Welfare rights news

27 July, 2015

Scottish Social Justice Minister calls on Work and Pensions Secretary to rethink changes to definition of child poverty

'Any serious attempt to tackle inequality has to focus on in-work poverty', says Alex Neil

24 July, 2015

Government indicates that it has no plans to introduce charges for benefit appeals

Introduction of charges in the Social Entitlement Chamber would not be cost effective, says Ministry of Justice

24 July, 2015

Government withdraws funding for English classes for jobseeker’s allowance claimants

£45m cut to 'Esol plus mandation' programme will have 'immediate and devastating impact'

23 July, 2015

Only 37 per cent of those reaching state pension age in 2016/2017 will receive full amount of new state pension directly from the state

Minister of State for Pensions says shortfall will be compensated for by private pensions

22 July, 2015

Work and Pensions Committee launches inquiry into DWP benefit delivery

Views sought on extent to which payments are made correctly and promptly, impact of errors and delays and how performance might be monitored and improved

22 July, 2015

DWP confirms details of universal credit roll out between September 2015 and April 2016

New benefit to go live in more than 200 local authority areas across England, Wales and Scotland

22 July, 2015

Government to publish data on the number of ESA and incapacity benefit claimants who have died 'no later than the autumn'

Employment Minister confirms that statistics will be published 'very soon' in response to Urgent Question in House of Commons

22 July, 2015

Changes to tribunal rules

New statutory instrument clarifies direct lodgement process and allows respondent to apply to First-tier Tribunal to prevent withdrawal of appeal from being effective

22 July, 2015

Level of DWP and HMRC fraud and error is a 'long-standing and significant problem', says National Audit Office

New stocktake finds that both departments continue to lose large amounts of money through overpayments and vulnerable people get less than they are entitled to

21 July, 2015

‘Universal support - delivered locally’ trials to be extended for three months

Extension designed to allow for more time to 'gather more robust data', says DWP

21 July, 2015

DWP signs contract with Atos Canopy for secure transmission of benefit and tax credit data to local authorities

New cloud based Data Hub due to developed and implemented by the end of November 2015

21 July, 2015

Introduction of new state pension in Northern Ireland from April 2016

New statutory rule

21 July, 2015

Government publishes impact assessments relating to measures in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill

An extra 224,000 children expected to be affected by benefit cap changes, 500,000 familes by ESA reforms and 3.7 million by tax credit and universal credit changes

21 July, 2015

Public Bill Committee calls for evidence on Welfare Reform and Work Bill

Written submissions sought on factual matters the Committee should be aware of and suggested amendments

21 July, 2015

Social Security Advisory Committee sets out key issues that need to be addressed to ensure effective roll-out of universal credit

Recommendations in today's report include pause in further conditionality, detailed plan for transferring tax credit awards and continued commitment to addressing risks arising from payment procedures

21 July, 2015

Further roll-out of universal credit between September 2015 and April 2016

New statutory instrument

21 July, 2015

Welfare Reform and Work Bill receives second reading in House of Commons

MPs vote in favour of Bill by 308 to 124 following rejection of Labour's reasoned amendment

21 July, 2015

36,760 people assisted by Access to Work between April 2014 and March 2015

New DWP statistics show increase from 35,560 the previous year

21 July, 2015

Biggest challenge for local authorities in preparing for universal credit is lack of clear information on timescales and future plans

Finding of new DWP commissioned research by Ipsos MORI