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22 March, 2019

Scottish Government needs to implement 'much more radical' changes to social security if it is to meet child poverty targets, says Resolution Foundation

New analysis, based on current tax and benefit policies, predicts Scottish child poverty rate of 29 per cent by 2023/2024, more than 10 per cent above target

22 March, 2019

Universal credit uprating and social security contribution rates for 2019/2020

New DWP guidance

22 March, 2019

Housing federations across UK join together to lobby government to improve universal credit system

Demands include ending the five week wait for first payments and better data sharing between DWP and social landlords to help support tenants

22 March, 2019

Housing benefit new burdens payments to meet costs of implementing recent social security policy changes

New DWP guidance

21 March, 2019

Minister for Employment confirms that more than half of universal credit claims are subject to deductions

Of these, almost half are having more than 20 per cent of the standard allowance deducted

21 March, 2019

DWP confirms it is advising local authorities of any new ESA awards made as a result of its incapacity benefit to ESA 'underpayment exercise'

Parliamentary written answer says local authorities can then consider the possible impacts of new awards on housing benefit and council tax reduction entitlement

21 March, 2019

More than £1.1 million to be allocated to local authorities for new burdens associated with implementing mixed-age couple benefit changes

New DWP guidance on housing benefit subsidy payments to local authorities

21 March, 2019

Bill proposing first steps to extend ‘destitution domestic violence concession’ to EEA nationals and other groups receives first reading

Government will be required to report on extending eligibility for the UK Border Agency concession - that enables time-limited access to social security provision - within six months of the Act coming into force

21 March, 2019

Uprating of carer’s allowance in Scotland

New statutory instrument

21 March, 2019

Revocation and re-enactment of benefit uprating regulations for 2018/2019 in Northern Ireland

New statutory rules ensure that benefit uprating provisions remains valid in the absence of a Northern Ireland Assembly to approve them

21 March, 2019

Uprating of mesothelioma lump sum payments in Northern Ireland

New statutory rule

21 March, 2019

Protecting reciprocal social security rights enjoyed by British and Irish citizens following the withdrawal of the UK from the EU

New statutory instrument

20 March, 2019

Combined impact of tax and social security reforms 'has hit the poorest households in Scotland hardest', says EHRC

New research finds that female lone parents, black families, severely disabled people and families with more than three children lose out most in period from 2010-2022

20 March, 2019

Troubled Families Programme has led to 10 per cent fewer adults claiming JSA compared to a control group

However, analysis of employment data shows no statistically significant difference

19 March, 2019

Work and Pensions Committee launches inquiry into possible link between universal credit and 'survival sex'

Inquiry launched in response to reports that welfare reforms driving people to exchange sex for basic living essentials

19 March, 2019

Social Security Advisory Committee launches consultation on the claimant commitment

Call for evidence focuses on claimants in the all-work related activity conditionality group

19 March, 2019

Decisions on DLA to PIP reassessment claims taking 8 weeks longer from point of referral to assessment provider than a year ago

New DWP statistics also show that the total time from point of entering reassessment process to a decision is also increasing

19 March, 2019

Social Security Advisory Committee launches consultation on social security and separating parents

Responses to call for evidence will be used to underpin the Committee's independent research into the living standards and financial position of parents who have separated