Welfare rights news

16 August, 2018

Introduction of the new carer’s allowance supplement in Scotland

New statutory instrument

15 August, 2018

SSAC publishes further clarification from DWP and HMRC about managed migration of tax credit claimants to universal credit

Information provided around identification of claimants with complex needs, deprivation of capital and transitional protection for claimants who are appealing a disability benefit decision

14 August, 2018

71 per cent of universal credit sanction decisions relate to failing to attend or participate in a work-focused interview

New DWP statistics also show that 18 per cent of universal credit sanctions lasted 14 weeks or more

14 August, 2018

Number of universal credit claimants hits one million for the first time

New DWP statistics

9 August, 2018

Government announces that all supported housing funding is to be kept within the welfare benefit system

Protection of the most vulnerable has always been our primary concern, says Housing Minister

8 August, 2018

Senior President of Tribunals announces first online social security appeal hearings will be trialled in Autumn 2018

Sir Ernest Ryder says that digital evidence sharing with the DWP will also be piloted

7 August, 2018

DWP launches consultation on the content of Work and Health Programme statistics

First release, due in late Autumn 2018, will include information about the number of Programme 'referrals' and 'starts'

7 August, 2018

Consultation launched on the investigation of social security offences in Scotland

Scottish Government seeks views on a draft Code of Practice and the terms of new regulations under the Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018

6 August, 2018

Rigid universal credit monthly assessment system is leading to ‘arbitrary’ losses for claimants

New report from CPAG highlights that some claimants are losing hundreds of pounds a year purely because of when their paydays and assessment periods fall

3 August, 2018

Committee calls for evidence on childcare costs under the universal credit system

Next strand of Work and Pensions Committee inquiry seeks to establish what needs to be done to get the IT and final design of universal credit right for childcare support

3 August, 2018

Work and Pensions Committee relaunches benefit cap inquiry

Written submissions need to reach the Committee by 10 September 2018

2 August, 2018

More than 11,000 households have had their universal credit capped in full service areas since October 2016

New statistics also show that less than half of capped universal credit households had moved off the cap as at May 2018

2 August, 2018

Further roll-out of universal credit full service between September and December 2018

New DWP guidance

1 August, 2018

Universal credit payments should be made to main carer where claimants have dependent children

Work and Pensions Committee report on domestic abuse also recommends DWP ensures 'without delay' that there is a private room in every Jobcentre

1 August, 2018

DWP needs to give policy recommendations 'careful consideration in a more timely way in future', SSAC says

Committee's new annual report also highlights how the universal credit waiting days policy reversal shows a need for fuller Departmental thinking on policy consequences before rather than after legislation comes into force

1 August, 2018

Exchange of information between the DWP and regional providers of pilot employment programmes

New designation orders issued in relation to pilot programmes delivered by the Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, and West Midlands Combined Authorities

1 August, 2018

Crisis grant applications to the Scottish Welfare Fund increase by 6 per cent compared to last year

Local Authorities received almost 175,0000 applications in 2017/2018, however only 68 per cent of these were accepted

31 July, 2018

Following High Court judgment, DWP agrees compensation of around £170 per month to universal credit claimants who lost out on migration

Law firm Leigh Day highlights that claimants in a similar position will only be awarded £80 per month under the draft managed migration regulations