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4 November, 2019

Government’s justification for two-child limit ‘does not stand up to scrutiny’ and policy should be reversed

Policy has unintended consequences that 'no government should be willing to accept', says Work and Pensions Select Committee

4 November, 2019

Social Security benefit and pension up-rating for 2020/2021 confirmed

Work and Pensions Secretary announces 1.7 per cent rise in working age benefits and 3.9 per cent increase to state pensions

4 November, 2019

Tax credits, child benefit and guardian’s allowance up-rating 2020/2021

Chief Secretary to the Treasury announces that most tax credits and thresholds will increase by 1.7 per cent

4 November, 2019

President of Appeal Tribunals urges Department for Communities to consider seeking GP reports at early stages of all disability benefit appeals

Annual report on decision making also calls for presenting officers to review medical reports prior to hearings

4 November, 2019

Commencement of Scotland’s devolved maternity, funeral and heating expenses payments

New statutory instrument amends date that payment provisions come into force

4 November, 2019

Dupuytren’s contracture added to list of prescribed diseases for which industrial injuries disablement benefit is payable

New DWP guidance

1 November, 2019

More than £100 million paid out as universal credit advance payments during May 2019

Minister confirms that Department expects to see this figure increase as caseload grows

1 November, 2019

DWP announces new £10 million fund to help vulnerable people claim universal credit

Funding will be available to charities and other support organisations from April 2020

1 November, 2019

Proposed court reform could compromise justice for vulnerable people particularly those that are unrepresented, MPs warn

Select Committe recommeds that non-digital processes must be available including paper forms and a freephone service

1 November, 2019

Ignoring arrears of maternity allowance and armed forces independence payment in calculation of capital

New DWP guidance

1 November, 2019

Risk-based verification systems used by local authorities to help identify fraudulent claims may be discriminatory says the Legal Education Foundation

However, lack of transparency about how algorithms work means that it may be impossible to know whether discrimination is occurring

1 November, 2019

Transfer of executive competence for disability benefits to the Scottish Government

New statutory instrument

1 November, 2019

Amendment of social security and tax credit regulations to protect rights of third country nationals lawfully living and working in the UK after the UK exits the EU

New statutory instrument

31 October, 2019

Legislative changes in Northern Ireland to give effect to agreements between UK and Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway on citizens’ rights when the UK exits from the EU

New statutory rules

31 October, 2019

Extension of welfare mitigation payments in Northern Ireland will be a matter for the restored Executive Ministers

Minister confirms that the current mitigations are due to end in March 2020

31 October, 2019

Employment Minister Mims Davies announces she will stand down as Eastleigh MP at next election

Giving reasons for stepping down, Ms Davies says 'it is entirely a personal decision and not a political one’

30 October, 2019

‘Families facing exceptional pressure’ is now the main reason for community care grant applications in Scotland

New statistics from the Scottish Government also show that crisis loan applications are up 12 per cent on the same quarter last year

30 October, 2019

Rapid rise in number of social security appeals has outstripped ability of Tribunals Service to recruit and train sufficient new panel members

However, Social Entitlement Chamber President also highlights initiatives to speed up appeals including closer pre-hearing case management and listing more personal independence payment appeals in each session

30 October, 2019

Specialist Employability Support programme fails to meet DWP targets for achieving job outcomes for participants

New DWP statistics show that performance was around a third below what was expected for achieving short term job outcomes of more than 13 weeks