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19 March, 2024

Just over 10,000 claimants were referred to the Health Transformation Programme assessment service in year to January 2024

New DWP statistics also show that almost 15,000 PIP claims were made via new digital channel in period between launch in July 2023 and January 2024

19 March, 2024

Number of households subject to benefit cap decreased by 6 per cent in three months to November 2023

However, new DWP statistics also show that almost three quarters of households that had their benefit capped were single parent families

19 March, 2024

DWP sets out how it is currently supporting those with additional support needs and explains its ‘future aspirations’

New publication outlines current policy and practice and plans including for the use of AI and speech analytics to identify vulnerable claimants

18 March, 2024

Scottish Government to introduce an adult DLA for existing claimants as an alternative to ADP

Eligible adults who currently receive DLA from the DWP will be transferred automatically to the new Scottish benefit and can then choose whether to remain on it or apply for adult disability payment instead

18 March, 2024

Government called on to put Algorithmic Transparency Recording Standard on a statutory footing

As AI tools are increasingly used to support decision-making, group of civil society organisations and others highlight that transparency is key to building and maintaining public trust

18 March, 2024

Provisions necessary to give full effect to the uprating of social security benefits and pensions in 2024/2025

New statutory instrument

18 March, 2024

DWP issues details of the new Rent Rebate Subsidy Limitation arrangements for Welsh local authorities in 2024/2025

New guidance circular sets out specified amounts and guideline rent increases

15 March, 2024

DWP’s assessment of bias in its use of machine learning ‘has not identified any areas of concern’

Work and Pensions Minister says that the Department always ensures that appropriate safeguards are in place and that it takes steps to ensure that the use of machine learning is 'legal and proportionate'

15 March, 2024

Bill introduced to provide for changes to the high income child benefit charge

Measures in the Spring Finance Bill will 'back hard-working British families' by increasing the threshold for the charge from £50,000 to £60,000

15 March, 2024

Miscellaneous amendments to social security legislation in Northern Ireland including in relation to migration of legacy benefit claimants to universal credit

New statutory rule also adds requirement that a person must be allocated a national insurance number before a universal credit advance payment can be made to them

14 March, 2024

Since April 2019, two-thirds of universal credit WCA decisions have resulted in a finding of LCWRA

New DWP statistics also show that there are now 2 million people on the universal credit health journey

14 March, 2024

Seven in ten PIP appeals cleared at a tribunal hearing are overturned in favour of the claimant

However, new Ministry of Justice statistics also highlight that overturn rates vary by benefit and fall to less than a five in ten success rate for employment and support allowance

14 March, 2024

Welsh Government launches consultation on proposed changes to its council tax reduction scheme

Views sought on proposals designed to simplify the application process and reduce the administrative complexity of the scheme

14 March, 2024

Annual revaluation of earnings factors used for the calculation of additional state pension and guaranteed minimum pension in Northern Ireland

New statutory rule

13 March, 2024

Social Security Scotland among public bodies made subject to duty to improve the extent to which consumers are considered in strategic policy and decision-making

New statutory instrument

12 March, 2024

Nothing in DWP’s research suggests that a lack of understanding or inbuilt systemic barriers are causing tax credit claimants not to claim universal credit when asked to do so

However, Select Committee hears evidence that the Department plans to carry out further survey work in April 2024 to try and question everybody who hasn't claimed

12 March, 2024

Uprating of pneumoconiosis lump sum payments in Northern Ireland from April 2024

New statutory rule

12 March, 2024

Amendment of specified diseases and prescribed occupations for purposes of pneumoconiosis compensation in Northern Ireland

New statutory rules

12 March, 2024

Around one in five children in Northern Ireland are living in poverty, with minimal reduction in levels over last eight years

Northern Ireland Audit Office assessment of Executive's child poverty strategy finds that lack of joined-up working and timely data have contributed to lack of progress in child poverty indicators