Welfare rights news

4 February, 2016

Government should set a single rate for out-of-work benefits, says Reform thinktank

New report recommends that savings from rate reduction should be reinvested into PIP and into support services

4 February, 2016

MSPs say 'unacceptable' that UK Ministers have failed to answer its questions on the welfare reform programme in Scotland

UK Minister for Employment says 'parliamentary commitments' have prevented her meeting the Committee and will continue to do so up to dissolution on 23 March

4 February, 2016

2016/2017 government funding for local authorites in respect of discretionary housing payments

New DWP guidance

4 February, 2016

Welsh Government calls on UK Government to exempt tenants in supported housing from planned housing benefit cuts

Minister writes to Lord Freud to say policy is 'unjust and counterproductive'

4 February, 2016

21,000 households had their benefit capped in November 2015

New DWP statistics also show that only three local authorities outside London - Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh - are in the top twenty affected

4 February, 2016

Amendments to council tax reduction schemes in Scotland

New statutory instrument

3 February, 2016

Prime Minister welcomes EU Council president's draft proposals for a 'new settlement' on social benefits and free movement

However, Mr Cameron acknowledges that 'none of this is agreed yet, none of the detail is fixed and there is more work to be done'

3 February, 2016

Changes to the amount of the childcare costs element in universal credit

New DWP guidance

3 February, 2016

Changes to work allowances in universal credit

New DWP guidance

3 February, 2016

Further extension of digital claims for universal credit

New DWP guidance

3 February, 2016

Renewal DLA claims where a person aged over 65 returns to Great Britain from an EU member state within 12 months

New DWP guidance

3 February, 2016

2.1m working households to lose average of £1,600 a year as a result of the introduction of universal credit

New report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies highlights that this marks a reversal of the benefit's original intention

3 February, 2016

Roll-out of universal credit still has ‘a long way to go’, says Public Accounts Committee

New progress update finds DWP is 'either unable or unwilling to level with parliament and the public about universal credit'

3 February, 2016

Data sharing between universal credit and local authorities to support claims for council tax reduction to be implemented next month

However, Employment Minister confirms that there will be no automated applications for council tax reduction via universal credit

2 February, 2016

New tool to enable PIP assessments to be recorded electronically now up and running

Governmentcomputing.com also reports that a mobile version will be introduced in the spring

2 February, 2016

Government says that 'a whole lot of other benefits' are available to women affected by acceleration of changes to state pension age

Abolition of the default retirement age also means that people can work for as long as they wish, says Work and Pensions Minister

2 February, 2016

Government launches trial of personal budgets for recipients of Access to Work support

Initiative designed to provide people with more choice and more control over the support they receive to help them to start or stay in work

2 February, 2016

Bedroom tax does not discriminate against victims of domestic violence, says DWP Minister

Justin Tomlinson responds in the Commons to last week's Court of Appeal judgment in Rutherford & Ors

1 February, 2016

Restricting housing benefit and pension credit entitlement to 4 weeks in the event of temporary absence from Great Britain

Social Security Advisory Committee launches consultation on draft regulations