Welfare rights

2 November, 2018

Tax credits fraud and error overpayments expected to rise and exceed five per cent target in 2017/2018 and 2018/2019

HMRC tells MPs that termination of contract with Concentrix is primary reason for increase and that appetite to improve tax credit systems 'is very low' in light of replacement by universal credit

2 November, 2018

DWP continues to adopt cautious approach to extending opening hours, says PCS

Union reports on small scale 'test and learns' to try options and assess claimant demand

2 November, 2018

Scottish Social Security Committee recommends increased funding for Scottish Welfare Fund

Committee Convener says additional monies should be allocated wholly to grant provision and not for administration of the Fund

2 November, 2018

DWP is keen to learn from local authorities’ experience of handling housing benefit claims from people in supported accommodation

New Welfare Direct Bulletin also welcomes suggestions on how DWP can improve oversight of quality and value for money of supported accommodation

1 November, 2018

HMRC reviewing cases where a 'Failure to Notify' penalty was issued due to not registering for High Income Child Benefit Charge

Refunds will be issued if the person had a 'reasonable excuse' for not meeting their tax obligation

1 November, 2018

DWP confirms process for making a repeat claim for universal credit following a nil award

Universal credit landlord engagement newsletter also highlights 90 per cent of social landlords should be enrolled on landlord portal by December 2018

1 November, 2018

Only 25 per cent of universal credit claimants who stop being subject to the benefit cap do so because their earnings are too high

New DWP statistics also show that 63 per cent of households that had their universal credit capped are single parent families

1 November, 2018

Northern Ireland President of Appeal Tribunals reports that error rate in benefit appeals has more than doubled

Most common reason for error is that the decision appealed against was based on a misinterpretation or misunderstanding of the evidence available to the decision maker

31 October, 2018

DWP makes determination to extend 'interim period' during which claimants with three or more children can't claim universal credit to 31 January 2019

Determination, which follows November 2017 announcement of extension, made under the Universal Credit (Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2014

31 October, 2018

Almost half of Scottish universal credit claimants have taken up offer to have more flexible payments

New statistics highlight that this is in addition to those who already have an alternative payment arrangement put in place

31 October, 2018

Joint Committee on Human Rights recommends approval of amendments to Jobseeker’s (Back to Work Schemes) Act 2013

Changes proposed by way of a draft remedial Order will remedy the incompatibility of the Act with article 6(1) of the European Convention on Human Rights

30 October, 2018

Managed migration of claimants to universal credit exposes people to an 'unreasonable level of risk'

We fear that, in too many cases, people will 'fall out of the social security system entirely', says chair of the Social Security Advisory Committee

30 October, 2018

OBR forecasts that universal credit will cost more than legacy system would have between 2019 and 2023

In light of increased spending, new Economic and Fiscal Outlook also highlights January 2018 warning that Ministers would come under pressure to mitigate negative effect on families

30 October, 2018

Scottish Social Security Secretary 'dismayed' at the number of people needing to access Scottish Welfare Fund

Budget changes 'do not get close' to mitigating damaging impact of universal credit, says Ms Somerville

30 October, 2018

UK Government publishes Agency Agreement for the delivery of carer’s allowance in Scotland

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Scottish Ministers have agreed that the DWP will continue to deliver carer’s allowance to Scottish claimants until September 2020

29 October, 2018

Universal credit work allowances to increase by £1,000 per year from April 2019, Chancellor announces

Budget 2018 also confirms that the 'implementation schedule' for roll-out of universal credit has been 'updated'

29 October, 2018

Universal support is not ‘universal’ and it doesn’t offer much in the way of support, say MPs

Select Committee also finds DWP's aggressive approach to collecting debts leaves claimants 'swimming against a tide of unmanageable repayments'

29 October, 2018

Scottish Government creating technical prototype for creation and re-use of digital identities

Social Security Agency and a local authority will test the prototype with child DLA and single person council tax discount