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19 March, 2020 Open access

HMCTS issues new guidance on how it will use telephone and video technology during the coronavirus outbreak

Guidance also advises that the Senior President of Tribunals is preparing Practice Directions to permit the maximum use of paper determinations and remote hearings where appropriate

19 March, 2020 Open access

Scottish Welfare Fund more than doubled as part of Scottish Government’s £350 million emergency funding package in response to coronavirus outbreak

Other funding commitments include an additional £50 million to meet the anticipated increase in applications for council tax reduction and Scottish social security benefits

19 March, 2020 Open access

Northern Ireland Executive announces enhanced discretionary support fund as part of package of measures in response to the coronavirus outbreak

Deputy First Minister also says a range of further measures will be brought forward over the coming days, and that daily updates will be provided

19 March, 2020

More than 5 million PIP claims have been registered since its introduction in April 2013

Over the same period more than 2 million claims have been disallowed

19 March, 2020

Effect on housing benefit claims of removing adult dependency increase from state pension awards

New DWP guidance

18 March, 2020 Open access

Government must do more to protect vulnerable people and low-income families during the coronavirus pandemic, says Citizens Advice

Charity calls for SSP to be increased, suspension of the minimum income floor, and extension of cold weather payments

18 March, 2020

Social security benefits up-rating

New statutory instrument

17 March, 2020

DWP ‘does not make offers’ to claimants awaiting a tribunal, says Minister

Written answer advises that, where decision is changed prior to appeal, new appeal rights are given and full arrears paid if successful

17 March, 2020

‘Much more needs to be done to support families in this time of national crisis’, says CPAG

Charity calls for range of further measures to support families during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including making universal credit advances non-repayable and increasing child benefit by £10

17 March, 2020 Open access

Amendment of SSP regulations as a result of updated public health guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19)

New statutory instrument

17 March, 2020 Open access

Face-to-face assessments for all benefits suspended for three months in Northern Ireland

In addition, Minister announces that all routine appointments at Jobs and Benefits Offices will be postponed

17 March, 2020

DWP announces establishment of In-Work Progression Commission

Work and Pensions Secretary tells parliament that Commission will increase Department's evidence base and 'support policy development on helping people to progress in work'

17 March, 2020

Housing Benefit Award Accuracy Initiative to identify 400,000 awards at highest risk of having unreported changes of circumstances

New DWP guidance advises that local authorities are being funded to undertake mandatory 'full case reviews’ on all high risk cases that are identified

17 March, 2020

Miscellaneous amendments to tax credits, child benefit, guardian’s allowance and childcare payment scheme

New statutory instrument

17 March, 2020

Restriction of guardian’s allowance uprating to claimants who are ordinarily resident in UK

New statutory instrument also prevents uprating in cases where there is a question as to the rate that should be payable

16 March, 2020 Open access

All face-to-face assessments for sickness and disability benefits suspended for three months with effect from 17 March 2020

Alternative arrangements could involve either telephone or paper-based assessments, says DWP

16 March, 2020

Government tells select committee that access to justice is ‘fundamental’ to the court and tribunal reform programme

Response to Committee's report says the central purpose of reform is to 'shape the justice system around the needs of all its users'

16 March, 2020

Assistance may qualify for activity 3 if required due to nature of therapy tasks rather than physical or mental impairment in performing tasks / consideration of activity 2 and prompting to eat sufficient quantity of food

CPIP/455/2017
[2020] UKUT 22 (AAC)

16 March, 2020 Open access

People who are self-isolating as a result of coronavirus to be treated as incapable of work for SSP purposes in Northern Ireland

New statutory rule