Welfare rights

18 September, 2017

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary calls for universal credit roll-out to be paused

Debbie Abrahams cites mounting evidence of failures in letter to Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

18 September, 2017

Work and Pensions Committee invites submissions for reopened universal credit roll-out inquiry

Select Committee seeks views on developments since April 2017 and recommendations for policy change

18 September, 2017

Benefit uprating 2017/2018 in Northern Ireland

New statutory rules ensure that benefit uprating legislation remains valid pending approval by resolutions of the Northern Ireland Assembly

18 September, 2017

DWP confirms expansion of 'Trusted Partner' role and 'Landlord Portal Service' to more social landlords

Employment Minister says that more landlords will be enrolled on the initiatives from October 2017

15 September, 2017

DWP recommends extending the ‘Trusted Partner’ role to more social landlords

Research demonstrates that the scheme benefits the landlord, tenant and the DWP

15 September, 2017

Research reveals a ‘widespread feeling’ that claimant commitments are not tailored to the individual

DWP's 'test and learn' evaluation also suggests jobsearch hours are set too high and are therefore difficult to achieve

15 September, 2017

Most tax credit claimants have little awareness of universal credit before they make a claim

New DWP and HMRC research presents evidence from former tax credit claimants who transitioned to universal credit about their experiences and information needs

15 September, 2017

64 per cent of new claims for universal credit served waiting days

New DWP statistics highlight that the majority of those affected are single people without children

15 September, 2017

One in four new claims for universal credit do not receive full payment on time

New DWP statistics also show that 15 per cent of new claims did not receive any payment on time

15 September, 2017

More than one in three private landlords of universal credit claimants report their tenants are in rent arrears

Situation 'does nothing to encourage landlords to house people needing to claim benefit’, says Residential Landlords Association

15 September, 2017

Self-employed claimants of working tax credit have limited understanding of universal credit

New DWP research shows that there is little impetus to find out more and claimants mostly adopt a 'wait and see' approach

15 September, 2017

Around half of new claims for universal credit received an advance payment in June 2017

New DWP statistics also show that the most frequently paid value of advance was between £150 and £200

15 September, 2017

Universal credit claimants are more likely to move into work than similar JSA claimants, says DWP

New 'employment impact analysis' presents findings from analysis of claims from 27,000 single, unemployed claimants in 2014/2015

15 September, 2017

Four out of ten people entitled to income-based JSA are not claiming the benefit

New DWP statistics also estimate that £12.4 billion of means-tested benefits went unclaimed in 2015/2016

14 September, 2017

Number of outstanding social security and child support appeals increases 88 per cent to 103,000

New Ministry of Justice statistics show that increase has mainly been driven by increases in employment and support allowance and personal independence payment appeals

14 September, 2017

79 per cent of PIP claimants say assessment process is making their health worse, new survey finds

Disability Benefits Consortium also reports that more than half of respondents felt that PIP assessors did not properly understand their health condition

14 September, 2017

84 per cent of ESA claimants placed in the work-related activity group score points for problems ‘adapting to change’

New DWP statistics also show that ‘social interaction’ is the next most common functional impairment activity in which claimants score points

13 September, 2017

Provision of local welfare schemes in England is at risk of collapsing, says Centre for Responsible Credit

New report finds that almost half of local authorities have either reduced funding by 60 per cent or more or closed their scheme down

13 September, 2017

Value of outstanding housing benefit overpayments continues to follow an 'increasing trend' in 2016/2017

New DWP statistics show that the value of outstanding overpayments as at January 2017 had risen by 8 per cent compared to the same point the previous year