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21 July, 2016

Government rejects recommendation to publish regular sanctions statistics during in-work conditionality trial

However, Work and Pensions Committee says that, if financial sanctions are being used appropriately, it sees no reason why the DWP should not publish details now

21 July, 2016

Mandatory reconsideration process should be standardised across DWP and HMRC with clear communications on the processes and time limits that apply

New report from the SSAC also recommends that work coaches make wider use of JSA sickness provisions for those challenging fit for work decisions

21 July, 2016

Work and Pensions Committee launches inquiry into employment opportunities for young people

Inquiry will consider whether current provision, including support offered via Jobcentre Plus, is sufficient to enable full access to and participation in the labour market

21 July, 2016

Problems with DWP and HMRC telephony ‘still appear to abound’, says SSAC

New report also calls for DWP and HMRC to use 0800 enquiry line numbers for vulnerable or low income customers

21 July, 2016

Introduction of universal credit in Northern Ireland delayed until autumn 2017

However, completion of roll-out still expected by 2018 according to Department for Communities

21 July, 2016

Opposition day motion to scrap housing benefit cap for supported accommodation defeated in the Commons

However, Work and Pensions Secretary says that he will make an announcement on a review of supported accommodation funding 'early in the autumn'

20 July, 2016

Roll-out of universal credit to be further delayed, Work and Pensions Secretary announces

Migration of existing claims will not now be complete until March 2022

20 July, 2016

Income from benefits and low paid work fail to give famillies enough to cover childcare and essential costs

New research published by the JRF also finds lone parents are particularly affected by cuts to in-work support in universal credit

20 July, 2016

Scotland to introduce new Child Poverty Bill

UK Government's decision to repeal large parts of the Child Poverty Act 2010 is 'fundamentally wrong', says First Minister

20 July, 2016

Two fifths of people claiming universal credit are in employment

New DWP statistics also show that the total number of people currently claiming the benefit has reached almost 280,000

19 July, 2016

Middle-income households with children now get 30 per cent of income from benefits and tax credits

New report from the IFS also finds that pensioners are now the least likely major demographic group to be in income poverty

19 July, 2016

36,470 people assisted by Access to Work programme between April 2015 and March 2016

New DWP statistics also show that 10,810 of those on the programme in 2015/2016 had either sight or hearing difficulties

18 July, 2016

New ministerial appointments at the Department for Work and Pensions

Penny Mordaunt and Damian Hinds complete the ministerial team at the DWP

18 July, 2016

Scotland Act 2016 (Saving) Regulations 2016

New statutory instrument

15 July, 2016

Carer’s allowance earnings limit can be a disincentive to continue working, says Age UK and Carers UK

New report also calls for support for unemployed carers to become more responsive to their needs

15 July, 2016

National Audit Office qualifies opinion on HMRC accounts for 2015/2016 due to tax credits fraud and error

Accounts qualified on same grounds every year since tax credits were introduced in 2003/2004

14 July, 2016

Damian Green appointed as new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Appointment of former Home Office Minister follows resignation earlier today of Steven Crabb

14 July, 2016

Timetable set for transfer of welfare powers to Scottish Parliament

Government says transfer of welfare powers is a ‘key milestone in giving the Scottish Parliament the ability, for the first time, to legislate on benefits'

13 July, 2016

Social security system is ‘failing to provide the essential safety net’, says Citizens Advice Scotland

New report finds CAB advice enquiries related to foodbanks in 2015/2016 increased by 47 per cent on the previous year

13 July, 2016

Launch of new Work and Health Programme delayed to end of 2017

Replacement for Work Programme will be designed to prevent 'parking and creaming', says DWP deputy director for labour market interventions strategy

13 July, 2016

DWP running a 'proof-of-concept' to test claimants using a mobile app to receive and spend their benefit money

However, DWP spokesperson says there are 'no plans to replace any DWP payment systems'

12 July, 2016

DWP issues call for evidence to inform second independent review of PIP

Major objective of review will be to assess the impact of 'further evidence' and how it is being used

