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Daily news and case law updates across five areas of social welfare law: welfare benefits, debt, housing, employment and community care. Subscribe for updates.

21 October, 2020

Equal Pay (Information and Claims) Bill receives first reading in House of Commons

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20 October, 2020 Open access

Reported cases of universal credit claimed fraudulently by misappropriating identity rose from less than 0.01 per cent of total claims in March 2020 to more than 1 per cent in July 2020

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20 October, 2020 Open access

Scottish Government gives local authorities flexibility to spend a further £20m of Scottish Welfare Fund resources to support people during the COVID-19 crisis

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20 October, 2020

Reallocation of calendar monthly payment of earnings to a different universal credit assessment period

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20 October, 2020 Open access

Equality and Human Rights Commission calls on the DWP to ensure social security system supports the right to an adequate standard of living

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20 October, 2020

Secretary of State says it is ‘not her intention in any way’ to introduce a grant at the start of universal credit claims

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20 October, 2020 Open access

Universal credit claimants will be given opportunity to ‘review their self-employment status and activity’ before minimum income floor is reintroduced, says Minister

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20 October, 2020 Open access

Welsh Government launches Carers Support Fund to provide grants of up to £300 to help unpaid carers cope with extra costs of COVID-19

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20 October, 2020

Government announces £3m funding for pilots to improve the quality and standard of supported accommodation provision

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19 October, 2020

First-time universal credit claimants should receive a ‘starter payment’ to help alleviate hardship caused by five-week wait, MPs recommend

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19 October, 2020 Open access

Ofgem introduces package of measures to help prevent self-disconnection and self-rationing by prepayment meter customers

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19 October, 2020

Disabled people need more security from the benefits system, including longer term awards and the removal of sanctions, says Mind

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19 October, 2020

DWP issues new guidance to work coaches in relation to apportioning universal credit housing costs in cases where a joint tenant has left the property

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16 October, 2020

Supreme Court rules that housing association’s allocation policy prioritising Orthodox Jewish applicants is justified and proportionate in its discrimination

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16 October, 2020

Government responds to Peers’ concerns about ‘wholesale transfer to Ministers of power to legislate’ on modifying EU and domestic law in connection with social security coordination

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16 October, 2020

House of Lords Select Committee expresses surprise at DWP’s ‘perfunctory replies’ to urgent recommendations for reform of universal credit

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16 October, 2020 Open access

COVID-19 is magnifying social care inequalities and risks turning ‘fault lines into chasms’

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