Welfare rights

30 January, 2018

Government announces it has decided not to undertake a feasibility study on issuing warnings before sanctions

Progress report to Public Accounts Committee also states that the DWP has been unable to identify any evidence that housing benefit claims have been stopped in error due to sanctions

30 January, 2018

DWP confirms it is reviewing 1.6 million PIP claims following High Court judgment

Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work says review will include claimants who currently receive the standard rate of the mobility component

30 January, 2018

‘Good cause’ case law applies to consideration of ‘good reason’ / ignorance of law is capable of founding ‘good reason’ for failure to carry out work-related requirement

CUC/1653/2016
[2017] UKUT 477 (AAC)

30 January, 2018

Whether home responsibilities protection can be awarded for a period when a claimant raised her children in another EU Member State

CHR/2543/2016
[2018] UKUT 2 (AAC)

30 January, 2018

More than 40 per cent of Scottish Welfare Fund community care grant applications were unsuccessful between July and September 2017

New statistics from the Scottish Government also show that more than 30 per cent of crisis grant applications were unsuccessful in the same period

29 January, 2018

Director General of Universal Credit confirms level of Minimum Income Floor can be adjusted to take into account caring responsibilities

Neil Couling also commits to evaluating the MIF in terms of whether it will reduce poverty

29 January, 2018

New Burdens payments in connection with implementing closure of the universal credit live service to new claims

New DWP guidance advises that payments averaging around £2,400 will be paid to each local authority

29 January, 2018

Discretionary housing payment funding and expenditure limits for English and Welsh local authorities

New DWP guidance

29 January, 2018

Meaning of 'assistance' and whether applicable to a situation where another person undertakes the entire process of preparing and cooking a meal for a claimant

CPIP/2327/2017
[2018] UKUT 5 (AAC)

29 January, 2018

Undertaking the whole task of preparing and cooking a meal for a claimant does not amount to ‘assistance’ with that activity

CPIP/404/2017
[2017] UKUT 268 (AAC)

26 January, 2018

EU citizen who married British citizen after returning to the UK did not have right to reside under regulation 9 of the Immigration (EEA) Regulations 2006

CE/1947/2015
[2017] UKUT 472 (AAC)

25 January, 2018

Closure of the universal credit live service to new claims from 1 January 2018

New DWP guidance issued following government's November 2017 announcement

25 January, 2018

Universal credit is a source of 'significant risk' to the Treasury in terms of public spending control

Based on its current design, the new benefit system will save only £1bn by 2022/2023, says Office for Budget Responsibility

25 January, 2018

Government rejects call to consider localising at least part of the council tax support scheme for pensioners

Response to independent review confirms that there are no plans to allow local authorities increased discretion in this area

25 January, 2018

Council of Europe Committee finds levels of UK sickness and unemployment benefits are ‘manifestly inadequate’

Payment rates for ESA, JSA and SSP all fall below the European Social Charter poverty threshold, says Committee of Social Rights

24 January, 2018

Work and Pensions Secretary says up to 220,000 people are owed PIP following High Court judgment on mobility component

Ms McVey also says decision not to appeal the judgment was made ‘to provide certainty to our claimants’

24 January, 2018

SSAC 'not persuaded' that transition to universal credit housing payments are most effective way of targeting those at risk of rent arrears

Committee recommends that policy is reviewed in consultation with relevant stakeholders

24 January, 2018

SSAC expresses serious doubts about potential for universal credit 'surplus earnings' policy to operate effectively

Without 'compelling evidence' that it can be successfully operated at scale, Committee says it is not prudent to continue with the policy