Welfare rights news

28 April, 2017

Future planned cuts to benefits will significantly reduce incomes of low-income working-age households, especially those with children

New analysis from the IFS says lowest three deciles will lose more than 4 per cent of income on average

28 April, 2017

Citizen’s income is a ‘distraction’ from finding workable solutions to welfare state problems

New report from the Work and Pensions Committee urges incoming government 'not to expend any energy on it'

27 April, 2017

Solving problems in the practical operation of universal credit must be an 'urgent priority' in the new Parliament, say MPs

Work and Pensions Committee writes to Secretary of State following a 'near unanimous set of concerns' raised during its inquiry into the benefit

27 April, 2017

Failures in universal credit administration are causing financial hardship for many Scottish claimants

New study by CPAG in Scotland recommends better training for Jobcentre staff and top-ups to universal credit by the Scottish Government to help support claimants at risk from full service roll out

27 April, 2017

Scottish Social Security Minister rules out use of private companies to carry out benefit assessments

New social security agency will 'put people before profits'

27 April, 2017

Approved training in Northern Ireland for the purposes of child benefit

New statutory instrument

26 April, 2017

Miscellaneous amendments following removal of ESA work-related activity component and universal credit limited capability for work element

New statutory instrument includes amendment that reinstates the higher over-25 rate of ESA for those under 25 who have completed a work capability assessment

26 April, 2017

Further roll-out of the universal credit full service

New statutory instrument provides for the expansion of the service between 3 May and 28 June 2017

26 April, 2017

Government's plans to shut Jobcentre Plus offices across Scotland are the result of 'incoherent planning'

Select Committee says effect on users, staff and the wider community must be fully understood before any closure is initiated

26 April, 2017

New Burdens payments relating to implementing welfare reform changes and the Single Fraud Investigation Service

New DWP guidance sets out the allocation of funding to each local authority in 2017/2018

26 April, 2017

Scottish Parliament calls on UK Government to remove the two child limit and scrap the ‘rape clause’

First Minister says scrapping the policy is the only appropriate way to mitigate its effects in Scotland

26 April, 2017

Interaction of tax credits and tax-free childcare accounts

New statutory instrument

25 April, 2017

Healthcare professionals in England will be able to submit DS1500s electronically from May 2017

DWP guidance updated

25 April, 2017

Referrals to food banks have increased by more than 16 per cent in universal credit full service areas

Trussell Trust reports that increase is more than double the national average

25 April, 2017

Scottish Welfare Fund awarded £26.1 million in grants in first nine months of 2016/2017

New statistics show that this represents an additional £1.8 million compared to the same period the previous year

21 April, 2017

Secretary of State sets out timetable for transfer of welfare powers to Scottish Government

Letter to Scottish Affairs Committee and Scottish Social Security Committee confirms legislative competence will transfer by May 2017

20 April, 2017

New rapid reclaim process for PIP claimants temporarily absent abroad for less than 12 months

DWP Minister says process will enable claimants to access benefit within two weeks of making a new claim on their return

20 April, 2017

Changes to support for those who lose entitlement to a Motability car when transferred to PIP

DWP Minister confirms extended access to Motability cars for up to six months for claimants not entitled to enhanced rate mobility component

20 April, 2017

Treatment of capital in a tax-free childcare account for the purposes of housing benefit

New housing benefit guidance