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23 November, 2018

Social Security benefit and pension up-rating for 2019/2020 announced

Minister highlights that while most working-age benefits are frozen, those linked to additional costs of disability, and for carers, are increased by 2.4 per cent

23 November, 2018

Scotland creates new Social Security Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal

Chamber will hear appeals from decisions by Social Security Scotland

22 November, 2018

Government must set 'readiness tests' for universal credit before managed migration begins, says Select Committee

'Major areas of concern' remain about the government's plans despite changes announced in the Budget

22 November, 2018

Miscellaneous amendments to social security legislation

New DWP guidance

22 November, 2018

Commencement of new ‘early years assistance’ in Scotland

New regulations provide for the coming into force of provisions of the Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018 from 10 December 2018

22 November, 2018

Additional amounts for children and qualifying young persons in pension credit awards

New DWP guidance

21 November, 2018

Amendment of social security regulations in Northern Ireland consequent upon the introduction of the best start grant in Scotland

New statutory rule

20 November, 2018

Amber Rudd acknowledges that there are problems with universal credit and says that she will make it her role to deliver improvements

New Work and Pensions Secretary tells MPs that 'we will have a fair, compassionate and efficient benefits system'

20 November, 2018

Applications for Scotland’s best start grant payment open from 10 December 2018

Scottish Government also confirms that the first payments will be pregnancy and baby payments which will be made before Christmas

20 November, 2018

Department for Communities responds to independent review on how PIP is working in Northern Ireland

Department agrees to implement a video relay service for sign language users to claim PIP, and to explore a more 'Function First' approach to the assessment

16 November, 2018

Amber Rudd replaces Esther McVey as Work and Pensions Secretary

Former Home Secretary becomes sixth Work and Pensions Secretary since March 2016

16 November, 2018

Level of child poverty in UK is 'not just a disgrace, but a social calamity and an economic disaster', says UN Special Rapporteur

Report, following two-week fact finding mission to UK, also condemns 'punitive, mean-spirited, and often callous' approach to people who need support

16 November, 2018

Functions of Scotland’s new Social Security Chamber and composition of tribunals hearing social security appeals

New statutory instruments

16 November, 2018

Recoveries from discretionary social fund loans exceeded payments by more than £100 million in 2017/2018

Social Fund annual report also shows 10 per cent reduction in applications for sure start maternity grants

15 November, 2018

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions resigns

Esther McVey says that she cannot defend the Withdrawal Agreement for leaving the EU, agreed by the Cabinet yesterday, cannot vote for the deal, and has no alternative but to resign

15 November, 2018

Government publishes draft Withdrawal Agreement for the UK’s exit from the European Union

Subject to both the UK and Union States agreeing its final terms, the Agreement includes provision for the implementation and protection of equal treatment rights and social security coordination post-Brexit

15 November, 2018

More thought is needed on transitionally protecting those who naturally migrate to universal credit before managed migration, says SSAC Chair

Sir Ian Diamond also tells Work and Pensions Committee that the DWP should consider bringing forward the 2020 start date for the two week run on of legacy benefits