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12 November, 2019

More than half of universal credit sanctions last more than four weeks

New DWP statistics also show that almost three quarters of recent full service sanction decisions resulted in a sanction being imposed

12 November, 2019

Just 80 households on universal credit received a split payment in August 2019

New statistics also show that 78,000 households, out of 1.9 million total, received payment more frequently than standard monthly cycle

11 November, 2019

Amendments to social security regulations to protect rights of third country nationals lawfully living and working in Northern Ireland after the UK exits the EU

New statutory rule

8 November, 2019

Human Rights Commission calls on Northern Ireland Executive to renew welfare reform mitigation measures due to end in March 2020

Failure to replace measures such as mitigating bedroom tax and benefit cap will plunge poorest households into crisis, says Chief Commissioner

8 November, 2019

Social Security Scotland launches consultation on its first Equality Strategy

Commitments include the ‘mainstreaming’ of equality, with outcomes seeking to make 'practical improvements' addressing inequality and discrimination

7 November, 2019

UK Government needs to end the structural and design issues in universal credit that drive up poverty and debt

APPG on poverty also calls for the social fund in England to be reinstated as a rights-based national assistance scheme

7 November, 2019

80 per cent of universal credit households no longer subject to benefit cap moved off because of reasons other than earnings

New DWP statistics also show that 65 per cent of housing benefit households moved off the cap for reasons other than an open working tax credit claim

6 November, 2019

ASA upholds formal complaints about DWP’s universal credit advertising campaign

Action follows 44 complaints about campaign which featured regional press ads in the Metro and a web page hosted on the Mail Online and Metro Online websites

6 November, 2019

Government fails to commit to extension of ‘mitigation’ measures in response to MP’s report on welfare policy in Northern Ireland

Recommendation to end the two-child limit is also dismissed as a matter for the Northern Ireland Executive and Assembly to consider

6 November, 2019

Administrative Justice Council identifies poor government decision making as a ‘prime area of concern’

Annual Report for 2018/2019 highlights development of 'polluter pays' proposal which would shift cost of tribunal hearings to departments in cases where initial decision was clearly wrong

6 November, 2019

Scottish Social Security Committee calls for review of Scottish Welfare Fund funding provision

Real terms decrease in funding allocation and significant pressures from inflation and rising demand highlighted in pre-budget scrutiny report

5 November, 2019

Government rejects Work and Pensions Committee’s key recommendations to strengthen welfare safety net

DWP response to Committee's thematic inquiry disagrees with its calls for more generous benefit uprating and benefit cap rates, local housing allowance rates and universal credit deductions policy

5 November, 2019

Review of housing benefit claimants’ self-employed earnings leads to annual saving of £63 million

DWP reports on review of cases where reported self-employed earnings had not changed over period of 12 months

5 November, 2019

Select Committee expresses ‘disappointment’ at government’s failure to adequately respond to its report on carer’s allowance overpayments

Government's response gives little hope that the DWP has even understood what the problems are, let alone that it might do anything to end the misery it continues to inflict, says Committee Chair

5 November, 2019

Failure to consider impact of court reforms on vulnerable users risks undermining public confidence in justice system, say MPs

Public Acounts Committee also expresses concern that, although HMCTS has extended reform timetable to seven years, it is still struggling to deliver all it promised

5 November, 2019

Social Security Advisory Committee consults on whether Motability scheme is best way to support mobility needs of disabled people

Consultation launched in light of fact that two-thirds of eligible disabled people are not accessing the scheme

5 November, 2019

Government announces increase in the maximum amount for additional expenses within the funeral expenses payment from Spring 2020

Payment, which covers expenses such as a coffin, flowers and funeral directors' fees, will rise from £700 to £1,000

5 November, 2019

Average weekly income of people using food banks is only £50 after paying rent

Hunger in the UK isn’t about food, says Trussell Trust, it’s about people not having enough money

5 November, 2019

69 per cent of single parent households subject to the benefit cap in Northern Ireland have at least one child under the age of five

New Department for Communities statistics also show that 85 per cent of capped households are single parents