Welfare rights news

27 February, 2015

St David’s Day Agreement highlights need for consideration of Welsh Government's role in the administration of DWP employment programmes

However, transfer of new powers to Wales will not result in devolution of social security

27 February, 2015

Allowing young traineeship participants to retain entitlement to benefit

New statutory instrument

27 February, 2015

Mortgage lenders’ contributions to the cost of the ‘Managed Payments to Mortgage Lenders’ scheme

New statutory instrument

27 February, 2015

Impact on benefit entitlement of new ‘pension flexibilities’ being introduced from April 2015

DWP issues new housing benefit guidance

27 February, 2015

Government responds to short term recommendations from Paul Gray's independent review of personal independence payment

Response is an important step in outlining the action the DWP will take, together with the independent assessment providers, to deliver positive changes, says Work and Pensions Minister

27 February, 2015

Government accepts majority of recommendations made by Dr Patrick Litchfield in his fifth and final independent review of the WCA

Work and Pensions Minister says that he agrees with Dr Litchfield’s analysis of the 'key areas for further exploration'

26 February, 2015

'Surplus earnings' rule in universal credit will only apply where the claimant has been earning more than £300 over the nil universal credit threshold

New statutory instrument also includes an exemption from the rule for victims of domestic abuse

26 February, 2015

Miscellaneous amendments to child maintenance scheme

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

26 February, 2015

Amendment to maternity allowance earnings rules

New statutory instrument removes references to 'certificate of small earnings exception'

26 February, 2015

Third party payments to creditors from universal credit will be made every 28 days

Updated guidance from the DWP highlights that, as there are only 12 assessment periods in a year, there will be one 28 day cycle when no payment is made

26 February, 2015

Universal credit data sharing being introduced from 16 February 2015 in areas that are part of national roll-out to single people

Minister for Disabled People tells parliament that new powers being implemented on a 'test and learn' basis

26 February, 2015

Poverty among young adults increased at more than double the rate of other age groups over last decade

New research from the New Policy Institute finds that this is due to both rising worklessness and an increase in poverty in working households due to housing tenure

25 February, 2015

DWP has made 'very little progress' in delivering universal credit despite £700m spent so far, says Public Accounts Committee

In new report, Committee highlights that just 0.3 per cent of the seven million claimants expected in longer term were claiming new benefit in October 2014

25 February, 2015

Extension of jobseeker’s allowance sickness periods

New statutory instrument provides for 'extended period of sickness' of up to 13 weeks from 30 March 2015

25 February, 2015

Government intervention can make a massive difference to living standards and future levels of poverty, says Fabian Society

However, it warns that inaction will lead to stagnant living standards and a huge rise in poverty and inequality

25 February, 2015

Amendments to application of social security reciprocal agreements with Australia, Canada and New Zealand

New statutory instrument ensures that residence in EEA territories and Switzerland is treated as residence in the UK for the purposes of the agreements

25 February, 2015

42,500 sanctions imposed on lone parent income support claimants in year to September 2014

New DWP statistics show that this represents 5.7 per cent of client base

24 February, 2015

Maximus aims to carry out one million work capability assessments this year

Firm taking over from Atos on 1 March tells BBC it will need to take on hundreds of new healthcare professionals to clear 500,000 to 600,000 backlog and deal with new claims