Welfare rights news

6 April, 2017

Two child limit will not apply to Scottish council tax reduction scheme

Scottish Government says that for benefits it has power to control it will not penalise people for having more than two children

6 April, 2017

Government must learn lessons from ‘catastrophic failure’ of Concentrix contract, say MPs

Public Accounts Committee finds that HMRC and Concentrix provided a ‘totally inadequate’ service which caused unnecessary hardship and distress

5 April, 2017

PIP awards made by the DWP will not be reduced as a result of amendments to regulations even at point claim is reviewed, says Lord Henley

However, Minister says the government is considering whether to adjust 'small number of cases' who may have been awarded a higher level of benefit by a tribunal

5 April, 2017

Removal of the ESA work-related activity component and universal credit limited capability for work element

New DWP guidance

5 April, 2017

Changes to the ESA exempt work and hardship payment rules

New DWP guidance

5 April, 2017

Effect of imprisonment on bereavement support payment

New DWP guidance

5 April, 2017

Majority of English councils have cut council tax support by introducing a minimum payment or a band cap

Remainder have made other changes such as removing the second adult rebate, reports the New Policy Institute

5 April, 2017

DRUK calls on government to urgently issue new guidance relating to PIP enhanced rate mobility for people with mental health conditions

DWP has 'a responsibility to ensure that the amendments are fully understood'

4 April, 2017

Work and Pensions Committee Member expresses concern about the hardship new claimants may face as a result of ESA cuts

I cannot say, hand on heart, that claimants will not be financially disadvantaged, says Heidi Allen

4 April, 2017

Government announces new plans to improve outcomes for children who grow up in workless families and face multiple disadvantages

Work and Pensions Secretary says that, because the root causes of disadvantage are not financial, the government's approach goes beyond the safety net of the welfare system

4 April, 2017

DWP issues correction to guidance relating to couples unable to share a bedroom because of disability

Revised guidance clarifies that there is no requirement for the couple to be unable to share due to a 'physical' disability

4 April, 2017

Social security reforms have had a particularly disproportionate, cumulative impact on the rights of disabled people

Progress towards real equality for disabled people is 'littered with missed opportunities and failures', says EHRC

4 April, 2017

Bereavement support payment and reciprocal agreements in Northern Ireland

New statutory rule

3 April, 2017

Motion lodged in Scottish Parliament supporting third sector organisations in refusing to cooperate with 'rape clause'

Green Party SMP says two child policy is a 'fundamental violation of human rights'

3 April, 2017

More than one million children will be hit by the two child limit to tax credits policy by the end of this parliament

Policy in Practice analysis estimates that families will lose up to £2,780 tax credit support per year

3 April, 2017

DWP confirms the six local authorities where Real Time Information service will be rolled out first

New issue of HB Direct also highlights that there will be a review period before roll out continues

31 March, 2017

Recent amendments to PIP regulations do not preclude people with mental conditions getting mobility component at enhanced rate, says the DWP

Responding to request by Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, the DWP sets out examples where such an entitlement can arise

31 March, 2017

Government launches ‘Personal Support Package’ for people who are currently unable to work

New ESA claimant commitment will also be introduced in the summer

31 March, 2017

Removal of universal credit housing costs element for claimants aged 18 to 21

New DWP guidance