Welfare rights news

22 May, 2015

One in five families struggling to provide basics due to cuts in children’s benefits

End Child Poverty coalition calls for a 'triple lock' on children's benefits and tax credits to help reduce child poverty

21 May, 2015

SSAC calls on government to ensure that localised social security is sustainably funded, protects vulnerable groups and is consistently applied

New report also highlights need for cross-departmental approach and recommends that National Audit Office be asked to audit provision every three years, starting this year

21 May, 2015

Proportion of disability benefit claims being made primarily for mental and behavioural reasons has increased substantially

New research paper from the Institute for Fiscal Studies also shows that disability benefit receipt more related to education and less to age than in the past

20 May, 2015

Less than a quarter of Work Programme attachments have led to job outcome

New DWP figures supplied in response to freedom of information request

19 May, 2015

Valuation Office publishes local reference rents as at 31 January 2015

Rents for residential properties in England listed by broad rental market area and property size

18 May, 2015

Chancellor to outline further cuts to welfare bill in second 2015 Budget on 8 July

Reforms will make benefit system 'fair to the people that pay for it', says George Osborne

15 May, 2015

DWP announces successful applications to the Fraud and Error Reduction Incentive Scheme bid fund

New HB guidance highlights that 32 applications were successful and awarded a total of just over £3m

14 May, 2015

UK Government's proposed welfare provisions do not yet meet the 'spirit and substance' of the Smith Commission, says Scottish Parliament's Devolution Committee

Interim report on how Smith Commission's recommendations have been translated into proposed law calls on new UK Government to develop further legislation in co-operation with stakeholders in Scotland

14 May, 2015

More than 58,000 households have had their benefit capped since April 2013

New figures from the DWP also show that, of those who are no longer subject to the cap, just 41 per cent are exempt due to a working tax credit claim

14 May, 2015

Almost twice as much benefit was overpaid due to error than was lost due to fraud in 2014/2015

New DWP statistics also show that £1.4bn was underpaid, of which £0.5bn was due to official error

13 May, 2015

More than 60,000 sanctions applied to employment and support allowance claimants since new regime began in December 2012

New DWP statistics also show that, under new regime, more than 100,000 jobseeker's allowance claimants have been sanctioned at least three times

13 May, 2015

Just under 54,000 claimants on universal credit caseload as at 9 April 2015

New DWP statistics also highlight that less than 100,000 people have made a claim for the new benefit since April 2013

12 May, 2015

Average clearance time for PIP new claim falls from peak of 41 weeks in July 2014 to 15 weeks in March 2015

New DWP statistics also show that more than 150,000 new claims and DLA reassessments awaiting clearance

12 May, 2015

New ministerial line-up at the DWP confirmed

Justin Tomlinson, Priti Patel and Ros Altmann to join Iain Duncan Smith and Lord Freud

11 May, 2015

Permanent residence for EEA nationals and their families

DWP issues new guidance

11 May, 2015

DWP publishes equality analysis of changes to the Access to Work scheme

Analysis highlights that changes may discourage employers from employing disabled people, increasing the likelihood of unlawful discrimination and reducing equality of opportunity

11 May, 2015

Iain Duncan Smith re-appointed as Work and Pensions Secretary

Mr Duncan Smith says that he is 'delighted to have the opportunity to complete the vital welfare reforms that have already helped so many people back into work'

6 May, 2015

Children’s benefits should be protected by a ‘triple lock’ to reduce child poverty

New report from CPAG in Scotland and Unison Scotland also highlights that six in ten children in poverty have a parent in work

6 May, 2015

Leaked DWP documents reveal ‘very, highly or extremely controversial’ potential cuts to benefits

Guardian reports on proposals drawn up in response to concerns that next government would struggle to keep to cap on welfare spending announced in Budget 2014