Welfare rights news

26 August, 2016

DWP estimates that 107,000 adults and 244,000 children will be affected by benefit cap when reduced levels are introduced from November 2016

New impact assessment indicates the average loss per household will be £60 per week

26 August, 2016

‘Steps 2 Success’ mandatory work scheme in Northern Ireland helps 21 per cent of claimants into work

New statistics also reveal that of the 31,773 who have been mandated to the scheme, only 2,854 have achieved employment of 6 months or more

25 August, 2016

Only eight per cent of GPoW interviews result in an extension of jobseeker’s allowance

New DWP statistics also show that the caseload of EEA nationals claiming housing benefit has decreased 75 per cent since restrictions were introduced in April 2014

24 August, 2016

Housing benefit must be made ‘significantly more generous’ or large numbers of people will become homeless, says Fabian Society

New research estimates 1.5 million low-income households will face increasing monthly shortfalls between housing benefit and rent by 2020

22 August, 2016

Housing benefit spending on private rented households doubles to £9.3 billion

New research from the NHF also finds that almost half of private rented households in receipt of housing benefit are in work

19 August, 2016

Tribunal rules and time limits in Scotland

New statutory instruments

18 August, 2016

Treatment of postgraduate master’s degree loans and special support loans for means-tested benefit purposes

DWP issues update to housing benefit staff

18 August, 2016

Benefit changes needed to help tackle homelessness, says Communities and Local Government Select Committee

MPs highlight impact of recent welfare reforms, with two thirds of English councils reporting that changes have increased homelessness locally

17 August, 2016

Bedroom tax is failing to achieve its aim of freeing up larger homes

Three-year study by g15 group of housing associations finds that only a handful of residents affected said that they had moved as a direct result of the policy

17 August, 2016

Number of people claiming universal credit exceeds 300,000 for first time

However, new DWP statistics also highlight that almost 25,000 claimants are 'working - with requirements'

17 August, 2016

Universal credit claimants’ access to discretionary housing payments

DWP issues reminder to local authorities that those with an entitlement to housing costs for rental liability can apply for a payment

17 August, 2016

DWP confirms changes to benefit cap levels to be introduced from 7 November 2016

Letters informing claimants that they may be impacted to be posted out from 19 September 2016

17 August, 2016

New Burdens payments for local authorities to help them cope with temporary accommodation funding pressures

New DWP guidance

16 August, 2016

Secondary legislation being presented 'without meaningful analysis of impact', says Social Security Advisory Committee

Absence of evidence underpinning some of the government’s policy choices 'a significant concern', says Committee chair

12 August, 2016

Merging disability benefits with local social care services is 'too big a risk to take with such a vulnerable group'

New report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation recommends that disability benefits be adapted to match the costs of disability more closely

11 August, 2016

Nearly half of poverty in the UK is directly associated with disability

New report from the NPI concludes that high rates of material deprivation among disabled people suggests a failing of the social security system in mitigating costs

11 August, 2016

Select Committee expresses concern about continued lack of DWP support to target unemployment amongst Muslim people

DWP should offer tailored support and provide local budgets in areas with high levels of Muslim unemployment, say MPs

9 August, 2016

Scottish Government launches consultation on new Child Poverty Bill

Proposed targets for tackling child poverty will be ‘significantly more ambitious than the original income targets scrapped by the current UK Government’