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30 September, 2016

Typical incomes of low to middle income households who are ‘just managing’ at 13 year low

Resolution Foundation finds that cuts to tax credits, squeeze on wages and rising housing costs have all contributed to the fall in living standards

29 September, 2016

Further roll-out of the universal credit digital service

New statutory instrument provides for the expansion of the service to a further twenty jobcentres between 5 October and 14 December 2016

29 September, 2016

57 per cent of children in workless households in Northern Ireland were living in poverty in 2014/2015

New statistics also show that around half of individuals living in poverty in Northern Ireland are living in households where at least one adult is in work

29 September, 2016

Claimants need low cost and flexible bank accounts to manage transition to universal credit

New research also shows claimants' reluctance for a banking product 'targeted at the poor'

28 September, 2016

Labour Party would scrap 'discredited' work capability assessment, says Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary

Debbie Abrahams says the government’s 'punitive' sanctions system must go too

23 September, 2016

Scottish Government to mitigate effects of sanctions regime in its devolved employment programmes

First Minister also says the Scottish Government will ensure it does not 'co-operate with a scheme that piles human misery on human misery'

22 September, 2016

Number of people being referred to the Work Programme falls to less than 10,000 a month

New DWP statistics also highlight that more recent intakes contain a higher proportion of people expected to require more support and assistance

22 September, 2016

Lone parents do worse in the switch to universal credit than families with two parents, according to new CPAG research

New report also finds that two parents working full-time on the minimum wage are still £50 a week short of what they need to raise their children at a minimum standard of living

21 September, 2016

DWP confirms reassessment of claims affected by lower benefit cap will be phased in over a 12 week period from 7 November 2016

New information bulletin also confirms that all those entitled to carer’s allowance or guardian's allowance will be exempt from the cap

21 September, 2016

Council tax reduction schemes in Wales to be protected from funding cuts ‘until at least the end of 2017/2018’

Minster for Local Government says 300,000 households in Wales will continue to be protected from increases in council tax liability and 220,000 of these will pay no council tax at all

19 September, 2016

High appeal and overturn rate for PIP indicates system is 'deeply flawed' says Scottish Cabinet Secretary

Responding to second independent review of PIP, Angela Constance says Scottish Government will reform the assessment procedures

16 September, 2016

Government proposes moving away from 'blanket approach' of using non-legal members at appeal tribunal hearings

Ministry of Justice consultation suggests a more 'proportionate and flexible' approach to panel composition is needed

15 September, 2016

Housing benefit cap for supported accommodation deferred until 2019/2020

Government statement also confirms that the Shared Accommodation Rate will not apply to people living in the supported housing sector

15 September, 2016

Online dispute resolution to be tested in Social Security and Child Support appeal hearings

Proposal forms part of Ministry of Justice plan to move benefit appeals 'entirely online'

15 September, 2016

Universal basic income 'goes against every aspect' of the government’s approach to welfare

Even if policy feasible, any practical implementation would also be unaffordable, says Work and Pensions Minister

15 September, 2016

HMRC no longer passing new error and fraud cases to Concentrix

Treasury Minister also confirms that 150 HMRC staff have been redeployed to help manage backlog of 2,500 mandatory reconsiderations

15 September, 2016

Introduction of lower benefit cap from 7 November 2016

New regulations issued

15 September, 2016

15 per cent of social fund debt recoveries were not used to fund payments in 2015/2016

Social fund annual report also shows that applications for budgeting loans have decreased by 6 per cent since 2014/2015

14 September, 2016

HMRC announces that its tax credit contract with Concentrix will not be renewed on its expiry in 2017

Announcement 'attacks our professional credibility and the commitment of our staff', says Concentrix

14 September, 2016

59 per cent of universal credit claimants not in employment, but 65 per cent are in 'searching for work' conditionality regime

New DWP statistics also show that 324,000 people are now claiming the benefit

14 September, 2016

Prevalence of depressive symptoms increases in those affected by the local housing allowance

New study carried out at Oxford University concludes that removing eligibility for housing benefit from 18 to 21 year olds will increase risk of depressive symptoms further

12 September, 2016

Noise induced hearing loss and work with nailing and stapling guns

Industrial Injuries Advisory Council review concludes there is insufficient evidence to recommend prescription

09 September, 2016

Refugees and their families will not be subject to the ‘past presence test’ when applying for disability benefits and carer's allowance

DWP also confirms it is not appealing decision which found that the 'past presence test' discriminates against refugees

08 September, 2016

Number of claimants placed in the ESA support group fell from 91,500 to 57,000 in the three months to March 2016

New DWP statistics also show that just 4 per cent of fit for work mandatory reconsiderations resulted in revision in July 2016

08 September, 2016

Number of social security appeals in the quarter to June 2016 up 21 per cent on same period last year

New Ministry of Justice statistics also show that 65 per cent of PIP appeals are decided in the claimant's favour

08 September, 2016

Scottish Government announces new employment support programmes from April 2017

Two new programmes will provide employment support for up to 4,800 people with a disability or long term health condition

08 September, 2016

Department for Communities launches new benefit take-up strategy for Northern Ireland

Three-year strategy aims to provide a minimum of 100,000 people with a full benefit entitlement check and deliver at least £40 million in additional benefits

07 September, 2016

New Social Security Bill in Scotland will be introduced by the end of the Parliamentary year

Plans outlined in the 'Government's Programme for Scotland 2016/2017'

07 September, 2016

Amendments to the council tax reduction scheme in Scotland

New statutory instrument

07 September, 2016

Total value of outstanding housing benefit overpayments continues to follow an 'increasing trend'

However, new DWP statistics also show that the value of overpayments identified has seen large fluctuations during 2015/2016

06 September, 2016

Universal credit has come back from the brink of disaster and is ‘in recovery mode’

However, new report from the Institute for Government also finds that huge challenges remain and success is far from certain

06 September, 2016

Universal credit needs a ‘reboot’ to help solve poverty in the UK

New report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation also calls for reform of welfare-to-work, pensioner benefits and increases to child related benefits

05 September, 2016

Scottish Parliament takes on new powers allowing it to adapt existing UK welfare system

Minister for Scotland says the UK Government is working with the Scottish Government on technical aspects of the new welfare powers

05 September, 2016

Welfare reforms will lead to closure of 67 per cent of refuges in England, says Women’s Aid

New statistics also show that proposed caps on housing benefit would lead to 87 per cent of domestic abuse refuges in England reducing service provision

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