Welfare rights news

29 July, 2016

Scottish Government consults on new social security system

Minister for Social Security says evidence gathered will inform the development and drafting of Scotland’s Social Security Bill

29 July, 2016

Lone parent conditionality more likely to result in other benefit claims than a move into work, says IFS

New research also finds that the 'lone parent obligation' has resulted in a large proportion of claimants moving into unregistered unemployment

28 July, 2016

Social Security Advisory Committee announces appointment of new members

Appointments will bring a wide-range of expertise and skills to the committee, says chair Paul Gray

27 July, 2016

Increases in state pension age may adversely affect some vulnerable groups

New briefing note from the Pensions Policy Institute explores different options for mitigating the impact

26 July, 2016

£33.4 million awarded through the Scottish Welfare Fund in 2015/2016

New statistics from the Scottish government show that over half of those helped are single people

26 July, 2016

Pension credit and benefit claimants eligible for Warm Home Discounts for a further two years

New statutory instrument

25 July, 2016

Work and Health Programme should adopt a ‘whatever works’ approach to employment support, says IPPR North

New report also proposes tailored, case by case assessment and a broader range of interventions to help claimants into work

25 July, 2016

Difference between housing benefit received and total rent has more than doubled in the social sector in the last six years

DCLG publishes results of social rented sector 'English Housing Survey' for 2014/2015

25 July, 2016

Reduction of permitted periods of temporary absence from Great Britain for pension credit

New DWP guidance

21 July, 2016

Government rejects recommendation to publish regular sanctions statistics during in-work conditionality trial

However, Work and Pensions Committee says that, if financial sanctions are being used appropriately, it sees no reason why the DWP should not publish details now

21 July, 2016

Mandatory reconsideration process should be standardised across DWP and HMRC with clear communications on the processes and time limits that apply

New report from the SSAC also recommends that work coaches make wider use of JSA sickness provisions for those challenging fit for work decisions

21 July, 2016

Work and Pensions Committee launches inquiry into employment opportunities for young people

Inquiry will consider whether current provision, including support offered via Jobcentre Plus, is sufficient to enable full access to and participation in the labour market

21 July, 2016

Problems with DWP and HMRC telephony ‘still appear to abound’, says SSAC

New report also calls for DWP and HMRC to use 0800 enquiry line numbers for vulnerable or low income customers

21 July, 2016

Introduction of universal credit in Northern Ireland delayed until autumn 2017

However, completion of roll-out still expected by 2018 according to Department for Communities

21 July, 2016

Opposition day motion to scrap housing benefit cap for supported accommodation defeated in the Commons

However, Work and Pensions Secretary says that he will make an announcement on a review of supported accommodation funding 'early in the autumn'

20 July, 2016

Roll-out of universal credit to be further delayed, Work and Pensions Secretary announces

Migration of existing claims will not now be complete until March 2022

20 July, 2016

Income from benefits and low paid work fail to give famillies enough to cover childcare and essential costs

New research published by the JRF also finds lone parents are particularly affected by cuts to in-work support in universal credit

20 July, 2016

Scotland to introduce new Child Poverty Bill

UK Government's decision to repeal large parts of the Child Poverty Act 2010 is 'fundamentally wrong', says First Minister

20 July, 2016

Reduction of allowable period of temporary absence from Great Britain for housing benefit and pension credit

New DWP guidance