Welfare rights news

21 February, 2018

Four out of five universal credit sanction appeals are successful

New DWP statistics also show that sanction decisions are not changed in 72 per cent of mandatory reconsiderations

21 February, 2018

Work is not providing a route out of poverty for a third of children with a working single parent

New report from Gingerbread calls for improved jobcentre support, reversal of benefit cuts, and better childcare provision to help single parents out of poverty and low paid work

21 February, 2018

More than a third of universal credit claimants in a working household are subject to work-related requirements

New DWP statistics also show that 730,000 people were in receipt of the benefit as at 11 January 2018

20 February, 2018

WCA descriptors should be overhauled so that they reflect the British Labour market

New research also recommends reducing the extent of benefit conditionality disabled people face and strengthening safeguards to avoid unfair sanctioning

19 February, 2018

Government confirms that work experience placements will be voluntary under the Youth Obligation

However, response to Work and Pensions Committee report also says that those that do not take up offer will receive work-focused support and may be referred to a range of local providers

19 February, 2018

Miscellaneous amendments to the council tax reduction scheme in Scotland

New statutory instrument

16 February, 2018

Parents and carers should seek advice before applying for new Tax-Free Childcare, warns LITRG

Those on lower incomes who claim tax credits or universal credit need to ensure that the new scheme is the right choice for them when compared to other options.

15 February, 2018

Pilot scheme testing universal credit in-work conditionality to be extended for further 12 months

New DWP guidance

15 February, 2018

Extension of flexible payment arrangements for universal credit claimants in Scotland

New DWP guidance

14 February, 2018

‘Pervasive lack of trust’ undermines the entire operation of PIP and ESA assessments

Work and Pensions Committee says it 'beggars belief' that recording the assessment is not already routine

14 February, 2018

National Audit Office to undertake investigation into errors made in payment of ESA

Investigation will look at how and when the issue was discovered and how information was acted upon

13 February, 2018

Simple Payment service to be replaced by HM Government Payment Service by 20 March 2018

Payment will still be through PayPoint outlets but will be paid in sums of up to £100

12 February, 2018

Pilot scheme testing universal credit in-work conditionality to be extended for further 12 months

New statutory instrument

9 February, 2018

Further transitional arrangements in relation to changes to state pension age would be 'unfair and unaffordable', says government

We've considered many options and all of the proposals would be wrought with substantial legal and financial problems, says Minister

9 February, 2018

Work and Pensions Committee publishes distressing accounts from people navigating the PIP and ESA claims processes

Unprecedented response to call for evidence was 'remarkable in the consistency of the themes that emerged', says Committee

9 February, 2018

DWP issues guidance on recent miscellaneous amendments to universal credit

New advice for decision makers includes details of changes to waiting days, work-related requirements and housing costs for temporary accommodation

9 February, 2018

Evidence of work-related activity when assessing substantial risk for ESA and universal credit

New DWP guidance

9 February, 2018

Further roll-out of universal credit full service between February 2018 and April 2018

New DWP guidance

8 February, 2018

Universal credit Project Assessment Reviews 'barely mention claimants' and are 'shot through with management gobbledegook'

Work and Pensions Committee says it is 'very surprised' that such a major programme has not been subject to scrutiny of a review since 2015