Welfare rights news

5 March, 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 to be removed

New statutory instrument provides that, from 30 March 2015, repeat claim will only be accepted if claimant shows new health condition or that existing condition has significantly worsened and also provides that no ESA will be paid pending appeal on repeat claim

5 March, 2015

IIAC publishes reports on role of rebuttal in presumption that disease is due to nature of employment

Concluding that strengthened guidance is needed, Council identifies diseases where presumption should almost always apply and publishes Position Paper on rebuttal and diseases due to multiple causes

5 March, 2015

Mortgate lenders contribution to cost of making payments of mortgage interest directly to them in Northern Ireland

New statutory rule

5 March, 2015

Help with NHS costs

New statutory instrument increases dental charges, increases value of optical vouchers and extends entitlement of universal credit claimants to exemption from NHS charges and assistance with NHS travel costs

5 March, 2015

Calculation of additional state pension in Northern Ireland

New statutory rules

4 March, 2015

Lone parents in Scotland set to lose £1,800 a year by the time welfare reforms come to full fruition

New research, commissioned by the Welfare Reform Committee, also finds little hope that loss of benefit income will be offset by growth in employment income

4 March, 2015

Miscellaneous amendments to social security legislation

New statutory instrument

4 March, 2015

Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill passed by Scottish Parliament

Bill puts on a statutory footing the requirement to provide day-to-day living expenses and household items to those in crisis or need

4 March, 2015

DWP outlines additional funding that will be made to local authorities following the Real Time Information Bulk Data Matching Project

New DWP guidance

3 March, 2015

Amendments to tax credits appeals rules in Northern Ireland

New statutory instrument

3 March, 2015

Tax Credits uprating 2015/2016

New statutory instrument

3 March, 2015

Employment Minister sets out details of Jobcentre Plus support for claimants with drug or alcohol dependency

Written answer to parliament confirms that people who are not in treatment are referred to treatment provider and that effect of treatment on availability for work is recognised

3 March, 2015

Guardian’s allowance uprating 2015/2016

New statutory instruments

2 March, 2015

Design of sanctions scheme includes both threat and use of hunger as instrument of policy, say Churches

New report calls for change of culture from one of enforcement and punishment to one of assistance and support

2 March, 2015

Existing benefit loans and debts to be migrated to universal credit live service claims manually

New edition of HB Direct also confirms that live service claims are expected to be switched to digital service towards end of roll-out in 2018/2019

2 March, 2015

29 per cent of housing benefit claimants in private rented sector have rent paid direct to landlord

DWP response to freedom of information request

2 March, 2015

Allowing JSA and IS claimants or their partners and partners of ESA claimants to attend 43 days of Reserve Forces training

New statutory instrument increases allowance from 15 days for first year and amends provisions relating to treatment of payment for training

2 March, 2015

Substantial risk to health arising from being found capable of work-related activity

New DWP guidance on updated advice to healthcare professionals developed separately from Upper Tribunal decision on what evidence of work-related activity is required

2 March, 2015

Help with NHS costs in Scotland

New statutory instrument