Welfare rights news

16 August, 2017

3.4 per cent of universal credit claimants had a sanction deduction applied to their claim in December 2016

New DWP statistics also show that while the number of JSA sanctions has decreased over the last year, ESA sanctions have increased

16 August, 2017

60 per cent of people claiming universal credit have been claiming the benefit for more than six months

New DWP statistics show that the total claimant count is 570,000 as of 13 July 2017

11 August, 2017

Care leavers are three times more likely to be sanctioned than their peers, says Children’s Society

New report also warns that without change, the Youth Obligation risks replicating the worst aspects of the sanctions regime for care leavers

9 August, 2017

National Audit Office calls for evidence on the impact universal credit is having on both claimants and local stakeholders

Results of the NAO study are scheduled to be published in Spring 2018

8 August, 2017

Scottish Government launches new 10-point plan to make funeral arrangements more affordable

Plan includes introducing a new funeral expense assistance benefit by summer 2019

7 August, 2017

MPs urge government to delay roll out of universal credit

Letter to the Guardian highlights the financial hardship that delays in payments and loss of disability premiums are causing

4 August, 2017

More children are living in poverty now than at any other time in the past 10 years

The country’s largest grant-giving charity says almost 4 million children across the UK are now living in poverty, with many families having to choose between paying bills and eating

3 August, 2017

Three-quarters of capped households are capped because of the introduction of lower cap levels

New DWP statistics also show that 77 per cent of capped households now live outside Greater London

2 August, 2017

MPs write to Employment Minister to urge that all full-time disabled students who receive DLA or PIP be entitled to universal credit

Disability Rights UK, who co-authors the letter, highlights that students who have not yet had a work capability assessment can not qualify for the benefit

2 August, 2017

Making labour market support mandatory does not increase the level of engagement by claimants

New qualitative research from the DWP also finds that claimants prefer a supportive and collaborative approach rather than one that is prescriptive

2 August, 2017

Increase to female state pension age means 1.1 million women are worse off by average of £32 per week

Institute for Fiscal Studies finds that increased employment rates among women aged 60 to 62 are not enough to offset losses of pension age benefits

1 August, 2017

Support for mortgage interest enables claimants to maintain housing stability, according to new DWP research

However, interest-only mortgagors most likely to claim the support are least able to repay the capital, or understand the risks they face

1 August, 2017

Bereavement support payment and reciprocal agreements

New DWP guidance

1 August, 2017

New employment support schemes to be piloted in six English regions

£35 million has been committed by DWP and DCLG to pilot new approaches to employment support for people who face long-term barriers to work and in-work progression

28 July, 2017

President of the Social Entitlement Chamber ‘determined’ to ensure that no appellant feels or is disadvantaged by use of on-line dispute resolution

Judge Aitken also says that the concept of a ‘continuous on-line hearing’ will bring judges and other parties together at a much earlier stage

26 July, 2017

Amendments to social security legislation consequent upon the introduction of loans for mortgage interest

New statutory instrument

26 July, 2017

Recovery of tax credit debts from other benefits and through earnings deductions in Northern Ireland

New statutory instrument

26 July, 2017

Almost 300,000 vulnerable and low income households in Wales received a reduction in their council tax in 2016/2017

Welsh Government is ensuring that local authorities in Wales continue to be shielded from the costs faced by councils in England, says Local Government Secretary