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18 January, 2017

Reductions in the value of benefits could leave families worse off by £2,800 a year by 2020 compared to start of decade

New report from the End Child Poverty coalition calls on government to end freeze of children's benefits and increase help with housing costs in line with local rents

18 January, 2017

More than 250,000 universal credit claimants in ‘searching for work’ conditionality regime

New DWP statistics also show that more than 430,000 people are now claiming the benefit

18 January, 2017

Treatment of ESA when claiming police injury benefit

New statutory instrument

17 January, 2017

Damian Green clarifies ‘subtle differences’ in interpretation of benefit cap statistics

Secretary of State writes to Work and Pensions Committee following November 2016 meeting

17 January, 2017

DWP publishes results of 2015/2016 ‘claimant service and experience’ survey

Overall satisfaction levels varied from 76 per cent among PIP claimants to 97 per cent of state pension claimants

17 January, 2017

For almost a year Concentrix consistently failed to achieve over half of its performance targets

New report from the National Audit Office also finds that by September 2016 there was a backlog of 181,000 cases

17 January, 2017

Scottish Government launches consultation on flexible payment options for universal credit

Twice monthly payments and direct payment of housing costs to landlords will give claimants 'more choice and control', says Social Security Minister

17 January, 2017

Northern Ireland Assembly approves regulations to mitigate the bedroom tax

Payments will be made automatically, every four weeks throughout the mitigation period until March 2020

16 January, 2017

86 per cent of council tenants in receipt of universal credit are in rent arrears

New research from the National Federation of ALMOs also reveals that average arrears have increased to £615 for council tenants on universal credit

16 January, 2017

Safier v Wardell & Ors

13 January, 2017

Scottish Government announces flexible payment options for universal credit claimants

Social Security Minister outlines how claimants will be able to opt for twice monthly payments and for direct payment of housing costs to private or social sector landlords

12 January, 2017

Government announces extension of bereavement support payment period from 12 to 18 months

However, Work and Pensions Minister also confirms that payment will be made at a reduced rate on its introduction in April 2017

11 January, 2017

Payments to mitigate the bedroom tax in Northern Ireland may be at risk

Potential dissolution of the Northern Ireland Assembly could stop regulations being passed to make additional funding available

10 January, 2017

Local authorities in England and Wales spent 38 per cent of yearly DHP allocation in first six months of 2016/2017

New DWP statistics also show that, across Great Britain as a whole, 60 per cent of DHP expenditure was related to the bedroom tax

05 January, 2017

Whether a nebuliser can be an aid for the purposes of administering medication

[2016] UKUT 556 (AAC)

04 January, 2017

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03 January, 2017

Activity 9 refers to a claimant’s ability to engage in ‘social situations’

[2016] UKUT 543 (AAC)

22 December, 2016

Universal credit taper could be manipulated in the future to bring ‘progression into the system’

In addition, in his final speech as Minister for Welfare Reform, Lord Freud acknowledges that the DWP 'lost control' of its systems due to its outsourcing of IT

21 December, 2016

Frank Field writes to Work and Pensions Secretary seeking major overhaul of the bedroom tax

Letter includes proposal to change the size criteria so the bedroom tax only applies to households with two or more spare rooms

21 December, 2016

Scottish Government announces £1 million to develop newly devolved employment services

Work First Scotland and Work Able Scotland will look to use 'new and innovative approaches' to join up different services

21 December, 2016

Housing benefit administration subsidy arrangements

New DWP guidance

21 December, 2016

Assessing dates of entitlement for competing claims for child benefit

[2016] UKUT 506 (AAC)

20 December, 2016

Advisers cannot use implicit consent to discuss cases in universal credit full service areas

DWP's Director General of universal credit confirms that advisers can make contact by phone in full service areas but will need to have the claimant with them or, if not, a three-way call can be arranged

20 December, 2016

DWP publishes interim report into jobseeker’s allowance sanctions early warning trial

Providing claimants with an additional 14 days to respond to a sanction warning letter resulted in a 13 per cent response rate

20 December, 2016

Housing benefit uprating 2017/2018

New DWP guidance

19 December, 2016

DWP launches consultation on closure of three jobcentres in Glasgow

Relocation of services described as an opportunity to deliver improved customer service at reduced cost

19 December, 2016

Prisoners should receive first month’s universal credit on day of release, say MPs

Work and Pensions Committee also finds that job-ready ex-offenders are potentially dismissed by Jobcentre Plus as 'hard cases'

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