Welfare rights news

17 April, 2015

Just over 85,000 people have made a claim for universal credit since April 2013

However, new DWP statistics show that, of these, only 52,000 have progressed to start on the benefit

17 April, 2015

28,000 benefit cap cases to be revised following benefit uprating

New housing benefit guidance

14 April, 2015

Welfare benefit and tax credits measures in the Conservative Party election manifesto

Manifesto 2015 promises 'strong leadership, a clear economic plan, a brighter more secure future'

14 April, 2015

Amendment to maternity allowance earnings rules in Northern Ireland

New statutory rule.

13 April, 2015

Welfare benefit and tax credits measures in the Labour Party election manifesto

'Manifesto 2015: Britain can be better' outlines 'a plan to reward hard work, share prosperity and build a better Britain'

13 April, 2015

Entitlement to DLA on grounds of severe mental impairment following brain injury after the age of 30

DWP issues new guidance following Upper Tribunal's decision in CDLA/1079/2012

13 April, 2015

DWP confirms further details of personal independence payment roll-out

Benefit to be extended to existing DLA claimants in 49 additional postcode areas between May and July 2015

9 April, 2015

Growth in use of food banks directly linked to welfare cuts and sanctions, say academics

British Medical Journal article finds that food banks more likely to be established in areas affected by cuts and that rise in use is concentrated in areas where claimants are experiencing more sanctions

7 April, 2015

Almost 60 per cent of ESA claimants sanctioned between October 2013 and September 2014 had mental health problems

Figures included in DWP response to freedom of information request also show that total number of ESA sanctions for that period had more than doubled in comparison to year before

2 April, 2015

48 per cent of individuals live in a household receiving means-tested benefits when monitored over time

New research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies highlights the importance of looking at the impact of tax and benefit reforms across individuals' lifetimes

2 April, 2015

2.3 million low income families adversely affected by council tax support changes

New Policy Institute also finds that from April 2015, 250 councils require all residents to pay some council tax regardless of income, up from 229 in 2013/2014

2 April, 2015

Increase in rate of deduction that can be made by direct earnings attachment to be delayed

New edition of HB Direct confirms that DWP will not be implementing legislation introducing changes from 6 April 2015 until negotiations with payroll software industry completed

2 April, 2015

Impact on housing benefit of the new 'pension flexibilities' being introduced from April 2015

New housing benefit guidance

2 April, 2015

Help with NHS costs in Scotland

New statutory instrument

2 April, 2015

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

New regulation issued in Northern Ireland

1 April, 2015

Housing benefit should be excluded from universal credit in Scotland, says Shelter Scotland

New research also recommends that housing benefit should be redesigned in order to give people more choice and responsibility over their housing

1 April, 2015

Automatic right to be treated as having limited capability for work on repeat ESA claim made more than six months after being found fit for work removed in Northern Ireland

New statutory rule

31 March, 2015

Local Government Association recommends replacing Work Programme with locally devolved schemes

New report argues that services run by central government give insufficient freedom to local areas to meet local needs and ambitions