Welfare rights news

10 February, 2016

Households in receipt of carer’s allowance or guardian’s allowance to be exempt from the benefit cap

Government announces that regulations to give effect to exemptions will be brought forward later this year

8 February, 2016

More tax credit mandatory reconsideration requests were received in the last two months of 2015 than in whole of preceding year

Figures provided in response to written questions by Work and Pensions Committee chair about performance of Concentrix

8 February, 2016

Scottish Government request urgent clarification of scope of social sector housing benefit changes

Changes will have a 'catastrophic impact' on vulnerable groups, says Social Justice Secretary

8 February, 2016

DWP publishes new housing benefit performance measurement good practice guide

Guide is designed to 'continue to ensure the provision of timely and accurate housing benefit payments and information'

8 February, 2016

Bill, that proposed restricting entitlement to benefits for EU and EEA nationals, withdrawn

'Sad reality' that measures can't be introduced until the UK leaves the European Union, says sponsor of Private Member's Bill

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