Welfare rights news

1 September, 2015

Government rejects SSAC’s recommendation to draw up clear guidelines for local welfare assistance

Response to review of localisation and social security also confirms that there will no further analysis of whether the new system is delivering better outcomes than the social fund

27 August, 2015

DWP release statistics on mortality rates for those on out-of-work working age benefits

'Information cannot be used as evidence to support a link or otherwise between mortality and benefit receipt' says DWP

26 August, 2015

DWP confirms details of further roll out of PIP to those with long term or indefinite DLA award

Claimants in a further 29 postcodes to be invited to claim from 1 September 2015

26 August, 2015

Almost 240,000 young people took up work experience between April 2012 and May 2015

New Youth Contract statistics also show that, during course of wage incentive programme, payments made for a total of just under 36,500 individuals

26 August, 2015

43,800 sanctions imposed on lone parent income support claimants in year to March 2015

New DWP statistics show that this represents 6 per cent of client base

25 August, 2015

Scottish local authorities award 84,000 discretionary housing payment betweeen April and June 2015

New statistics also show that total value of awards spent or committed across Scotland was £40.5m

24 August, 2015

Iain Duncan Smith signals reform of WCA to focus 'on what a claimant can do and the support they'll need - and not just on what they can't do'

In speech today, Work and Pensions Secretary also pledges to halve gap between employment rate of disabled and non-disabled people

21 August, 2015

Help with NHS optical charges and payments in Wales

New statutory instrument

19 August, 2015

Government to publish mortality statistics for people on out-of-work benefits

Statistics, which will cover the period from March 2003 to February 2014, to be published on 27 August 2015

18 August, 2015

Valuation Office publishes local reference rents as at 30 July 2015

Rents for residential properties in England listed by broad rental market area and property size

17 August, 2015

PIP overtakes ESA as most common problem presented to Citizens Advice

'For too many people the system is not working', says Chief Executive

17 August, 2015

Young jobseeker’s allowance claimants to be sent to three-week ‘boot camp’

Measure to form part of 'no excuses' culture being created by cross-government Earn or Learn Taskforce, says Paymaster General

13 August, 2015

Changes to DWP’s discretionary housing payments guidance manual

New HB guidance

13 August, 2015

Clarification of effective dates for housing benefit

New HB guidance

12 August, 2015

More than 1.75m sanctions applied to jobseeker's allowance claimants since new regime began in October 2012

New DWP statistics also show that almost 67,000 sanctions applied to employment and support allowance claimants under new regime

12 August, 2015

Scottish Government working with DWP to implement changes to universal credit

Powers under Scotland Bill to be used to allow twice monthly payments to claimants and to pay housing element direct to social landlords

12 August, 2015

Cost of raising a child remains high at almost £150,000

New report from CPAG also finds that, although cost will rise less steeply in future years, state support for children will deteriorate sharply

12 August, 2015

Less than 90,000 claimants on universal credit caseload as of 9 July 2015

New DWP statistics also show that almost 175,000 claims have been made since benefit introduced in 2013, with just over 26,000 of those made in last four weeks

12 August, 2015

DWP confirms further details of personal independence payment roll-out

Disability living allowance claimants in a further three postcodes to be invited to claim from 17 August 2015