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2 August, 2022

DWP entitled to withhold payment of universal credit until a national insurance number has been allocated

UA-2021-000580-JR & UA 2022-000464-JR
[2022] UKUT 189 (AAC)

2 August, 2022

First-tier Tribunal gave adequate reasons for finding that claimant’s impairment arose from constitutional condition which existed prior to industrial accident

UA-2021-001076-II
[2022] UKUT 183 (AAC)

29 July, 2022

Statistics regulator raises concerns about DWP’s claims that more than half a million claimants were helped into work through its Way to Work campaign

Department has failed to uphold principles that data should be trustworthy, of high quality and offer public value, says Director General of the Office for Statistics Regulation

29 July, 2022

Government sets out further details on delivery of £400 payments under Energy Bills Support Scheme

Discount to be applied to energy bills and 'smart' pre-payment meter accounts monthly between October 2022 and March 2023, while those with traditional pre-payment meters will receive vouchers to be redeemed at usual top-up point

29 July, 2022

Ombudsman finds that DWP failed to properly consider overpayment waiver request from widow of pension credit claimant who had incurred overpayment

Department asked to pay compensation of £500 for distress caused and to properly consider waiver request within two months

28 July, 2022

Claimants that could benefit from new exemptions from LHA shared accommodation rate for victims of domestic abuse or modern slavery will have to self-identify

DWP advises SSAC that work is ongoing with stakeholders to advertise the changes ahead of roll out in October 2022, but onus to claim exemptions will remain on claimants

28 July, 2022

DWP considering running a Peer Mentoring Trial where those with lived experience of addiction and recovery would help people access benefits and support and move towards employment

Department says it anticipates that there will be up to 18 peer mentors in six Jobcentre areas across England and Scotland in 2022/2023

28 July, 2022

Senedd Committee calls for Welsh Government to extend eligibility for its means-tested support schemes to help more households through cost of living crisis

New report also calls for a new ‘one-stop shop portal’ to enable households to apply directly for means-tested support from local authorities

27 July, 2022

MPs call on government to pause deductions from benefits to help ease financial pressures during cost of living crisis

New Work and Pensions Committee report also recommends that government urgently reviews and increases benefit cap to ensure it is in line with average household incomes and rising prices

27 July, 2022

DWP confirms that five-year period in which benefit cap must next be reviewed starts from March 2022

Minister tells Parliament that change from requiring cap to be reviewed once in each Parliament to once every five years made to provide certainty and avoid 'significant risk of inadvertent non-compliance'

26 July, 2022

Energy bills support scheme already ‘eclipsed by the scale of the crisis’ and needs immediate review, MPs warn

Select Committee also highlights that public funds are still not being targeted adequately enough to those who need them the most

26 July, 2022

Delegation of functions of a judicial nature to legal officers in the Social Entitlement Chamber

Senior President of Tribunals issues Practice Statement authorising legal officers to make all decisions that a judge may make, save for those which are 'substantive final decisions'

26 July, 2022

Local authorities overspent Scottish Welfare Fund budget by 15 per cent during 2021/2022

However, new statistics highlight that the total budget for the year was just under £47 million, compared to more than £59 million the previous year

25 July, 2022

SSAC raises concerns that DWP has not taken responsibility for informing claimants about temporary changes to fuel deductions from benefits in response to escalating fuel prices

DWP maintains position that it is 'normal practice' for energy suppliers to communicate fuel direct changes despite this being an 'exceptional situation'

22 July, 2022

Lords Scrutiny Committee draws regulations that remove 10,000 limit on universal credit awards under managed migration to the ‘special attention’ of Parliament

Peers find that DWP has failed to provide strong enough evidence about its competence to communicate successfully with the most vulnerable claimants and transfer their claims without disrupting the flow of payments

22 July, 2022

DWP rejects SSAC’s recommendation that it should develop a clear protocol for engagement with disabled people

Government response to report on how Department involves disabled people in developing policy also rejects recommendations to set up large-scale advisory panel and to publish regular information about engagement

22 July, 2022

Speech analytics ‘listening service’ that helps DWP understand if a caller has complex needs or is at risk of serious harm to be rolled out across all of its telephony services

Automated process, currently used for around 30 per cent of calls, listens for 'trigger words' to highlight potential risks and any need for further safeguarding action or support

22 July, 2022

DWP confirms it is developing new ‘mission memory’ feature in universal credit to flag repeat claims from those who previously failed to engage with targeted case review process

Select Committee advised that people will not be able to reclaim until questions relating to the accuracy of their previous claim have been answered

22 July, 2022

Amendments to universal credit natural migration and managed migration provisions including removal of 10,000 limit on awards under managed migration

New DWP guidance