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23 February, 2024

Enabling modification of social security legislation within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament to reflect reciprocal arrangements between the UK and Gibraltar

New statutory instrument also makes provision for variation of legislation to give effect to the Convention on Social Security Coordination between Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and the UK

22 February, 2024

HMCTS extends court reform programme completion date to March 2025 to ‘ease pressure on the business and ensure continued success’

Chief Executive also says that some parts of the programme will no longer be delivered as planned 'to ensure the stability we need'

22 February, 2024

Single parents on universal credit are more likely to be in work within six months of making a claim compared to those claiming legacy benefits, according to new DWP research

Introducing the research, SRO Neil Couling says that'it is more important than ever to recognise the proven positive effect that universal credit is having on employment outcomes for families nationwide'

22 February, 2024

Ombudsman finds council at fault for applying a blanket policy of deducting child benefit when calculating special guardianship allowance

Devon County Council agrees to amend its policy, recalculate entitlement for all those affected and issue backdated payments where appropriate, and pay £600 compensation to the complainant

22 February, 2024

Amendment of social security reciprocal arrangements between the UK and Gibraltar

New statutory instrument

22 February, 2024

Bringing Scotland’s discretionary housing payments scheme under the full control of Scottish Ministers

New statutory instruments fully commence Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018 provisions that will also allow Ministers to issue Scotland-specific statutory DHP guidance

22 February, 2024

Welsh Government publishes first evaluation of its basic income for care leavers pilot

Initial findings show that while some participants were thriving due to the opportunities it provided, others were struggling due to existing vulnerabilities

21 February, 2024

Next government needs to make ‘quick win’ changes to social security system, as claimants report it is leaving them ‘scared, exhausted and drained’

New report from IPPR and Changing Realities recommends reforms to help address ‘vicious cycle of snakes and ladders’ that is drawing people down into poverty

21 February, 2024

‘More work needs to be done’ on HMRC’s plan to allow people who did not claim child benefit to receive national insurance credits

Treasury Committee raises concerns about timeframe for implementation of plan and adequacy of proposals for contacting those affected

21 February, 2024

New food bank signposting slip is not a change in policy but will better align DWP practices with GDPR

Department says foodbanks remain in control of who they support, and it is not for jobcentres to screen claimants on their behalf

21 February, 2024

Miscellaneous amendments to tax credit regulations including new disregards of certain compensation payments and changes relating to the roll out of Scottish disability assistance

New statutory instrument

20 February, 2024

Jobcentre has become a ‘universal credit monitoring service’ rather than an employment service, says Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Estimating that work coaches spend around 13 million hours a year monitoring claimants, at a cost of £350 million, JRF recommends 'reorientating' jobcentres to concentrate instead on building productive, supportive and work-focused relationships

19 February, 2024

DWP publishes guidance for clinicians on the severe disability group and the simplified assessment processes for PIP and LCWRA

Department confirms that testing of the new criteria is now being expanded to include a larger number of claimants

16 February, 2024

DWP to stop referring claimants to food banks because it involves the ‘inappropriate’ use of personal claimant information

Change bound to increase pressure on struggling claimants and already overstretched food banks, warns Director of the Independent Food Aid Network

16 February, 2024

DWP sets out details of its staff rewards and recognition policy in response to Freedom of Information request

Process for making in-year financial and non-financial awards enables managers to show their appreciation and recognition of 'exceptional behaviour' and 'contribution towards DWP business objectives'

16 February, 2024

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

New statutory instrument

15 February, 2024

Changes to fees payable in relation to proceedings in the Supreme Court

New statutory instrument

14 February, 2024

More than 20,000 universal credit claimants with ‘no work-related requirements’ were part of a claim that closed in 2023 because a claimant commitment was not accepted

Figures supplied by DWP Minister show that number has increased from 12,000 in 2020 and reached 25,000 in 2022