Welfare rights news

9 October, 2015

Child poverty remains unchanged in Scotland but is at risk from UK Government cuts

Having full powers over tax and welfare would mean Scottish Government could do much more to improve childrens' lives, says Social Justice Secretary

9 October, 2015

Universal credit may have destabilising impact on ability to identify pupil premium eligibility

Public Accounts Committee calls for DWP to write to Committee within six months on its plans to mitigate the risk

8 October, 2015

DWP launches new Specialist Employability Support service

New edition of Touchbase reports that service will help unemployed disabled people move closer to the labour market

8 October, 2015

DWP taking inspiration from Facebook and LinkedIn to design its digital approach to social security

Director General of digital technology wants the Department to become a 'network hub of data sources about people's lives'

8 October, 2015

Nine out of ten young people participating in YMCA research felt that jobcentre support was not helping them find work

New report recommends that proposed Youth Obligation be matched with obligation on jobcentres to provide more effective employment support

8 October, 2015

Summer Budget changes will lead to up to 200,000 more working families living in poverty by 2020, says Resolution Foundation

New report finds that gains from introduction of National Living Wage will be 'dwarfed' by cuts to tax credits

7 October, 2015

Scottish Government to have power to reverse tax credit cuts

Scotsman reports 'senior Whitehall source' as saying that UK Government will issue statement confirming power which is to be set out in changes to Scotland Bill

7 October, 2015

Scotland’s First Minister calls for ‘significant additional powers’ in relation to carer’s allowance

Ability to define who is a carer should rest with Scottish Parliament, not with Westminster, says Nicola Sturgeon

6 October, 2015

Government will reform ESA to stop people being treated as 'passive victims', says Iain Duncan Smith

Work and Pensions Secretary tells Conservative Party Conference that welfare reforms need to 'rekindle self-reliance, rebuild self-worth and reawaken responsibility'

5 October, 2015

Prime Minister confirms that Chancellor will not revise tax credit cuts in next month's autumn statement

David Cameron tells BBC that 'the changes we have put forward are right'

2 October, 2015

Government urged to mitigate proposed tax credit cuts by maintaining current threshold and taper for the poorest households

In a letter to George Osborne, Chair of the Work and Pensions Committee says cost could be offset by increasing the taper for higher earners

2 October, 2015

Reassessments for PIP to be rolled out across Great Britain from October 2015 following initial small scale trials

DWP update to housing benefit staff

30 September, 2015

DWP confirms that entitlement to housing benefit should continue without interruption during a sanction

New HB guidance

30 September, 2015

Just over one in four individuals in the troubled families programme have achieved a 'P45 employment start'

New DWP statistics show that, of these, just under two-thirds sustained the employment for at least 13 weeks

29 September, 2015

Government’s social rent reduction policy expected to lead to housing benefit savings of £2bn a year by 2020/2021

New impact assessment also highlights that policy will lead to an average rent reduction of 12 per cent in the social housing sector

28 September, 2015

Labour Party will oppose the Welfare Bill ‘line by line’

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary undertakes to make the case for an 'efficient and compassionate' welfare state

24 September, 2015

Scottish Government to change rules on free school meals, early learning and childcare to mitigate effect of tax credits reforms

'We will protect this essential support for many vulnerable children in Scotland', says Nicola Sturgeon

24 September, 2015

Welfare benefits legal aid caseload for April to June 2015 down by more than 50 per cent on previous year

New MoJ statistics also show that just one welfare benefits case was awarded exceptional case funding

23 September, 2015

HMRC show 'limited appetite for reflection and learning from their interaction with customers' says Adjudicator

Annual report notes that handling of tax credit complaints must improve before 'move to universal credit generates further disruption for customers'