Welfare rights news

26 May, 2016

Availability of suitable housing is the principal local factor that affects DHP expenditure

Survey of housing benefit managers carried out by the DWP also finds that data sharing with the Department is problematic for nearly a quarter of local authorities

26 May, 2016

First Minister sets out plans to put 'dignity and respect' back at the heart of Scotland's social security system

Priorities for the next five years of Scottish government to include abolition of the bedroom tax and to set up a new Scottish Social Security Agency

26 May, 2016

Almost half of referrals to Work Choice programme fail to result in a ‘job outcome’

DWP publishes new figures for Programme referrals, starts and outcomes for 2015/2016

26 May, 2016

New commencement order issued in relation to the Welfare Reform (Northern Ireland) Order

New statutory rule

25 May, 2016

Further extension of digital claims for universal credit

New DWP guidance

25 May, 2016

Additional payments for local authorities as a result of pension credit assessed income period reform

New DWP guidance sets out the payments that will be awarded to each authority

25 May, 2016

Carpal tunnel syndrome and wrist / forearm rotation

Industrial Injuries Advisory Council review concludes there is insufficient evidence to recommend prescription

24 May, 2016

Osteoarthritis of the knee and work in the construction industry

Industrial Injuries Advisory Council review concludes that threshold for prescription has not been reached

24 May, 2016

Three quarters of overturned PIP appeals caused by new evidence supplied at the tribunal hearing

Minister for Disabled People reports on findings from 2015/2016 'Internal Management Information'

24 May, 2016

Further roll-out of the universal credit digital service

New statutory instrument provides for the expansion of the service to a further sixteen jobcentres from 25 May, 29 June and 27 July 2016

24 May, 2016

Neurodegenerative diseases in professional sportspersons

Industrial Injuries Advisory Council review concludes there is insufficient evidence to recommend prescription

23 May, 2016

DWP sending out notifications from 24 May 2016 to claimants likely to be affected by benefit cap

Latest edition of HB Direct also advises that local authorities should not contact claimants until after notifications have gone out

23 May, 2016

Impact of welfare reforms included in UN Committee review of UK record on children’s rights

Amongst issues to be discussed are the benefit cap, benefit reductions and the two-child policy for tax credits

20 May, 2016

Changes to how short and extended periods of sickness are assessed for JSA claimants

New DWP guidance

19 May, 2016

Tribunal caseworkers approved to carry out all decisions that a judge may make except ‘substantive final decisions’

New practice statement sets out functions to be delegated to 'appropriately trained' staff appointed under the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007

19 May, 2016

Changes to JSA in Northern Ireland to clarify rules on short and extended periods of sickness

New statutory rule

19 May, 2016

Estimated £1.8 billion of welfare benefits underpaid in 2015/2016

New DWP statistics highlight that underpayments are at their highest recorded rate

19 May, 2016

Jeane Freeman appointed as new Minister for Social Security for Scotland

Responsibilities will include implementing SNP manifesto commitments on devolved social security in Scotland