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1 December, 2020 Open access

‘Press pause’ on making deductions from people’s benefit during pandemic, urges Trussell Trust

New report from charity highlights that almost three out of four food bank users in receipt of universal credit are repaying an advance

1 December, 2020

Scottish Government has paid out more than £540 million in devolved benefits since Social Security Scotland established in September 2018

Social Security Scotland's annual report for 2019/2020 also shows that more than 80 per cent of claimants who rated their experience of applying for Scottish benefits said it was 'good'

30 November, 2020

Scottish Government announces £100 million ‘Winter Plan for Social Protection’

Funding developed to mitigate social harms posed by the concurrent risks of COVID-19, winter cost of living increases and Brexit, as well as to promote equality and human rights

30 November, 2020 Open access

Scottish Government announces extension of Self-Isolation Support Grant to new groups

Changes, that include extending entitlement to parents whose children are required to self-isolate, will come into effect from 7 December 2020

30 November, 2020 Open access

Ministers urged to fill ‘glaring omissions’ from last week’s Spending Review by making £20 benefit uplift permanent and extending increase to legacy benefits

Public statement from JRF and more than 60 charities and faith leaders says there is ‘no conceivable scenario in which this lifeline will not be necessary'

30 November, 2020 Open access

Government’s emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic is not enough to paper over cracks of UK’s ‘threadbare safety net’, says New Economics Foundation

Highlighting that more than 20 million people are falling below a 'minimum socially acceptable standard of living', think tank calls for introduction of a Minimum Income Guarantee

27 November, 2020 Open access

Discussions are ‘very much ongoing’ with the Treasury on the best way to support low-income families from April 2021, says DWP Minister

However, Will Quince says that it is right to wait for more clarity on the national economic and social picture before decisions are taken

27 November, 2020

DWP confirms it is restarting pre-COVID-19 renewal processes for attendance allowance claimants

Department advises that awards that are due to expire after 8 March 2021 will receive renewal packs in the coming weeks

27 November, 2020 Open access

DWP publishes guidance on administration of COVID Winter Grant Scheme, and sets out allocation of £170 million funding for scheme by local authority

Aim of scheme is to ensure that 'every child will be warm and well-fed this winter', says Department

27 November, 2020 Open access

Welsh Government announces extra £2.6 million in funding for local authorities to meet increased demand for council tax reduction scheme due to COVID-19

New funding brings total amount of coronavirus-related support for scheme up to almost £5.5 million

27 November, 2020

New burdens funding to cover additional housing benefit administration costs for implementing the severe disability premium gateway

New DWP guidance confirms funding for costs up to the abolition of the SDP gateway from 27 January 2021

27 November, 2020

More than eight out of ten claimants mandated to the Work and Health Programme have not achieved a ‘job outcome’

New DWP statistics also show that more than a quarter of all claimants referred to the programme then failed to start it

27 November, 2020

Ensuring that EU social security co-ordination regulations cease to have effect in areas of Scottish devolved competence from 31 December 2020

New statutory instrument also ensures that devolved benefits in Scotland remain available to eligible EU/EEA/Swiss citizens on same terms as before Brexit

26 November, 2020

‘Major blow’ for claimants as government slips out announcement on next year’s benefit rates

Work and Pensions Committee Chair says that, unless the government thinks again, some of the most vulnerable people in society will be faced with a tough winter with no additional support

26 November, 2020

Growing numbers of people in or at risk of being pulled into poverty will have taken little solace from the plans laid out in the Chancellor’s Spending Review

Joseph Rowntree Foundation says that, in the here and now, families need to know how they will pay for food, childcare and keep a roof over their heads

26 November, 2020

More than 3 per cent of the universal credit caseload had their benefit capped as at August 2020

New DWP statistics also show that total number of households capped has continued to rise through the COVID-19 pandemic, up 8 per cent in the last quarter

26 November, 2020

Treasury Secretary confirms annual uprating of tax credits, child benefit and guardian’s allowance

However, Mr Barclay says the £20 temporary 'uplift' to working tax credit is a separate issue and will be looked at in the new year

26 November, 2020

Full roll-out of personal independence payment delayed again and is now nine years behind the original schedule

OBR Economic Outlook says that additional two-year delay is due to COVID-19 pandemic and means migration of all DLA claimants is not now expected to be complete until 2025

26 November, 2020

Government’s plan to introduce a minimum award length for personal independence payment delayed until April 2021

OBR Economic Outlook reports that delay is due to COVID-19 pandemic limiting the DWP’s ability to conduct PIP assessments