Welfare rights news

6 March, 2015

Increases in overpayment recovery rates

New statutory instrument increases maximum deduction from benefit to 40 per cent of personal allowance where claimant has accepted administrative penalty and doubles amount recoverable through direct earnings attachment in most cases

6 March, 2015

Miscellaneous amendments to child maintenance scheme in Northern Ireland

New statutory instrument includes provisions relating to correction of accidental errors and disclosing information to credit reference agencies

6 March, 2015

Changes to calculation of earnings for purposes of national insurance contributions

New statutory instrument provides disregard for cost of pensions advice regarding conversion or transfer of pension scheme which employers are required to provide

6 March, 2015

Benefit up-rating for 2015/2016.

New statutory instrument

6 March, 2015

Guardian’s allowance uprating 2015/2016

New statutory instrument

6 March, 2015

Child benefit and tax credit uprating 2015/2016

New statutory instrument

6 March, 2015

Up-rating of pneumoconiosis lump sum payments

New statutory instrument

6 March, 2015

Up-rating of mesothelioma lump sum payments

New statutory instrument

5 March, 2015

Automatic right to be treated as having limited capability for work on repeat ESA claim made more than six months after being found fit for work to be removed

New statutory instrument provides that, from 30 March 2015, repeat claim will only be accepted if claimant shows new health condition or that existing condition has significantly worsened and also provides that no ESA will be paid pending appeal on repeat claim

5 March, 2015

IIAC publishes reports on role of rebuttal in presumption that disease is due to nature of employment

Concluding that strengthened guidance is needed, Council identifies diseases where presumption should almost always apply and publishes Position Paper on rebuttal and diseases due to multiple causes

5 March, 2015

Mortgate lenders contribution to cost of making payments of mortgage interest directly to them in Northern Ireland

New statutory rule

5 March, 2015

Help with NHS costs

New statutory instrument increases dental charges, increases value of optical vouchers and extends entitlement of universal credit claimants to exemption from NHS charges and assistance with NHS travel costs

5 March, 2015

Calculation of additional state pension in Northern Ireland

New statutory rules

4 March, 2015

Lone parents in Scotland set to lose £1,800 a year by the time welfare reforms come to full fruition

New research, commissioned by the Welfare Reform Committee, also finds little hope that loss of benefit income will be offset by growth in employment income

4 March, 2015

Miscellaneous amendments to social security legislation

New statutory instrument

4 March, 2015

Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill passed by Scottish Parliament

Bill puts on a statutory footing the requirement to provide day-to-day living expenses and household items to those in crisis or need

4 March, 2015

DWP outlines additional funding that will be made to local authorities following the Real Time Information Bulk Data Matching Project

New DWP guidance

3 March, 2015

Amendments to tax credits appeals rules in Northern Ireland

New statutory instrument

3 March, 2015

Tax Credits uprating 2015/2016

New statutory instrument