Welfare rights news

26 June, 2017

Government sets out proposed post-Brexit benefit rights of EU nationals living in the UK

Policy paper seeks to provide EU citizens with certainty about their future, with expectation that rights will be reciprocated for UK nationals living in the EU

26 June, 2017

Government makes agreement with the DUP that there will be no change to the pensions triple lock and the universal nature of the winter fuel payment

‘Confidence and Supply Agreement' means that the DUP will support the Conservative government on votes on the Queen’s Speech, the Budget, and legislation relating to Brexit and national security

26 June, 2017

LHA freeze means more than a million households could be at risk of homelessness by 2020, says Shelter

Analysis finds that, of these households, more than half are likely to contain dependent children

23 June, 2017

Discretionary housing payments and former residents of Grenfell Tower

New DWP guidance

22 June, 2017

DWP issues new guidance in relation to High Court benefit cap case

Department says that it has considered the Court's judgment and is taking steps to appeal it

22 June, 2017

More than one million claimants returned to Jobcentre Plus at the end of two years on the Work Programme

New DWP statistics also show that 8 per cent of those returning to Jobcentre Plus after two years had three or six months in work during their time on the scheme

21 June, 2017

Social Security (Scotland) Bill introduced

Bill transposes eleven benefits with devolved responsibility onto a Scottish legislative platform

21 June, 2017

11 per cent fall in numbers receiving council tax reduction in Scotland

New Scottish Government statistics

20 June, 2017

Decisions relating to ill health and disability benefits are often made with insufficient medical evidence, says Citizens Advice Scotland

New report highlights that there are opportunities to rethink the way medical evidence is gathered and assessed

20 June, 2017

Further roll-out of the universal credit full service between July and September 2017

New DWP guidance

20 June, 2017

Disregard of emergency funds for the purposes of calculating social security benefits

New DWP guidance

19 June, 2017

Amendment of the additional earnings disregard entitlement conditions for housing benefit

New DWP guidance

19 June, 2017

Disregard of emergency funds for the purposes of housing benefit

New DWP guidance

16 June, 2017

HMRC’s methodology for producing fraud and error statistics questioned

In addition, LITRG recommends that HMRC should provide better support to claimants to prevent errors entering the system in the first place

16 June, 2017

DWP ministerial responsibilities post-election 2017

Ministers take on new responsibilities for financial inclusion, family support, housing and child maintenance

16 June, 2017

Disregard of emergency funds for the purposes of social security benefits

New statutory instrument

16 June, 2017

Contributory benefit rates are 'much below' international minimum standards, says International Labour Organisation

Report on the ILO Social Security Convention also says UK Government appears deaf to common European and international objectives of social protection

15 June, 2017

HMRC errors led to reductions in tax credit payments of £30 million in 2015/2016

New statistics also highlight more than 400,000 claimant errors, with a value of £170 million, that favoured HMRC

14 June, 2017

79 per cent of reassessed DLA mandatory reconsiderations result in no change to PIP award

New DWP statistics also show that 84 per cent of PIP new claims reconsiderations result in no change to the award