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1 September, 2020 Open access

Welsh Government announces £2.8 million funding to help local authorities fund increased demand for council tax reduction

New funding will replace income reductions suffered by councils as a result of increased number of households becoming entitled to the benefit since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic

28 August, 2020 Open access

New self-isolation payment scheme is so limited it will still leave millions of families facing financial problems

'Paltry payments' will not make the difference needed, says the TUC

27 August, 2020 Open access

People with coronavirus and their contacts to be paid to self-isolate

Self-isolation payments to come into effect from 1 September 2020 for those in receipt of universal credit or working tax credit

27 August, 2020

DWP continuing to experience problems in dealing with claims for legacy benefits from claimants in receipt of an SDP as part of a housing benefit claim

As a result of ongoing problems, DWP advises that a new process is to be put in place to remove the need for it to make phone calls to local authorities, or request information from the claimant direct

27 August, 2020

Non-UK EEA nationals paid £20 billion more in income tax and national insurance than they were entitled to in tax credits and child benefit in 2018/2019

New HMRC statistics also highlight that non-EEA nationals paid almost £18 billion more, £2 billion higher than the previous year

27 August, 2020 Open access

Extension of SSP eligibility in Northern Ireland to people who are self-isolating prior to being admitted to hospital for planned or elective surgery

New statutory rule

26 August, 2020 Open access

Coronavirus pandemic has led to ‘huge increase’ in number of claims for universal credit in Northern Ireland

New Department for Communities statistics show that number of claims rose to peak of more than 35,000 in March 2020, a five-fold increase on average number prior to pandemic

26 August, 2020 Open access

Number of households subject to benefit cap in Northern Ireland has ‘increased significantly’ due to effect of COVID-19 on universal credit caseload

New Department for Communities statistics show increase of more than 40 per cent in number of households capped between March and May 2020

26 August, 2020 Open access

Fair Start Scotland ‘start rate’ increased to more than 80 per cent during COVID-19 lockdown

New statistical analysis suggests that increase may be linked to 'changing referral sources', with the DWP having paused referrals during the pandemic

25 August, 2020 Open access

Extension of SSP eligibility to people who are self-isolating prior to being admitted to hospital for planned or elective surgery

New statutory instrument

25 August, 2020 Open access

Without a radical change in policy direction, the financial situation for low-income families is likely to get worse before it gets better

As the Government’s COVID-19 emergency support schemes are tapered away, more help will be needed for struggling families who have lost jobs or taken income drops, says CPAG and the Church of England

25 August, 2020

Access to income-related benefits for family members of people of Northern Ireland

New DWP guidance

21 August, 2020

New acting CEO of HM Courts and Tribunals Service appointed on a temporary basis

Kevin Sadler replaces Susan Acland-Hood who has been appointed as a Second Permanent Secretary at the Department for Education

21 August, 2020 Open access

Scottish Child Payment to open for applications in November 2020, with payments to start at end of February 2021

Delivery of new benefit only two months later than originally planned is a 'significant achievement' given challenges posed by COVID-19, says Communities Secretary

20 August, 2020

DWP enters legal agreement with the EHRC to improve services for people with hearing impairments

Changes include a commitment to provide a video relay service across telephony services for all benefits and services

20 August, 2020

DWP updates guidance on whether cash sickness benefits can be paid to a claimant habitually resident in another EEA Member State or Switzerland

New decision-making guidance issued in relation to the daily living component of PIP, the care component of DLA, attendance allowance and carer’s allowance

20 August, 2020

Reciprocal arrangements between Great Britain and Northern Ireland in relation to universal credit

New DWP guidance

20 August, 2020

Secretary of State issues Directions to authorise electronic claims for maternity allowance, funeral expenses payments and Sure Start maternity expenses

Social Security (Electronic Communications) (Amendment) (No.2) Directions 2020 in force from 13 August 2020

19 August, 2020

Scottish Government should aim for ‘world-leading’ system of support for disabled people, says Scottish Campaign on Rights to Social Security

Coalition calls for further reforms to devolved disability assistance to ensure that it supports right to independent living and takes into account costs associated with equal participation