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18 October, 2019

DWP is being ‘very cautious’ in its universal credit managed migration pilot and Secretary of State would like to see it speeded up

Giving evidence to Select Committee, Thérèse Coffey also says that she is 'encouraging' the Department to roll the pilot out in other places besides Harrogate

18 October, 2019

Suspected cases of fraudulently obtained universal credit advances ‘increasing week by week’ and are currently around 85,000

Permanent Secretary tells Select Committee that victims will only be allowed to return to legacy benefits if they had 'no involvement whatsoever' or there is loss of SDP

18 October, 2019

World is stumbling ‘zombie-like’ into a digital welfare dystopia, warns UN human rights expert

All too often the real motives behind digital programs are to slash welfare spending, set up intrusive government surveillance systems and generate profits for private corporate interests, says Philip Alston

18 October, 2019

Measuring how Social Security Scotland and Scottish Government are delivering commitments of Social Security Charter

New framework for assessing performance of benefit and policy delivery in Scotland will report annually from 2020

18 October, 2019

Citizens Advice Scotland calls for better support for disabled people within the social security system

Recommendations include reducing unnecessary assessments, and introducing a legal deadline for the Department to respond to mandatory reconsiderations

18 October, 2019

Claiming benefits as a refugee

New DWP guidance

17 October, 2019

Reassessment process started in all but 30,000 of the 600,000 cases to be checked for ESA underpayments

DWP update also advises that number of arrears payments and total cost of revised awards are significantly lower than previously forecast

17 October, 2019

London Councils calls for ‘wholesale redesign’ of the national framework for local welfare

Local authorities should be provided with the freedoms and resources required to intervene early and improve support for low-income households, says new report

17 October, 2019

Reduction in maximum duration of higher level sanction period from 156 weeks to 26 weeks

New statutory instrument also provides for current higher level sanctions to be terminated once they have been in effect for 26 weeks

17 October, 2019

Young carer grant in Scotland

New statutory instrument provides for introduction of new payment from 21 October 2019

17 October, 2019

Adjourning tribunal where validity of medical report that has been subject to audit and amendment is challenged

[2019] NICom 55

16 October, 2019

Working age benefits expected to rise by 1.7 per cent in April 2020 assuming no change in government policy

Resolution Foundation also reports that state pension is expected to rise by a higher 3.9 per cent

16 October, 2019

Maximum amount of deductions that can be taken from universal credit reduced to 30 per cent of standard allowance

DWP updates guidance to reflect change announced in Budget 2018

15 October, 2019

Interpretation of PIP Activity 3 - ‘managing therapy and monitoring a health condition’

New DWP guidance issued following Upper Tribunal decision on 28 November 2016

15 October, 2019

DWP to reassess PIP claims which may be eligible for additional benefit in relation to managing therapy and monitoring a health condition

Following Upper Tribunal's decision in SSWP v LB, changes will take effect from 28 November 2016

15 October, 2019

New Scottish young carer grant will open for applications on Monday 21 October 2019

Speaking at the SNP annual conference, Cabinet Secretary confirms £300 grant will support young carers who cannot get carer's allowance

15 October, 2019

Scottish Social Security Minister announces £0.5 million funding to support advice organisations with benefit take-up work

New 'Scottish Benefit Take-up Fund' will support advice agencies by funding staff training, information resources and promotion of new Scottish benefits

14 October, 2019

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill announced in today’s Queen’s Speech

Bill includes provision to enable changes to current rules for access to benefits and social security coordination for EU nationals

11 October, 2019

Around 760 claimants in Northern Ireland have received PIP arrears payments since start of review exercise following Upper Tribunal decisions relating to mobility activity 1

Department for Communities says £2.65 million of additional payments have been made, averaging £3,480 per payment