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12 April, 2024

Allocation of additional funding to local authorities to support the costs of implementing welfare reform changes in 2024/2025

New Housing Benefit Circular confirms details of almost £24 million being provided to meet 'New Burdens' incurred by councils

11 April, 2024

New research exposes ‘devastating impact’ of funding gaps for third sector organisations that provide employment support to those furthest from the labour market

With both Conservative and Labour having expressed their desire to support disabled people into work, academics highlight that politicians need to work out what role they envisage the sector having in contributing to the policy

11 April, 2024

War pensions uprating for 2024/2025

New DWP guidance

10 April, 2024

DWP confirms plans for ‘enhanced support customer journey’ for claimants who require additional help with managed migration

Households in the current Move to UC cohort in receipt of ESA will have additional contact, while system checks will be carried out to identify additional support needs for households receiving income support

10 April, 2024

Work and Pensions Secretary and CPS welcome convictions in ‘largest ever benefit fraud case’

Five defendants plead guilty to charges relating to creation of fabricated universal credit claims worth almost £54 million

10 April, 2024

PCS says DWP refuses to engage with it about mental health crisis in the Department

Union's request for meeting with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and the DWP Permanent Secretary was rejected despite publication of 'damning' evidence of the problem

10 April, 2024

Uprating of housing cost contributions, work allowances and transitional SDP element in universal credit in 2024/2025

New DWP guidance also confirms increase in the additional amount of transitional SDP element introduced in response to High Court's January 2022 judgment TP and AR No.3

9 April, 2024

Government confirms expansion of Move to UC with 500,000 more claimants to be sent migration notices

DWP Minister says that, with even more people moving to universal credit, the Department can continue to provide the best level of support for people to secure financial independence through work

9 April, 2024

Carers UK calls for wholescale reform of carer’s allowance and other benefits for carers

Responding to reports in the media of claimants being pursued for large overpayments, charity highlights that people should not be punished for misinterpreting 'complicated and harsh' earnings rules

9 April, 2024

Government needs to stop treating disabled people as the problem in addressing disability employment gap

Responding to Select Committee consultation, Disability Rights UK calls on government to focus on dismantling barriers rather than forcing disabled people into unsafe, unsustainable and exploitative work

9 April, 2024

Uprating of non-dependant deductions and care home residents’ personal expenses allowance in the calculation of income support, JSA, ESA and state pension credit

New DWP guidance also confirms increase in national insurance lower and upper earnings limits

8 April, 2024

End Child Poverty Coalition renews call to abolish ‘cruel’ two-child limit

Highlighting that every parliamentary constituency is now blighted by the impact of the policy, ECPC chair says scrapping it should be the top priority for every political party

8 April, 2024

All disabled children and young people in Scotland who receive disability benefits now paid directly from Social Security Scotland as move to child disability payment completes

Scottish Government confirms that around 76,000 children and young people are now in receipt of CDP of which 47,000 have transferred from DLA

5 April, 2024

DWP confirms increase in universal credit Administrative Earnings Threshold levels from 1 April 2024

Update to guidance on earnings sets out monthly rates of £743 for single claimants and £1,189 for couples

4 April, 2024

Amendments to social security legislation including in relation to the ongoing migration of legacy benefit claimants to universal credit

New DWP guidance

3 April, 2024

Consultation launched on proposed revision of the Supreme Court Rules

Views sought on changes including the introduction of a new portal designed to enhance access to justice for users including litigants in person

3 April, 2024

Housing benefit administration subsidy arrangements for local authorities in 2024/2025

New DWP guidance

3 April, 2024

Scottish Government highlights evidence of how benefits administered by Social Security Scotland are supporting the achievement of a fairer Scotland

However, synthesis of early modelling and evaluation also identifies gaps in data in relation to the newly devolved disability benefits, and how benefits potentially reduce the demand for public services

2 April, 2024

DWP confirms allocation of £100 million DHP funding for English and Welsh local authorities in 2024/2025

Allocations for the coming year remain broadly unchanged due to frozen funding levels since 2022/2023