Welfare rights news

11 January, 2017

Payments to mitigate the bedroom tax in Northern Ireland may be at risk

Potential dissolution of the Northern Ireland Assembly could stop regulations being passed to make additional funding available

11 January, 2017

Social security reciprocal arrangements between Great Britain and Northern Ireland

New DWP guidance

10 January, 2017

Local authorities in England and Wales spent 38 per cent of yearly DHP allocation in first six months of 2016/2017

New DWP statistics also show that, across Great Britain as a whole, 60 per cent of DHP expenditure was related to the bedroom tax

10 January, 2017

Housing benefit and pension credit entitlement restricted to 4 weeks for temporary absences from Northern Ireland

New statutory rule

22 December, 2016

DHPs for benefit capped claimants who have a managed payment to landlord

New housing benefit guidance

22 December, 2016

Universal credit taper could be manipulated in the future to bring ‘progression into the system’

In addition, in his final speech as Minister for Welfare Reform, Lord Freud acknowledges that the DWP 'lost control' of its systems due to its outsourcing of IT

22 December, 2016

Uprating of figures for council tax reduction schemes for 2017/2018

New statutory instrument

21 December, 2016

Frank Field writes to Work and Pensions Secretary seeking major overhaul of the bedroom tax

Letter includes proposal to change the size criteria so the bedroom tax only applies to households with two or more spare rooms

21 December, 2016

Lord Henley appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the DWP

Government announcement

21 December, 2016

Scottish Government announces £1 million to develop newly devolved employment services

Work First Scotland and Work Able Scotland will look to use 'new and innovative approaches' to join up different services

21 December, 2016

New-style ESA and JSA and the effects of changes to collection and payment of Class 2 contributions

New DWP guidance

21 December, 2016

Housing benefit administration subsidy arrangements

New DWP guidance

20 December, 2016

Advisers cannot use implicit consent to discuss cases in universal credit full service areas

DWP's Director General of universal credit confirms that advisers can make contact by phone in full service areas but will need to have the claimant with them or, if not, a three-way call can be arranged

20 December, 2016

DWP publishes interim report into jobseeker’s allowance sanctions early warning trial

Providing claimants with an additional 14 days to respond to a sanction warning letter resulted in a 13 per cent response rate

20 December, 2016

Housing benefit uprating 2017/2018

New DWP guidance

19 December, 2016

DWP launches consultation on closure of three jobcentres in Glasgow

Relocation of services described as an opportunity to deliver improved customer service at reduced cost

19 December, 2016

Further delay to introduction of bedroom tax for social sector claimants in Northern Ireland

New statutory rule

19 December, 2016

Prisoners should receive first month’s universal credit on day of release, say MPs

Work and Pensions Committee also finds that job-ready ex-offenders are potentially dismissed by Jobcentre Plus as 'hard cases'