Welfare rights news

12 February, 2016

Welfare Reform Bill risks creating a ‘lost generation’ of children growing up in poverty

Situation is 'utterly unacceptable', says chair of All-Party Parliamentary Group

11 February, 2016

DWP confirms details of universal credit roll-out to the full digital service

Phases 1 and 2 will take place between May and December 2016

11 February, 2016

Ensuring parity of legislation for social security, child support and pensions between Great Britain and Northern Ireland

New statutory instrument

10 February, 2016

Lord Freud confirms that benefit cap reductions are to be introduced from autumn 2016

Government also says that changes to the level of the cap will not be referred to the Social Security Advisory Committee

10 February, 2016

Households in receipt of carer’s allowance or guardian’s allowance to be exempt from the benefit cap

Government announces that regulations to give effect to exemptions will be brought forward later this year

10 February, 2016

DWP publishes results of 2014/2015 ‘claimant service and experience’ survey

For the first time, analysis also presents views and experiences of claimants in receipt of universal credit and personal independence payment

8 February, 2016

More tax credit mandatory reconsideration requests were received in the last two months of 2015 than in whole of preceding year

Figures provided in response to written questions by Work and Pensions Committee chair about performance of Concentrix

8 February, 2016

Scottish Government request urgent clarification of scope of social sector housing benefit changes

Changes will have a 'catastrophic impact' on vulnerable groups, says Social Justice Secretary

8 February, 2016

DWP publishes new housing benefit performance measurement good practice guide

Guide is designed to 'continue to ensure the provision of timely and accurate housing benefit payments and information'

8 February, 2016

Bill, that proposed restricting entitlement to benefits for EU and EEA nationals, withdrawn

'Sad reality' that measures can't be introduced until the UK leaves the European Union, says sponsor of Private Member's Bill

4 February, 2016

Government should set a single rate for out-of-work benefits, says Reform thinktank

New report recommends that savings from rate reduction should be reinvested into PIP and into support services

4 February, 2016

MSPs say 'unacceptable' that UK Ministers have failed to answer its questions on the welfare reform programme in Scotland

UK Minister for Employment says 'parliamentary commitments' have prevented her meeting the Committee and will continue to do so up to dissolution on 23 March

4 February, 2016

2016/2017 government funding for local authorites in respect of discretionary housing payments

New DWP guidance

4 February, 2016

Welsh Government calls on UK Government to exempt tenants in supported housing from planned housing benefit cuts

Minister writes to Lord Freud to say policy is 'unjust and counterproductive'

4 February, 2016

21,000 households had their benefit capped in November 2015

New DWP statistics also show that only three local authorities outside London - Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh - are in the top twenty affected

4 February, 2016

Amendments to council tax reduction schemes in Scotland

New statutory instrument

3 February, 2016

Prime Minister welcomes EU Council president's draft proposals for a 'new settlement' on social benefits and free movement

However, Mr Cameron acknowledges that 'none of this is agreed yet, none of the detail is fixed and there is more work to be done'

3 February, 2016

Changes to the amount of the childcare costs element in universal credit

New DWP guidance

3 February, 2016

Changes to work allowances in universal credit

New DWP guidance