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5 June, 2020 Open access

DWP confirms ‘easement’ that maintains housing benefit entitlement for claimants prevented from returning to GB within permitted temporary absence periods due to COVID-19 travel restrictions

Guidance to local authorities also advises that regulations have not been amended, so rules preventing subletting and having an intention to return continue to apply

4 June, 2020 Open access

Without urgent action, more than a million extra people face poverty at end of 2020 due to coronavirus pandemic

However, increases in child poverty could be entirely prevented by removing the two-child limit and benefit cap, and increasing child benefit by £5 per week, says IPPR

3 June, 2020 Open access

Chancellor provides more detail on next steps for the Coronavirus Job Retention and Self-Employment Income Support schemes

Confirmation that the CJRS will close to new entrants on 30 June 2020, and a second grant will be available under the SEISS, including for those who have not claimed before

3 June, 2020 Open access

‘Technical difficulty’ is no excuse to exclude disabled people from extra financial help during COVID-19 pandemic, says Disability Benefits Consortium

As more than 114,000 sign 'Don't Leave Disabled People Behind' petition, charities call on Chancellor to increase legacy benefits in line with universal credit

3 June, 2020 Open access

Minister confirms that DWP is continuing to refer new claims to work capability assessment provider during coronavirus outbreak

Written answer in parliament also confirms that claimants who report deterioration in condition will be referred for reassessment and that the DWP will continue to process cases that have already been referred 'where possible'

3 June, 2020 Open access

Trussell Trust reports 89 per cent increase in need for emergency food parcels in April 2020 compared to April 2019

Increase in need during coronavirus outbreak is 'completely unprecedented and not right', says Chief Executive

2 June, 2020 Open access

Almost £25 billion of claims made to the Job Retention and Self-Employment Income Support schemes since they opened

New HMRC statistics also show that claims have been made in respect of more than 11 million employed or self-employed workers up to the end of May 2020

2 June, 2020 Open access

Almost 3 million claims for universal credit have been made since 16 March 2020

New management information shows that in the same period more than 900,000 advances have been awarded on new claims

2 June, 2020 Open access

People deemed to be incapable of work for purposes of statutory sick pay in Northern Ireland

New statutory rule adds a person who has been notified to self-isolate due to contact with a person infected with COVID-19 to list of qualifying people

1 June, 2020 Open access

SSAC puts forward policy recommendations to address ‘rough edges’ in DWP’s emergency response to COVID-19

Committee's proposals include increasing JSA and ESA in line with universal credit standard allowances, and taking action to ensure those affected by the benefit cap are not disadvantaged

29 May, 2020 Open access

Government outlines plan to bring Coronavirus Job Retention and Self-Employment Income Support schemes to an end

As Britain returns to work, we need to adapt the emergency programmes we put in place to bridge through the crisis, says Chancellor

29 May, 2020 Open access

Expenditure on crisis grants in Scotland up by 145 per cent in April 2020 compared to April 2019

Scottish Government publishes management information ahead of scheduled quarterly statistics due to 'heightened interest' in impact of COVID-19 on Scottish Welfare Fund

29 May, 2020 Open access

TUC calls for extension of Self Employment Income Support Scheme

'Consistent and necessary' to extend scheme in line with extension of Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, says Union body

29 May, 2020 Open access

Allocation of additional funding for local authorities to support cost of implementing COVID-19 related LHA changes

New DWP guidance confirms funding of £0.45 million to cover cost of notifications to housing benefit claimants affected by changes

28 May, 2020 Open access

Work and Pensions Committee questions Prime Minister about lack of support for people with ‘no recourse to public funds’

Chair urges Prime Minister - who was 'clearly surprised' that such restrictions applied - to lift NRPF conditions during COVID-19 crisis

28 May, 2020 Open access

Allowing electronic claims for state pension credit in Northern Ireland in response to coronavirus outbreak

New statutory rule

28 May, 2020 Open access

Citizens Advice calls on government to give workers who are ‘shielding’ due to COVID-19 an automatic right to be furloughed

Charity's research finds that more than a quarter of those in shielded group have lost at least 60 per cent of their income

28 May, 2020 Open access

COVID-19 ‘Test and Trace’ programme will not be effective unless statutory sick pay is extended to all and increased to level of real Living Wage, says TUC

Warning that workers who cannot afford to self-isolate will be forced to keep working, TUC also calls for extension of support for self-employed

28 May, 2020

Less than a quarter of households on universal credit in Scotland are receiving more frequent payments under Scottish choices

New statistics also show that around half of households with housing entitlement are having direct payments to landlords under Scottish choices or DWP alternative payment arrangements