Welfare rights news

27 May, 2015

New Full Employment and Welfare Benefits Bill introduced in Queen’s Speech

Speech also announces Scotland Bill which sets out welfare powers to be devolved

27 May, 2015

Prescription of asthma in cleaners for industrial injuries benefit purposes

IIAC review concludes that case for prescription is not made so far

27 May, 2015

Prescription of bladder cancer in relation to exposure to mineral oils for industrial injuries benefit purposes

IIAC review concludes that threshold for prescription has not been reached

27 May, 2015

43,100 sanctions imposed on lone parent income support claimants in year to December 2014

New DWP statistics show that this represents 5.9 per cent of client base

27 May, 2015

Northern Ireland Welfare Reform Bill blocked by petition of concern lodged by Sinn Fein and SDLP

Vote of 58 to 39 in favour of Bill insufficient for it to attain required level of cross-community support

27 May, 2015

Housing benefit subsidy to local authorities

New housing benefit guidance also sets out burdens payments for local authorities in relation to migrants access to benefits

26 May, 2015

Making welfare cuts of £12bn by 2017/2018 will involve 'difficult decisions', says Institute for Fiscal Studies

New briefing highlights balance to be struck between measures that will weaken work incentives and those that will increase poverty

26 May, 2015

Scottish local authorities awarded more than £50m in discretionary housing payments between April 2014 and March 2015

New figures also show that 118,000 awards made with average value of £429

26 May, 2015

DWP ‘streamlines’ 29 Mail Opening Units into two new ones

Under new 'Agility Platform', post to be opened, scanned and indexed before valuable documents returned to claimants on day they are received

22 May, 2015

One in five families struggling to provide basics due to cuts in children’s benefits

End Child Poverty coalition calls for a 'triple lock' on children's benefits and tax credits to help reduce child poverty

21 May, 2015

SSAC calls on government to ensure that localised social security is sustainably funded, protects vulnerable groups and is consistently applied

New report also highlights need for cross-departmental approach and recommends that National Audit Office be asked to audit provision every three years, starting this year

21 May, 2015

Proportion of disability benefit claims being made primarily for mental and behavioural reasons has increased substantially

New research paper from the Institute for Fiscal Studies also shows that disability benefit receipt more related to education and less to age than in the past

20 May, 2015

Less than a quarter of Work Programme attachments have led to job outcome

New DWP figures supplied in response to freedom of information request

19 May, 2015

Valuation Office publishes local reference rents as at 31 January 2015

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

18 May, 2015

Chancellor to outline further cuts to welfare bill in second 2015 Budget on 8 July

Reforms will make benefit system 'fair to the people that pay for it', says George Osborne

15 May, 2015

DWP announces successful applications to the Fraud and Error Reduction Incentive Scheme bid fund

New HB guidance highlights that 32 applications were successful and awarded a total of just over £3m

14 May, 2015

UK Government's proposed welfare provisions do not yet meet the 'spirit and substance' of the Smith Commission, says Scottish Parliament's Devolution Committee

Interim report on how Smith Commission's recommendations have been translated into proposed law calls on new UK Government to develop further legislation in co-operation with stakeholders in Scotland

14 May, 2015

More than 58,000 households have had their benefit capped since April 2013

New figures from the DWP also show that, of those who are no longer subject to the cap, just 41 per cent are exempt due to a working tax credit claim

14 May, 2015

Almost twice as much benefit was overpaid due to error than was lost due to fraud in 2014/2015

New DWP statistics also show that £1.4bn was underpaid, of which £0.5bn was due to official error