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6 August, 2019

Government facing further legal challenge to universal credit migration arrangements for claimants who previously received SDP

Leigh Day reports on pre-action letter arguing that new migration regulations are unlawful in failing to fully compensate those who lose out on transfer to universal credit

6 August, 2019

Government confirms appointment of new interim chair of the Social Security Advisory Committee

Liz Sayce replaces Professor Sir Ian Diamond who is standing down to take up a new role with the UK Statistics Authority

5 August, 2019

Early Day Motion tabled seeking to annul universal credit managed migration regulations

However, writing to stakeholders, Director General of Universal Credit Programme says that annuling regulations would result in payments in respect of loss of SDP being suspended

2 August, 2019

Carers being punished for DWP’s own administrative failures, say MPs

New Work and Pensions Committee report calls on government to 'completely reassess' approach to carer's allowance overpayment recovery

2 August, 2019

DWP’s universal credit PR campaign cost almost a quarter of a million pounds

Letter deposited in House of Commons Library confirms final costing for nine-week campaign with Metro newspaper

2 August, 2019

DWP issues guidance on Supreme Court decision that extension of Workers Registration Scheme was unlawful

Decision makers instructed that they should no longer refuse EEA workers the right to reside on grounds of not having complied with Scheme

2 August, 2019

Cross-party group of MPs ‘extremely alarmed’ about low proportion of cases awarded arrears in review exercise following PIP Upper Tribunal decisions

Letter to DWP Minister calls for independent audit as low payment rate raises question about validity of decision making

1 August, 2019

75,000 households had their benefit capped as at May 2019, up 12 per cent on previous quarter

New DWP statistics also show that around 80 per cent are only capped due to the lower cap levels introduced in November 2016

1 August, 2019

Scottish Welfare Fund paid out £35 million in 2018/2019

'We would much rather these resources were invested in anti-poverty measures than protecting our people from another government’s cuts', says Social Security Secretary

31 July, 2019

Almost 600,000 children are living in households affected by the two-child policy

New DWP statistics show that the number of households affected by the policy has more than doubled over the last year

31 July, 2019

DWP has ‘no excuse' for a lack of understanding or transparency about the effects of welfare reform, say MPs

Work and Pensions Committee also finds that welfare safety net is being ‘shredded’ through policies to cap and freeze benefit rates

30 July, 2019

Baroness Stedman-Scott appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in the House of Lords

Responsibilities for new cross-DWP Lords spokesperson will include fraud, error and debt strategy

29 July, 2019

Mims Davies appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at DWP

MP for Eastleigh was previously at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

29 July, 2019

Nearly half of the 14.3 million people in poverty in the UK live in a family where someone is disabled

Social Metrics Commission also finds that poverty rates among children and pension-age adults have risen since 2014/2015

25 July, 2019

Peers express 'surprise and disappointment' at DWP using negative procedure to bring in managed migration regulations without a debate

'Tactical ploy' by the Department means regulations will have been in operation for nearly six weeks before Parliament has opportunity to scrutinise them

25 July, 2019

DWP confirms that first SDP transitional payment has been issued, on day scheme was introduced by managed migration regulations

Universal Credit Change Director also tells Select Committee that if there is a shortfall compared to legacy benefit amounts it is because payment is 'compensation', not 'transitional protection'

25 July, 2019

1,400 people who have been moved onto universal credit by virtue of suspected fraud have been interviewed under caution

Secretary of State says interviews 'are not supposed to be confrontational' but admits she has not seen the letters inviting people to interview

24 July, 2019

DWP confirms launch of universal credit managed migration pilot in Harrogate

'We’ve already started the learning on morning one', DWP's Universal Credit Change Director tells Select Committee

24 July, 2019

Urgency to pass managed migration regulations this week without debate is 'disrespectful' and ‘entirely of the government's making’

House of Lords criticises DWP’s failure to honour commitment to debate regulations before laying them