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29 July, 2019

Mims Davies appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at DWP

MP for Eastleigh was previously at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

29 July, 2019

Nearly half of the 14.3 million people in poverty in the UK live in a family where someone is disabled

Social Metrics Commission also finds that poverty rates among children and pension-age adults have risen since 2014/2015

26 July, 2019

Tribunal in breach of duty of fairness to claimant in failing to take steps to rectify inadequacies in Secretary of State's appeal response

CPIP/580/2018
[2019] UKUT 204 (AAC)

25 July, 2019

Peers express 'surprise and disappointment' at DWP using negative procedure to bring in managed migration regulations without a debate

'Tactical ploy' by the Department means regulations will have been in operation for nearly six weeks before Parliament has opportunity to scrutinise them

25 July, 2019

DWP confirms that first SDP transitional payment has been issued, on day scheme was introduced by managed migration regulations

Universal Credit Change Director also tells Select Committee that if there is a shortfall compared to legacy benefit amounts it is because payment is 'compensation', not 'transitional protection'

25 July, 2019

1,400 people who have been moved onto universal credit by virtue of suspected fraud have been interviewed under caution

Secretary of State says interviews 'are not supposed to be confrontational' but admits she has not seen the letters inviting people to interview

24 July, 2019

DWP confirms launch of universal credit managed migration pilot in Harrogate

'We’ve already started the learning on morning one', DWP's Universal Credit Change Director tells Select Committee

24 July, 2019

Urgency to pass managed migration regulations this week without debate is 'disrespectful' and ‘entirely of the government's making’

House of Lords criticises DWP’s failure to honour commitment to debate regulations before laying them

24 July, 2019

DWP backtracks on provision of SDP transitional payments to people formerly entitled to the premium only through housing benefit

New guidance to local authorities says any claimants that may lose out from the change can rely on discretionary housing payments

24 July, 2019

Secretary of State confirms her decision not to extend implicit consent to Members of the Scottish Parliament

Implicit consent is 'no longer necessary given the speed at which claimants can provide explicit consent', she explains

24 July, 2019

Reduction of recoverable overpayment by way of offsetting amounts following advantageous change of circumstances in overpayment period

CE/297/2019
[2019] UKUT 188 (AAC)

24 July, 2019

Tribunal must make sufficient factual findings and give reasons when deciding whether claimant's condition qualifies as a prescribed disease

CSI/50/2019
[2019] UKUT 198 (AAC)

24 July, 2019

Fan heater, hair dryer and hot water tap used to ease symptoms of peripheral neuropathy counted as aids in relation to Activity 5 'Managing toilet needs or incontinence'

CPIP/2574/2018
[2019] UKUT 186 (AAC)

23 July, 2019

Regulations laid for universal credit managed migration pilot

New statutory instrument also provides for transitional payments to those who were previously entitled to an SDP in their income support, income-related ESA or income-based JSA

23 July, 2019

Secretary of State confirms she is laying regulations to enable universal credit managed migration pilot to start this month

New regulations will also provide for transitional payments of up to £405 month to claimants who were previously entitled to a severe disability premium

23 July, 2019

MPs call on government to fully compensate all claimants who lose out financially through universal credit natural migration

New Work and Pensions Commitee report also calls for DWP to warn claimants that they may lose out and provide a full list of the 'changes of circumstances' that lead to a claim for universal credit

23 July, 2019

DWP confirms that jobcentre customer service managers will have received specialist homelessness training by August 2019

Newly trained staff will be ‘instrumental in sharing best practice and building crucial links to local organisations’

23 July, 2019

DWP sets out commitment to support prisoners in joint partnership agreement with Ministry of Justice

Agreement specifies how DWP, prisons and probation services work together to provide employment and welfare support in custody and the community