefits of audio recording PIP face-to-face assessments

Results of the pilot will be evaluated to consider whether to record assessments in the future

22 March, 2017

Scottish Government calls for complete and immediate halt to universal credit full service roll-out

Letter to UK Government highlights that, without resolution, on-going administrative problems impacting on tenants and landlords make continued roll-out in Scotland ‘unfeasible’

22 March, 2017

Transitional provision for the purposes of transferring legislative competence for benefits to the Scottish Parliament

New statutory instrument makes provision in respect of disability, industrial injuries and carer's benefits, and benefits for maternity, funeral and heating expenses

21 March, 2017

Universal credit claimants will be able to upload evidence direct to the online system by end of year, says Minister for Employment

Damian Hinds adds that waiting times on the universal credit helpline have reduced to eight or nine minutes

21 March, 2017

Uprating of pneumoconiosis lump sum payments

New statutory instrument

17 March, 2017

Benefit uprating 2017/2018 in Northern Ireland

New regulations issued

17 March, 2017

Restricting the uprating of guardian’s allowance

New statutory instrument

16 March, 2017

Government has its 'head in the sand' over universal credit, says Chair of Work and Pensions Committee

Response to growing body of evidence about the very real hardship that the new benefit is causing is 'flabbergasting', says Frank Field

16 March, 2017

Minister responds to SSAC’s concerns about amendments to PIP regulations

Having considered Committees' comments, Ms Mordaunt says she believes the decision was correct and the government has 'no plans to consult'

16 March, 2017

Chancellor decides not to proceed with proposed increase in Class 4 National Insurance contributions for the self-employed

However, Mr Hammond says current differences in benefit entitlement no longer justify the scale of differences in contribution rates between the employed and self-employed

16 March, 2017

20 per cent of children were living in poverty in 2015/2016

DWP statistics also show that compared to the overall population, children remain more likely to live in low income households

16 March, 2017

18,000 people invited to join Scotland’s social security ‘Experience Panels’

Letters to be sent on behalf of the Scottish Government by the Department for Work and Pensions

16 March, 2017

Tax credit and guardian’s allowance uprating 2017/2018

New statutory instrument

15 March, 2017

Introduction of a two-child limit for child tax credit purposes

New statutory instrument also provides for changes to the rules governing entitlement to the family element of child tax credit and for introduction of a new disability element

15 March, 2017

Fewer than half a million claimants on the universal credit caseload

New DWP statistics also show that only two thirds of claimants on universal credit are receiving payments

15 March, 2017

Calculation of income for tax credits purposes

New statutory instrument

15 March, 2017

More than 1.2 million personal independence payment claims are in payment

New DWP statistics also show that the most commonly recorded disabling condition is ‘psychiatric disorder’

14 March, 2017

DWP must 'be clearer in its articulation of policy intent in the future', says SSAC following its scrutiny of PIP amendments

Committee raises concerns that changes to PIP regulations have had unintended operational and legal consequences

14 March, 2017

MPs can use implicit consent to discuss universal credit queries on behalf of their constituents, says Secretary of State

However, Damian Green adds that this approach 'cannot pertain for enquiries from other sources'

09 March, 2017

35 per cent of ESA claimants placed in support group after initial assessment

However, new DWP statistics also show that initial ESA assessments have the highest fit for work outcome rate at 47 per cent

09 March, 2017

Social security tribunal receipts up 47 per cent compared to the same period last year

New statistics from the Ministry of Justice highlight that the increasing trend is driven by PIP and ESA appeals

09 March, 2017

Miscellaneous amendments to social fund payments

New statutory instrument

08 March, 2017

Chancellor announces increase in Class 4 National Insurance contributions to reflect increased access to new state pension for self-employed

Rate will rise by one per cent in April 2018 and by a further one per cent a year later

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