Welfare rights news

15 September, 2017

64 per cent of new claims for universal credit served waiting days

New DWP statistics highlight that the majority of those affected are single people without children

15 September, 2017

One in four new claims for universal credit do not receive full payment on time

New DWP statistics also show that 15 per cent of new claims did not receive any payment on time

15 September, 2017

More than one in three private landlords of universal credit claimants report their tenants are in rent arrears

Situation 'does nothing to encourage landlords to house people needing to claim benefit’, says Residential Landlords Association

15 September, 2017

Self-employed claimants of working tax credit have limited understanding of universal credit

New DWP research shows that there is little impetus to find out more and claimants mostly adopt a 'wait and see' approach

15 September, 2017

Around half of new claims for universal credit received an advance payment in June 2017

New DWP statistics also show that the most frequently paid value of advance was between £150 and £200

15 September, 2017

Universal credit claimants are more likely to move into work than similar JSA claimants, says DWP

New 'employment impact analysis' presents findings from analysis of claims from 27,000 single, unemployed claimants in 2014/2015

15 September, 2017

Four out of ten people entitled to income-based JSA are not claiming the benefit

New DWP statistics also estimate that £12.4 billion of means-tested benefits went unclaimed in 2015/2016

14 September, 2017

Number of outstanding social security and child support appeals increases 88 per cent to 103,000

New Ministry of Justice statistics show that increase has mainly been driven by increases in employment and support allowance and personal independence payment appeals

14 September, 2017

79 per cent of PIP claimants say assessment process is making their health worse, new survey finds

Disability Benefits Consortium also reports that more than half of respondents felt that PIP assessors did not properly understand their health condition

14 September, 2017

84 per cent of ESA claimants placed in the work-related activity group score points for problems ‘adapting to change’

New DWP statistics also show that ‘social interaction’ is the next most common functional impairment activity in which claimants score points

13 September, 2017

Provision of local welfare schemes in England is at risk of collapsing, says Centre for Responsible Credit

New report finds that almost half of local authorities have either reduced funding by 60 per cent or more or closed their scheme down

13 September, 2017

Value of outstanding housing benefit overpayments continues to follow an 'increasing trend' in 2016/2017

New DWP statistics show that the value of outstanding overpayments as at January 2017 had risen by 8 per cent compared to the same point the previous year

13 September, 2017

Psychiatric disorders are the main disabling condition for more than a third of PIP claimants

New DWP statistics show that 'musculoskeletal disease' is the next most common condition

13 September, 2017

55 per cent of households receiving a payment of universal credit are entitled to support for housing costs

New DWP statistics also show that 6 per cent of housing costs payments for private rented sector tenants are paid direct to their landlord

13 September, 2017

Extended vulnerability criteria for immediate access to JSA hardship payments in Northern Ireland

New statutory rule

13 September, 2017

Disregard of payments for care and support in Wales in the calculation of social security benefits

New statutory instrument

13 September, 2017

DWP launches consultation on future developments in relation to universal credit statistics

Proposals include expanding the range of regular statistics or incorporating universal credit into existing regular publications

13 September, 2017

Rate relief scheme introduced for universal credit claimants in Northern Ireland

New statutory rule implements a new rate relief scheme to provide support to low income households who receive universal credit

12 September, 2017

Industrial Injuries Advisory Council recommends that terms of prescription for latex anaphylaxis be extended

Council notes that latex allergy is rarely acquired outside workplace and prescription should be extended to all workers with occupational contact