Welfare rights news

28 April, 2015

Number of applications to Scottish Welfare Fund rose by 13 per cent in last year

New statistics also show that 10 per cent more crisis grants and 15 per cent more community care grants awarded between October and December 2014 than in same quarter in previous year

27 April, 2015

Welfare to work provider A4e sold in deal worth £34.5m

Acquisition will result in Staffline Group becoming one of the largest Work Programme providers in the UK

27 April, 2015

Help with NHS costs in Wales

New statutory instrument

24 April, 2015

Removing right of EEA nationals and their family members to claim universal credit

New DWP guidance

23 April, 2015

Removing entitlement to winter fuel payments for those living in European countries with warmer climates

New regulations issued in Northern Ireland

22 April, 2015

Problems with benefits remain the largest driver of foodbank use, says the Trussell Trust

New figures also highlight that more than one million food parcels were provided in the last year, an increase of 19 per cent

17 April, 2015

Just over 85,000 people have made a claim for universal credit since April 2013

However, new DWP statistics show that, of these, only 52,000 have progressed to start on the benefit

17 April, 2015

28,000 benefit cap cases to be revised following benefit uprating

New housing benefit guidance

14 April, 2015

Welfare benefit and tax credits measures in the Conservative Party election manifesto

Manifesto 2015 promises 'strong leadership, a clear economic plan, a brighter more secure future'

14 April, 2015

Amendment to maternity allowance earnings rules in Northern Ireland

New statutory rule.

13 April, 2015

Welfare benefit and tax credits measures in the Labour Party election manifesto

'Manifesto 2015: Britain can be better' outlines 'a plan to reward hard work, share prosperity and build a better Britain'

13 April, 2015

Entitlement to DLA on grounds of severe mental impairment following brain injury after the age of 30

DWP issues new guidance following Upper Tribunal's decision in CDLA/1079/2012

13 April, 2015

Removing entitlement to winter fuel payments for those living in European countries with warmer climates

New DWP guidance

13 April, 2015

DWP confirms further details of personal independence payment roll-out

Benefit to be extended to existing DLA claimants in 49 additional postcode areas between May and July 2015

9 April, 2015

Growth in use of food banks directly linked to welfare cuts and sanctions, say academics

British Medical Journal article finds that food banks more likely to be established in areas affected by cuts and that rise in use is concentrated in areas where claimants are experiencing more sanctions

7 April, 2015

Almost 60 per cent of ESA claimants sanctioned between October 2013 and September 2014 had mental health problems

Figures included in DWP response to freedom of information request also show that total number of ESA sanctions for that period had more than doubled in comparison to year before

2 April, 2015

48 per cent of individuals live in a household receiving means-tested benefits when monitored over time

New research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies highlights the importance of looking at the impact of tax and benefit reforms across individuals' lifetimes

2 April, 2015

2.3 million low income families adversely affected by council tax support changes

New Policy Institute also finds that from April 2015, 250 councils require all residents to pay some council tax regardless of income, up from 229 in 2013/2014