Welfare rights news

4 August, 2015

Sharing of data on universal credit claimants with local authorities for council tax support purposes

DWP update on plans to migrate from manual to automated processes

4 August, 2015

Landlords convicted of illegally evicting a tenant could be required to repay equivalent of 12 months' housing benefit

Proposal contained in new DCLG consultation paper designed to tackle 'rogue landlords'

3 August, 2015

IIAC rejects call for prescription of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in woodworkers

Relationship between COPD and work with wood dusts is 'limited, of variable quality and inconsistent in its findings'

31 July, 2015

New definition of ‘service user’ in the Computation of Earnings regulations

New DWP guidance

31 July, 2015

Proposed cuts to tax credits should be scrutinised by Select Committees, says Harriet Harman

Labour's acting leader writes to Prime Minister calling for £6bn cuts to be put on hold

29 July, 2015

More than 100,000 Londoners affected by changes to council tax support were issued with a court summons in 2014/2015

New report from CPAG and Z2K also finds that more than 12,000 council tax support claimants were referred to bailiffs and more than 71,000 were charged £8.5m in court costs on top of their council tax arrears

29 July, 2015

Government launches review of whether benefit entitlement for people with addictions or obesity should be linked to accepting treatment

Independent review to be carried out by Dame Carol Black with call for evidence issued today

28 July, 2015

Welsh Assembly's Public Accounts Committee urges Welsh Government to develop strategy to manage impact of welfare reform

New report also recommends that Welsh Government publishes a cost/benefit analysis of mitigating full impact of bedroom tax

28 July, 2015

Permanent residence for EEA nationals and their families

New HB guidance

28 July, 2015

More than 150,000 households receive assistance from Scottish Welfare Fund

New statistics also show that almost £3.9m awarded for food in 2014/2015, up from £2.4m the previous year

27 July, 2015

Scottish Social Justice Minister calls on Work and Pensions Secretary to rethink changes to definition of child poverty

'Any serious attempt to tackle inequality has to focus on in-work poverty', says Alex Neil

24 July, 2015

Government indicates that it has no plans to introduce charges for benefit appeals

Introduction of charges in the Social Entitlement Chamber would not be cost effective, says Ministry of Justice

24 July, 2015

Government withdraws funding for English classes for jobseeker’s allowance claimants

£45m cut to 'Esol plus mandation' programme will have 'immediate and devastating impact'

23 July, 2015

Only 37 per cent of those reaching state pension age in 2016/2017 will receive full amount of new state pension directly from the state

Minister of State for Pensions says shortfall will be compensated for by private pensions

22 July, 2015

Work and Pensions Committee launches inquiry into DWP benefit delivery

Views sought on extent to which payments are made correctly and promptly, impact of errors and delays and how performance might be monitored and improved

22 July, 2015

DWP confirms details of universal credit roll out between September 2015 and April 2016

New benefit to go live in more than 200 local authority areas across England, Wales and Scotland

22 July, 2015

Government to publish data on the number of ESA and incapacity benefit claimants who have died 'no later than the autumn'

Employment Minister confirms that statistics will be published 'very soon' in response to Urgent Question in House of Commons

22 July, 2015

Changes to tribunal rules

New statutory instrument clarifies direct lodgement process and allows respondent to apply to First-tier Tribunal to prevent withdrawal of appeal from being effective

22 July, 2015

Level of DWP and HMRC fraud and error is a 'long-standing and significant problem', says National Audit Office

New stocktake finds that both departments continue to lose large amounts of money through overpayments and vulnerable people get less than they are entitled to