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11 March, 2024

National rollout of secure email process for local authorities to share care home admissions and funding information with DWP to start from June 2024

New guidance to local authorities advises that Department will take a phased approach and expects the new IT solution to be available nationally by the end of March 2025

11 March, 2024

DWP received just 20 complaints about universal credit migration process in the nine months to December 2023

Department says that around a quarter of complaints were upheld or partially upheld on the basis that the service provided was below the standard expected

7 March, 2024

Work and Pensions Committee launches inquiry to examine whether responsibility for employment support should be devolved to local areas

Work follows up on 2023 report that highlighted how devolution might make the most of local knowledge and expertise, and better tailor help to the individual and help meet local needs

7 March, 2024

Ensuring that uprating of guardian’s allowance for 2024/2025 does not apply where the claimant is living abroad

New statutory instrument also prevents increases applying where there is an unresolved question in relation to uprating

7 March, 2024

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

New statutory instrument

6 March, 2024

Budget 2024: Household Support Fund to be extended for six months to September 2024

Chancellor announces funding of £500 million 'to help the most vulnerable with the cost of essentials'

6 March, 2024

Budget 2024: Maximum repayment period for universal credit budgeting advances to be increased from 12 to 24 months

Chancellor says that extension of repayment period from December 2024 will make loans more affordable for around one million claimants

6 March, 2024

Budget 2024: Government commits to assessing the high income child benefit charge on household rather than individual income by April 2026

Ahead of the policy change, the earnings threshold that triggers the charge will be increased from £50,000 to £60,000 from April 2024

6 March, 2024

Budget 2024: Government outlines commitment to provide additional funding to support the processing of disability benefit claims

Funding will increase 'system capacity' to meet increased demand and enable people to get the right support in a timely manner, government says

6 March, 2024

Budget 2024: Additional Jobcentre Support pilot to be extended for further twelve months

Government outlines that those taking part will be required to accept claimant commitments with more work requirements at 6, 13 and 26 weeks or have their claim terminated

5 March, 2024

NAWRA raises concerns over rapid pace of managed migration to universal credit despite evidence of insufficient support and information for vulnerable claimants

Submission to Select Committee inquiry also highlights that, despite announcing that pension age tax credit claimants will migrate to 'either universal credit or pension credit' from August 2024, the DWP has not published any details or plans

5 March, 2024

Leaders of more than 170 councils call for urgent extension to Household Support Fund

Letter to Chancellor, published ahead of tomorrow's Budget, expresses concern that ending the fund on 31 March will create a cliff-edge in provision for communities that councils will not be able to fill

5 March, 2024

Social security benefits uprating 2024/2025

New statutory instrument

5 March, 2024

Offsetting carer support payment from arrears of other social security benefits

New statutory instrument

5 March, 2024

Civil society organisations warn that plans for mass surveillance of millions of bank accounts to spot potential benefit fraud are a ‘hammer blow’ to privacy in the UK

Letter to ministers is 'biggest call yet' to scrap the plans that campaigners say are unnecessary, disproportionate and ineffective

5 March, 2024

Retention of habitual residence for victims of forced marriage or transnational marriage abandonment

New DWP guidance

5 March, 2024

Social Security Scotland introduces new text and email update service to let claimants know how their applications for adult or child disability payments are progressing

New service launched this month in response to feedback from claimant survey

4 March, 2024

Labour will have a ‘relentless focus’ on helping more people get work and get on at work, says Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary

Liz Kendall says that while the government's 'empty rhetoric' and 'failure to get to grips with welfare' is there for all to see, a Labour government would choose a different path

4 March, 2024

Work and Pensions Committee launches inquiry into government’s progress in supporting disability employment

MPs seek views on effectiveness of government’s recent efforts to narrow the disability employment gap, and how disabled people can be better supported to start and stay in work