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24 January, 2020

More than £19 million in universal credit official error overpayments recovered in 2018/2019

Minister for Welfare Delivery also tells parliament that just 10 universal credit claimants had debts waived in first three quarters of 2019/2020

24 January, 2020

Prescription forms will soon include a tick box for universal credit claimants to confirm they meet free prescription eligibility criteria

Health and Care Minister says new forms are being printed and will be distributed when the contractor has built up 'sufficient stock'

24 January, 2020

Uprating of LHA rates from April 2020 will only marginally increase number of rented homes that are affordable

Bureau of Investigative Journalism finds that just seven per cent of rentals will be affordable at the new rates compared to just under six per cent at current rates

23 January, 2020

One in four universal credit claimants are in problem debt compounded by excessive deductions from their benefit

StepChange highlights that DWP's debt collection practices would not meet basic regulatory standards required of consumer credit firms

23 January, 2020

MPs reject EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill amendment that would have removed Ministerial power to regulate circumstances where lower courts can depart from retained EU case law

With peers having decided not to challenge MPs' rejection of all other amendments proposed by the House of Lords, Bill receives Royal Assent

23 January, 2020

More than half of all new PIP claims in Scotland are refused

Scottish Government report on impact of UK Government's welfare reforms on disabled people also finds that a quarter of transition claims from disability living allowance result in no award

22 January, 2020

DWP to provide first update on progress of universal credit managed migration pilot ‘in the Spring’

Minister for Welfare Delivery also confirms that proposals for next phase of universal credit delivery will be presented to parliament 'in the Autumn'

22 January, 2020

Atos letter inviting claimant to HCP consultation did not impose legal requirement to attend

CPIP/2941/2018
[2019] UKUT 374 (AAC)

22 January, 2020

Social Security Commission calls on Scottish Government to work towards automatic awards of Scottish Child Payment and more frequent payment options

Recommendations to improve new payment rules set out in Scottish Social Security Commission’s scrutiny report on the draft Scottish Child Payment Regulations

22 January, 2020

Northern Ireland Communities Minister confirms commitment to extending welfare mitigation measures beyond March 2020

'We need to protect those most in need and the poorest across our society', says Deirdre Hargey

21 January, 2020

During October 2019, just over 4,000 new claims for universal credit were made by phone

Response to FOI request also shows that in the same month almost 1,000 claimants 'moved to an online claim'

21 January, 2020

MPs vote in favour of government’s legislative programme as set out in the Queen’s Speech

Last of six day's debate of the Speech includes votes against proposals to highlight the government's failure to include measures to tackle poverty, scrap universal credit and the two child limit, and increase in-work benefits

21 January, 2020

Changes to universal credit have had more of an eye on operational simplicity, or altering human behaviour, than on supporting families in need

Resolution Foundation finds that impact of universal credit is felt differently across the UK with areas with a high proportion of out-of-work, single parent and disabled families faring worse

21 January, 2020

Petition presented to government requesting that bonus payments made to employees should be treated as capital rather than salary for the purposes of universal credit

Current rules mean that much of the bonus may be 'clawed back' through reduced benefit, says MP for Glasgow East

21 January, 2020

Factors to be considered in deciding whether a room can be classified as a bedroom

CH/784/2017
[2019] UKUT 372 (AAC)

20 January, 2020

DWP confirms that Targeted Affordability Funding will not continue in 2020/2021

Minister says the 3 per cent LHA funding uplift in high rent increase areas during the benefit freeze period is no longer required

20 January, 2020

DWP issues guidance on the introduction of civil partnerships for opposite sex couples from December 2019

Decision makers instructed to take all references to civil partners or civil partnerships in DWP guidance to include opposite sex couples

20 January, 2020

Complaints about the DWP to the Independent Case Examiner are taking on average more than 18 months to resolve

Minister confirms that average time from receipt to start of investigation is more than 13 months, while it takes another five to six months on average to complete an investigation