12 July, 2016

Setting a target to reduce benefit underpayments is ‘unnecessary’ says DWP

Response to Work and Pensions Committee's report on benefit delivery also rejects recommendation to ask claimants if they need a short-term benefit advance

12 July, 2016

New provisions enable ‘leapfrog’ appeals from the Upper Tribunal to the Supreme Court

New statutory instrument commences provisions in the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015

11 July, 2016

Universal credit full service online system used to report 90 per cent of changes in circumstances

However, new DWP statistics also show claimants reporting changes relating to caring and housing were less likely to use the full service online system

11 July, 2016

20 per cent of universal credit awards that include housing costs are paid direct to landlords

New DWP statistics also show that managed payments of universal credit to landlords are far more prevalent for tenants of social landlords

11 July, 2016

DWP publishes updated universal credit evaluation framework

New document outlines the DWP's plans for continuing to develop the universal credit evidence base

11 July, 2016

NAO qualifies opinion on DWP accounts for 2015/2016 because of 'unacceptably high' level of fraud and error

However, Permanent Secretary says Department is employing 'new ways of working' that are helping to reduce annual running costs

08 July, 2016

Government consults on whether councils should fund a devolved attendance allowance from business rates

Minister for Disabled People says any new policy will protect existing claimants and any new responsibilities will be matched by transfer of equivalent spending power

08 July, 2016

Government rejects recommendation to give decision makers discretion to extend new housing benefit and pension credit payment period during absences abroad

However, response to the Social Security Advisory Committee extends new general 4-week period of allowable absence abroad to 26 weeks for victims of domestic violence

08 July, 2016

NAO publishes report on DWP investigation into misuse of flexible support fund at Plaistow jobcentre

Report finds DWP's investigations did not directly review wider cultural issues or pressures on jobcentre staff

07 July, 2016

Council ordered to pay damages after repeated failures to forward out of time benefit appeal to tribunal

Ombudsman also instructs council to review procedures regarding matters that can go to the Social Entitlement Chamber and Valuation Tribunal

07 July, 2016

Infrastructure and Projects Authority gives PIP an ‘amber/red’ rating for fourth consecutive year

'Successful delivery of the project is in doubt' and 'urgent action is needed'

07 July, 2016

DWP publishes terms of reference for second independent review of personal independence payment

Review to look at the effectiveness of the information gathering process and how further evidence is being used in decision making

06 July, 2016

40 per cent of local authorities in England and Wales overspent their allocated DHP funding in 2015/2016

New DWP statistics also show that 215 local authorities in England and Wales failed to spend a total of more than £4.8 million of DHP funding in 2015/2016

06 July, 2016

Using prepaid cards to make benefit payments has potential to promote financial inclusion and independence

New research concludes that it would be feasible for the DWP to carry out a more extensive trial of using prepaid cards to support vulnerable claimants

06 July, 2016

Participation in 'universal support delivered locally' has no statistically significant impact on either digital or financial capability

Evaluation of 11 trials highlights importance of effective systems being in place around data sharing, local service mapping and case management.

06 July, 2016

Almost two-thirds of new ESA claimants pass the work capability assessment

New DWP statistics show that, of these, more than 80 per cent are placed in the support group

04 July, 2016

Public Accounts Committee announces progress review inquiry into benefits and tax credits fraud and error

Committee seeks views on how HMRC and the DWP have addressed problems of overpayments and underpayments identified in its last report

01 July, 2016

Child benefit top-ups should be used to tackle food poverty in Scotland says Independent Working Group

New report also recommends prioritising benefits advice, and challenging maladministration and use of sanctions in the UK benefits system

01 July, 2016

Payments to mitigate welfare reform in Northern Ireland

New statutory rules provide for 'welfare supplementary payments' to be made to claimants who lose disability or carer's benefits

01 July, 2016

Public Accounts Committee announces progress review inquiry into universal credit

Written submissions invited by 12 July 2016

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