Welfare rights news

17 November, 2017

Government publishes written statement on the interaction of the two child limit policy and Northern Ireland criminal law

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State states 'no officials of either the UK Government or the Northern Ireland Civil Service will question a claimant about an incident'

17 November, 2017

Commons agrees backbench motion to cut initial waiting time for universal credit to a month

Speaking for the motion, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Debbie Abrahams says universal credit’s ‘long hello’ is believed to be a primary driver of debt and arrears

17 November, 2017

EHRC warns of a 'bleak future' as it finds poorest are hit hardest by cuts to social security, tax and public spending reforms

New report also highlights that some groups - including black households and those with a disability - are affected more than others

17 November, 2017

Minister for Children and Families launches consultation on eligibility for free school meals under universal credit

Government proposes eligibility under a net earned income threshold of £7,400 per annum

16 November, 2017

Health and Work Conversation 'techniques' to be used to support universal credit claimants from late Autumn 2017

Written answer in Parliament confirms this will happen in mandatory interview prior to the work capability assessment

16 November, 2017

Further roll-out of universal credit in Northern Ireland

New statutory rule provides for introduction of benefit in specified postcode areas from 15 November 2017 and 13 December 2017

16 November, 2017

Work and Pensions Committee launches inquiry into employment support for carers

Select Committee seeks views on the adequacy of DWP support for carers and whether a 'cultural shift' is needed in attitudes towards carers in employment

15 November, 2017

Percentage of universal credit claimants sanctioned in the live service has doubled over last quarter

New DWP statistics also show that 71 per cent of sanction decisions were due to failure to attend a work-focused interview

15 November, 2017

Approximately two thirds of universal credit claimants have been on the benefit for more than six months

New DWP statistics also show that more than one in ten are in the 'in work with conditionality' regime

14 November, 2017

Work and Pensions Committee highlights flaws in universal credit which penalise the self-employed

Problems are further evidence of a welfare reform not geared to the realities of modern work, says Committee chair

13 November, 2017

Definition of ‘safely’ and effective dates for determining increased PIP entitlement

New DWP guidance issued further to recent three-judge panel Upper Tribunal decision in 'RJ'

13 November, 2017

Majority of claimants on Scotland’s ‘Experience Panels’ rate experience of current benefits system as poor or very poor

New research also finds that 71 per cent of panel members listed 'advice and support' as a priority for Scotland’s new social security system

13 November, 2017

Calculation of notional retirement pension income in pension flexibilities cases for universal credit

New DWP guidance

13 November, 2017

Treatment of kinship care and continuing care payments in new style JSA and ESA

New DWP guidance

10 November, 2017

Minister for Employment confirms the social landlords that will move on to the universal credit landlord portal and become trusted partners in 2017

Rollout of the portal is expected to continue at around 50 landlords per month

9 November, 2017

SSAC calls for DWP to test a broader, more innovative set of work coach practices for its universal credit in-work progression trials

New Committee report also recommends that delays and complexity of system need fixing to avoid hindering claimants from getting more or better paid work

9 November, 2017

Work and Pensions Committee 'alarmed' at limited publication, or even collection, of data relating to universal credit

'Unless the Department is testing, it cannot hope to learn', says Chair of Committee

9 November, 2017

Motion to pass the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill approved by the Scottish Parliament

MSPs unanimously vote for the motion by 115 votes

9 November, 2017

Sarah Newton appointed as Minister of State at the DWP

Appointment follows promotion of previous Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work Penny Mordaunt