Welfare rights news

22 March, 2017

Secretary of State confirms that additional payments of universal credit to offset the bedroom tax in Scotland will be subject to the benefit cap

Giving evidence to the Scottish Social Security Committee and the Scottish Affairs Committee, Damian Green argues that this is in line with the Smith Commission report

22 March, 2017

New pilot being run to assess benefits of audio recording PIP face-to-face assessments

Results of the pilot will be evaluated to consider whether to record assessments in the future

22 March, 2017

Treatement of bereavement support payment for housing benefit purposes

New housing benefit guidance

22 March, 2017

Bereavement support payment replaces current bereavement benefits in Northern Ireland

New statutory rules

22 March, 2017

Scottish Government calls for complete and immediate halt to universal credit full service roll-out

Letter to UK Government highlights that, without resolution, on-going administrative problems impacting on tenants and landlords make continued roll-out in Scotland ‘unfeasible’

22 March, 2017

Transitional provision for the purposes of transferring legislative competence for benefits to the Scottish Parliament

New statutory instrument makes provision in respect of disability, industrial injuries and carer's benefits, and benefits for maternity, funeral and heating expenses

22 March, 2017

Increase in carer’s allowance earnings limit in Northern Ireland from April 2017

New statutory rule

22 March, 2017

Revaluation of ‘protected payments’ subject to a pension sharing order in new state pension awards in Northern Ireland

New statutory rule

22 March, 2017

Treatment of payments made to victims of National Socialist persecution in Northern Ireland

New statutory rule

21 March, 2017

Universal credit claimants will be able to upload evidence direct to the online system by end of year, says Minister for Employment

Damian Hinds adds that waiting times on the universal credit helpline have reduced to eight or nine minutes

21 March, 2017

Uprating of pneumoconiosis lump sum payments

New statutory instrument

21 March, 2017

Lump sum payments payable to people with diffuse mesothelioma

New statutory instrument

20 March, 2017

Disregard of rent reductions under tenant incentive schemes when calculating universal credit housing costs

New statutory instrument

20 March, 2017

Roll-out of Real Time Information service to housing benefit administrators

New DWP guidance

17 March, 2017

Reduction of the universal credit earnings taper rate

New DWP guidance

17 March, 2017

Increase in carer’s allowance earnings limit from April 2017

New statutory instrument

17 March, 2017

Changes in relation to the social fund in Northern Ireland

New statutory rule

17 March, 2017

Benefit uprating 2017/2018 in Northern Ireland

New regulations issued