Welfare rights news

30 January, 2017

DWP launches consultations on closure of jobcentres across England and Wales

Closures will provide an 'opportunity to deliver improved customer services at reduced costs’, says government

30 January, 2017

Welfare supplementary payments for social sector tenants subject to the bedroom tax in Northern Ireland

New statutory rule

27 January, 2017

Meaning of ‘temporary interruption’ to full-time education for the purposes of carer’s allowance

New DWP guidance

26 January, 2017

Further roll-out of the universal credit full service

New statutory instrument provides for the expansion of the service between 1 February and 26 April 2017

26 January, 2017

Northern Ireland Government considering flexible payment arrangements for universal credit

Department for Communities looking at twice monthly payments, split payments, and managed payments to landlords

26 January, 2017

DWP publishes proposals to reform Jobcentre Plus offices in light of '20 per cent of office space being under-used'

Minister for Employment says 'vulnerable people will receive home visits and postal claims'

25 January, 2017

Government responds to Work and Pensions Committee report on ‘intergenerational fairness’

Response reaffirms the government's commitment to the pension triple lock for the length of this Parliament

25 January, 2017

Amendments to council tax reduction schemes in Wales

New statutory instrument

24 January, 2017

Director General of Universal Credit writes to advisers outlining 'explicit consent' process to be used in full service areas

Consent can be given via the online account, on the phone, or at a jobcentre

24 January, 2017

Government review of Universal Support is looking at improved data sharing

Work and Pensions Minister says it is paramount to get jobcentres and other services to work together to tackle barriers to work

24 January, 2017

Increasing expectations on work coaches pose a 'major risk' to the success of Jobcentre Plus reform, says Work and Pensions Committee

However, government response to Committee's report disputes that creating a higher grade role of work coach would assist those with substantial barriers to work

24 January, 2017

DWP aims to have strategy in place by September 2017 to review both telephony charges and other contact channels

Minister for Welfare Delivery writes to Work and Pensions Committee

23 January, 2017

Employment Minister outlines details of the Youth Obligation programme for 18-21 year-olds

Participants will be required to undergo an intensive programme of work preparation and encouraged to apply for activities including work experience or an apprenticeship

20 January, 2017

Exceptions to the two-child limit in universal credit and child tax credit

Government publishes response to its October 2016 consultation

20 January, 2017

Government drops plan for the localisation of attendance allowance

Announcement by Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government follows consultation on whether councils should fund the benefit from business rates

20 January, 2017

LGA calls for ‘radical rethink’ of job centres to help more people back to work

Jobcentre Plus is 'simply not doing enough to engage people', says Association

20 January, 2017

Requiring lone parents with a youngest child aged 3 or 4 to undertake work-related activity

New regulations issued in Northern Ireland

19 January, 2017

Claimants accessing ‘universal support’ would benefit from ‘in-depth, longer-term support’

New research from the DWP presents qualitative evidence from local authorities on DHPs, universal support and reduced backdating in housing benefit