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28 October, 2019

Scottish Government announces that time limit for requesting a redetermination of a decision relating to new disability assistance will be extended to 42 days

In addition, Social Security Scotland will have a maximum of 56 days in which to undertake the redetermination

25 October, 2019

DWP’s ‘defensive, dismissive and trite’ response to Work and Pensions Committee’s survival sex inquiry was ‘not an isolated incident’

Committee chair says that, having belatedly acknowledged that there's a problem, the DWP must take steps to resolve it

25 October, 2019

Almost half of Scottish households with a universal credit award that includes the housing costs element have a direct payment to landlord arrangement in place

New statistics also show that around half of claimants offered more flexible payments in Scotland have taken up the offer

24 October, 2019

People with outstanding tax credit debts risk having the money forcibly recouped from their wages, warns LITRG

Transfer of debt from HMRC expected to result in the DWP and Department for Communities taking on responsibility for around 600,000 outstanding cases

24 October, 2019

Discretionary Assistance Fund should be available to universal credit claimants waiting for their first payment, says Welsh National Assembly Committee

Committee also recommends that Welsh Government should seek payment flexibilities for universal credit and other devolved powers

23 October, 2019

DWP investigations completed so far have uncovered almost £2 million in fraudulently claimed universal credit advances

Minister for Pensions and Financial Inclusion also confirms that there have been two successful fraud prosecutions to date

23 October, 2019

Dupuytren’s contracture added to list of prescribed diseases for which industrial injuries disablement benefit is payable in Northern Ireland

New statutory rule

22 October, 2019

Government must urgently put right the ‘terrible injustice’ of not paying bereavement benefits to cohabitees

Select Committee recommends that government should start its consultation on options for reform by the end of 2019 at the latest

22 October, 2019

Two-thirds of 16 to 24 year old single parents face income reductions as a result of the switch to universal credit

Resolution Foundation says outcome reflects a long-term trend of deprioritising welfare support for young people

22 October, 2019

Government needs a clear strategy to support separated parents, including the parent without main caring responsibility, says SSAC

Committee highlights that the current social security system only allows one parent to receive child-related benefits making it difficult for the other partner to share caring responsibilities

22 October, 2019

Average waiting time for calls to ESA helpline was almost 25 minutes in September 2019

Figures supplied by Employment Minister show that waiting time has more than doubled since October last year

21 October, 2019

Call for evidence on draft Jobseekers (Back to Work Schemes) Act 2013 (Remedial) Order 2019

Joint Committee on Human Rights highlights that regulations have been amended in order to also protect claimants with pending sanction appeals under the Mandatory Work Activity Scheme

21 October, 2019

DWP pilots new Facebook page ‘to share information and signpost people’

New edition of Touchbase advises that the pilot will run until February 2020

18 October, 2019

DWP is being ‘very cautious’ in its universal credit managed migration pilot and Secretary of State would like to see it speeded up

Giving evidence to Select Committee, Thérèse Coffey also says that she is 'encouraging' the Department to roll the pilot out in other places besides Harrogate

18 October, 2019

Suspected cases of fraudulently obtained universal credit advances ‘increasing week by week’ and currently number around 85,000

Permanent Secretary tells Select Committee that victims will only be allowed to return to legacy benefits if they had 'no involvement whatsoever' or there is loss of SDP

18 October, 2019

World is stumbling ‘zombie-like’ into a digital welfare dystopia, warns UN human rights expert

All too often the real motives behind digital programs are to slash welfare spending, set up intrusive government surveillance systems and generate profits for private corporate interests, says Philip Alston

18 October, 2019

Measuring how Social Security Scotland and the Scottish Government are delivering commitments of Social Security Charter

New framework for assessing performance of benefit and policy delivery in Scotland will report annually from 2020

18 October, 2019

Citizens Advice Scotland calls for better support for disabled people within the social security system

Recommendations include reducing unnecessary assessments, and introducing a legal deadline for the DWP to respond to mandatory reconsiderations