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19 July, 2019

Claimants facing 'unacceptable scale and range of difficulties' with universal credit mandatory reconsideration process

New CPAG report sets out wide range of problems including delays, gatekeeping and failure to provide mandatory reconsideration notices

19 July, 2019

National Audit Office qualifies HMRC's 2018/2019 accounts due to ‘material’ levels of error and fraud in tax credits

Comptroller and Auditor General also warns of continuing challenges for both HMRC and DWP from the transfer of claimants and £6.8 billion of tax credits debt to universal credit

19 July, 2019

Personal independence payment claims taking average of 14 weeks to process

Figures on median time between claim registration and decision for period from May 2018 to April 2019 provided by Minister for Disabled People

19 July, 2019

Introduction of Children’s Funeral Fund for England from 23 July 2019

New DWP guidance

19 July, 2019

Localised Council Tax Support Administration Subsidy Grant allocations for 2019/2020

Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government letter sets out allocations for each local authority in England

18 July, 2019

Successful delivery of Courts and Tribunals Reform Programme is in doubt for sixth year running, Infrastructure and Projects Authority finds

Urgent action needed to address problems and assess whether resolution is feasible, government advised

18 July, 2019

DWP revises overstated figures for number of claimants awarded arrears following underpayment of ESA

Updated statistics show that number of cases paid arrears was 74,000 rather than the 88,000 reported in May 2019

18 July, 2019

Universal credit has a ‘wealth of problems’ that need ‘considerable effort and resource’ to put right

All Party Parliamentary Group sets out checklist of issues and recommendations for redesign to make universal credit start working for all claimants

18 July, 2019

New universal credit claims will 'receive automatic guidance directing payments to be made to main carer's account'

New measures to support those experiencing domestic abuse will also include trained points of contact in every jobcentre by the end of summer

17 July, 2019

Labour Party would eliminate in-work poverty by end of first full parliamentary term, says Shadow Chancellor

Speech to Resolution Foundation also reiterates Labour's opposition to universal credit and says that it will 'put an immediate halt to the damaging changes that are already going through the system'

17 July, 2019

Consultation launched on the Courts and Tribunals (Online Procedure) Bill

Public Bill Committee seeks views before Bill reaches the end of its Committee Stage

17 July, 2019

Resolution Foundations calls for reform of universal credit to better support second earners

New report also urges incoming Prime Minister to rethink benefit cuts and provide more support to those on low and middle incomes

17 July, 2019

Government commits to reviewing support for all migrant victims of abuse as recommended by Joint Committee report on draft Domestic Abuse Bill

Support provided to asylum seekers and their dependants to enable access to specialist domestic abuse refuge places will also be increased

17 July, 2019

Amount which can be deducted from benefits towards child maintenance

New DWP guidance

17 July, 2019

Funeral expenses payment claims process amended to enable claims with estimated funeral date

DWP says change is set to significantly speed up the claims and payments process

16 July, 2019

Disabled people have lost on average four times as much as non-disabled people as a result of welfare cuts

Disability Benefits Consortium also highlights that the full impact of universal credit has not yet been felt and warns that it is 'a disaster waiting to happen'

16 July, 2019

Council tenants on universal credit more than three times as likely to be in arrears than tenants on housing benefit

Survey of local authority landlords also finds that tenants on universal credit are almost four times more likely to face court action

15 July, 2019

Government proposes extension of statutory sick pay to those earning less than lower earnings limit

New proposal forms part of consultation on how employers can better support disabled people and people with long-term health conditions to stay in work

15 July, 2019

More than a third of child support workers see families affected by welfare cuts on a daily basis

Survey carried out by Buttle UK also finds that more than half of the families worked with are living in destitution