Welfare rights

22 January, 2018

Government should explain why the high taper rate of 63 per cent in universal credit is 'optimal', says Treasury Committee

Report on Autumn Budget 2017 also recommends the option of fortnightly payments to ease cashflow challenges

22 January, 2018

Scottish Government to establish independent Scottish Commission on Social Security

Commission will scrutinise the new social security system and ensure it lives up to expectations

22 January, 2018

Changes to the Funeral Expenses Payments Scheme

New statutory instrument

19 January, 2018

Government announces it will not appeal High Court judgment that found PIP mobility amendment regulations unlawful

Secretary of State also says earlier decision relating to psychological distress and mobility will also be implemented

19 January, 2018

Scottish government plans to introduce rights for claimants in Scotland to have a 'supporter' with them during medical assessments

Social Security Minister describes the move as proof that Scotland will ‘do things differently’

18 January, 2018

Whether a private pension paid direct to a third party counts as the claimant’s income when calculating pension credit

CPC/384/2017
[2018] UKUT 4 (AAC)

17 January, 2018

Further roll-out of universal credit in Northern Ireland

New statutory rule provides for introduction of benefit in specified postcode areas from 17 January 2018 to 7 March 2018

15 January, 2018

Department for Communities launches independent review of PIP in Northern Ireland

Evidence invited from organisations and individuals as to how the assessment process is working for both new claims and DLA reassessments

15 January, 2018

Both Secretary of State and representatives should provide relevant evidence to the tribunal / requirement for tribunal to explain different outcome on PIP renewal claim

CPIP/2589/2017
[2017] UKUT 506 (AAC)

15 January, 2018

Further roll-out of universal credit in Northern Ireland

Department for Work and Pensions publishes postcodes where universal credit will roll out from 17 January to 7 March 2018

12 January, 2018

Peter Schofield appointed Permanent Secretary at the Department for Work and Pensions

DWP Director General of Finance to take up new role following retirement of Sir Robert Devereux

12 January, 2018

MPs raise concerns that HMRC is not doing enough to support vulnerable tax credits claimants as they transfer to universal credit

New report from the Public Accounts Committee also warns that tax credits error and fraud has risen and is only going to get worse

12 January, 2018

Standard of reasons required when tribunal finds an overpayment recoverable for a failure to furnish information, and when imposing a civil penalty

CIS/1094/2017
[2017] UKUT 505 (AAC)

11 January, 2018

96 per cent of 18 to 21-year-old universal credit housing costs claimants awarded support since automatic entitlement ended in April 2017

New DWP statistics also show that half of successful claimants were exempt from the policy because they had dependent children

11 January, 2018

In considering whether to proceed without an oral hearing, a tribunal must consider whether it is fair, not merely if it has 'sufficient material'

CE/2606/2017
[2017] UKUT 501 (AAC)

11 January, 2018

Amendments to council tax reduction schemes in Wales

New statutory instrument

10 January, 2018

Managed payments to private landlords under universal credit can be set up without the tenant's consent where there are two months arrears

Minister confirms that requests can be made by email and on a single form

10 January, 2018

Children may provide ‘prompting’ if their presence motivates a claimant to undertake PIP activities

CPIP/2354/2017
[2017] UKUT 502 (AAC)

10 January, 2018

3 per cent increase in local housing allowance rates in areas subject to high rent increases in Northern Ireland

New statutory rule also applies a 3 per cent increase in maximum LHA levels