Welfare rights

13 September, 2017

Psychiatric disorders are the main disabling condition for more than a third of PIP claimants

New DWP statistics show that 'musculoskeletal disease' is the next most common condition

13 September, 2017

55 per cent of households receiving a payment of universal credit are entitled to support for housing costs

New DWP statistics also show that 6 per cent of housing costs payments for private rented sector tenants are paid direct to their landlord

13 September, 2017

Extended vulnerability criteria for immediate access to JSA hardship payments in Northern Ireland

New statutory rule

13 September, 2017

Disregard of payments for care and support in Wales in the calculation of social security benefits

New statutory instrument

13 September, 2017

DWP launches consultation on future developments in relation to universal credit statistics

Proposals include expanding the range of regular statistics or incorporating universal credit into existing regular publications

13 September, 2017

Rate relief scheme introduced for universal credit claimants in Northern Ireland

New statutory rule implements a new rate relief scheme to provide support to low income households who receive universal credit

12 September, 2017

Industrial Injuries Advisory Council recommends that terms of prescription for latex anaphylaxis be extended

Council notes that latex allergy is rarely acquired outside workplace and prescription should be extended to all workers with occupational contact

12 September, 2017

IIAC decides not to prescribe renal cancer in workers exposed to trichloroethylene

Council review concludes there is insufficient evidence to recommend prescription under the Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit Scheme

12 September, 2017

Industrial Injuries Advisory Council recommends that terms of prescription for nasal carcinoma should be extended

Council notes that published evidence points to new occupational causes of nasal carcinoma due to exposure to wood dust

12 September, 2017

Amendments to housing benefit subsidies payable to local authorities

New statutory instrument

12 September, 2017

IIAC decides not to prescribe anxiety and depression in teachers and healthcare workers

Council review concludes there is insufficient evidence to recommend prescription under the Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit Scheme

11 September, 2017

Universal credit claimants more likely to have debt problems than those on legacy benefits, says Citizens Advice

New report warns that the accelerating roll out of universal credit from October 2017 is 'a disaster waiting to happen' and will push more people further into debt

11 September, 2017

Scottish Government seeks assurance from the DWP that DLA and PIP will not be cut when free personal care is introduced for under 65s

Letter to Secretary for State for Work and Pensions calls for protection of those who are self-funding in residential care

11 September, 2017

Welfare cuts, rent rises and inflation will make 2 million families more than £50 a week worse off by 2020

New research commissioned by the LGA also finds that two thirds of those facing the biggest income losses will be working families

11 September, 2017

High Court rules, in council tax reduction case, that onus of proof remains with claimant if council has made reasonable requests for information

[2017] EWHC 2252 (Admin)

8 September, 2017

Premature destruction of records by the DWP is hindering complaints resolution in a ‘troubling number of cases’

Annual report from the Independent Case Examiner says that, whilst the DWP has clear data retention policies, staff are not always observing them, or 'more worryingly' have misunderstood them

8 September, 2017

Scottish Government calls for a halt to the roll-out of universal credit to fix its ‘fundamental flaws’

Minister for Social Security says there is no rationale for the UK Government not to pause and fix the system

8 September, 2017

New statutory guidance issued in relation to the Specialist Employability Support programme

DWP advises that provider contracts have been extended for service that helps unemployed disabled people move closer to the labour market

7 September, 2017

'Component parts' being built to provide for continuous online social security tribunal hearings

Changes will also see creation of digital case files that will allow appellants to track and monitor their case