Welfare rights

7 April, 2017

Consequential amendments as a result of the introduction of bereavement support payment

New DWP guidance

6 April, 2017

Disability Rights UK raises concerns at ‘hidden’ ESA cut for under 25 year olds

Letter to Minister for Disabled People also highlights problems affecting the disabled child addition of universal credit and payment of universal credit to disabled students

6 April, 2017

Scrutiny Committee says Employment Minister's responses to its concerns about the two child limit are 'simply stock phrases'

Committee also concerned that a trend is developing where material that should be in secondary legislation is being left to guidance

6 April, 2017

Two child limit in universal credit and child tax credit comes into effect from today

DWP issues new guidance on the policy, and forms for claiming an exception

6 April, 2017

DWP issues new guidance in relation to the two child limit in housing benefit

Guidance confirms that, where an exception to the rule may apply, the housing benefit decision will follow that made by HMRC on the child tax credit claim

6 April, 2017

Government has reneged on promise of no cuts as a result of bereavement benefit reform, says Chair of Work and Pensions Committee

Reforms will now deliver £100 million of cuts at the expense of widowed parents and their children, says Frank Field

6 April, 2017

Two child limit will not apply to Scottish council tax reduction scheme

Scottish Government says that for benefits it has power to control it will not penalise people for having more than two children

6 April, 2017

Government must learn lessons from ‘catastrophic failure’ of Concentrix contract, say MPs

Public Accounts Committee finds that HMRC and Concentrix provided a ‘totally inadequate’ service which caused unnecessary hardship and distress

5 April, 2017

PIP awards made by the DWP will not be reduced as a result of amendments to regulations even at point claim is reviewed, says Lord Henley

However, Minister says the government is considering whether to adjust 'small number of cases' who may have been awarded a higher level of benefit by a tribunal

5 April, 2017

Removal of the ESA work-related activity component and universal credit limited capability for work element

New DWP guidance

5 April, 2017

Changes to the ESA exempt work and hardship payment rules

New DWP guidance

5 April, 2017

Effect of imprisonment on bereavement support payment

New DWP guidance

5 April, 2017

Majority of English councils have cut council tax support by introducing a minimum payment or a band cap

Remainder have made other changes such as removing the second adult rebate, reports the New Policy Institute

5 April, 2017

DRUK calls on government to urgently issue new guidance relating to PIP enhanced rate mobility for people with mental health conditions

DWP has 'a responsibility to ensure that the amendments are fully understood'

4 April, 2017

Work and Pensions Committee Member expresses concern about the hardship new claimants may face as a result of ESA cuts

I cannot say, hand on heart, that claimants will not be financially disadvantaged, says Heidi Allen

4 April, 2017

Government announces new plans to improve outcomes for children who grow up in workless families and face multiple disadvantages

Work and Pensions Secretary says that, because the root causes of disadvantage are not financial, the government's approach goes beyond the safety net of the welfare system

4 April, 2017

DWP issues correction to guidance relating to couples unable to share a bedroom because of disability

Revised guidance clarifies that there is no requirement for the couple to be unable to share due to a 'physical' disability

4 April, 2017

Social security reforms have had a particularly disproportionate, cumulative impact on the rights of disabled people

Progress towards real equality for disabled people is 'littered with missed opportunities and failures', says EHRC