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7 December, 2018

Scottish local authorities spent or committed almost £57 million on DHPs in first half of 2018/2019

Amount represents 93 per cent of total estimated funding for the year

6 December, 2018

Lords Scrutiny Committee says DWP may have acted prematurely in seeking the extensive powers of the Universal Credit (Managed Migration) Regulations 2018

Committee examines multiple concerns with the DWP's managed migration proposals and draws the regulations to the attention of the House

6 December, 2018

Government should introduce a new 'Universal Carer’s Income' for all carers, paid at the same rate as JSA

Demos think tank calls for new payment as part of a 'radical new settlement' between the state and informal carers

6 December, 2018

£1.9 billion of welfare benefits underpaid in 2017/2018

New DWP fraud and error statistics also highlight that overpayments over the same period amounted to £3.8 billion

5 December, 2018

Scottish Government publishes research on user and provider experiences of devolved employability services

Key findings include importance of tailoring support to individual circumstances and need to ensure that programmes are adequately funded over medium term

4 December, 2018

4.1 million children are living in poverty, a rise of 500,000 in the last five years, says the JRF

New annual UK Poverty report also finds that four million workers are living in poverty, a rise of more than half a million over five years

4 December, 2018

DWP provides update on universal credit data sharing issues with local authorities

Review of current sharing arrangements for Local Council Tax Reduction purposes follows concerns raised by local authorities

4 December, 2018

Labour Party announces commitment to restore legal aid for social security benefit appeals

Shadow Justice Secretary says the move will encourage the DWP to get more decisions right first time as well as reducing costs incurred by the Ministry of Justice in appeals administration

3 December, 2018

DWP confirms process for representatives of universal credit claimants to contact DWP by phone

Using four unique identifying criteria will enable the call to be put through to the appropriate case manager

30 November, 2018

Department for Communities publishes annual report on welfare reform mitigation measures in Northern Ireland

Report includes details for the first time of mitigation payments awarded to claimants moving to universal credit

29 November, 2018

HMCTS confirms availability of online appeals service for PIP claimants across England and Wales

New digital service rolled out after trial received 'high levels of user satisfaction'

29 November, 2018

Labour leader calls on government to bring forward policies to reverse 'shocking trend of rising poverty, homelessness and destitution'

Jeremy Corbyn says that Labour party will support any legislation brought forward and expedite it through the House of Commons

29 November, 2018

74 per cent of individuals referred to the Work and Health Programme have made a start on the Programme

New DWP statistics also show that 86 per cent of those have a disability or health condition

28 November, 2018

Almost 5,000 people joined devolved employment service Fair Start Scotland in its first six months

New Scottish Government statistics also show that, in first 18 months of transitional employment services, more than 800 participants entered employment lasting at least 26 weeks

27 November, 2018

Introduction of implicit consent under universal credit is ‘a real priority’, says Justin Tomlinson

Family Support, Child Maintenance and Housing Minister also tells MPs that the DWP is 'urgently looking at' anomalies in way earned income is treated under universal credit

27 November, 2018

Almost half of all universal credit claimants are having at least 20 per cent of the standard allowance deducted from their award

Written answer adds that, of those experiencing deductions, 12 per cent are subject to the maximum 40 per cent deduction

26 November, 2018

Select Committee investigates DWP's recovery of overpayments from thousands of carer's allowance claimants

Government should question whether its actions are in the best interests 'not just of individuals, but of society and the wider economy'

26 November, 2018

Government announces plans to open third Courts & Tribunals Service Centre

New centre in Loughborough will follow the opening of first two centres in Birmingham and Stoke-on-Trent in January 2019

26 November, 2018

Revaluation of ‘protected payments’ subject to a pension sharing order in new state pension awards

New statutory instrument