Welfare rights news

31 October, 2017

Government publishes new proposals for funding supported housing from April 2020

Having abandoned a 'one size fits all' approach, government proposes three separate funding groups

31 October, 2017

58 per cent of those moving onto universal credit from employment were paid fortnightly or weekly in previous job

Resolution Foundation calls for seven waiting days to be scrapped as the first step in reducing the six week wait for benefit

31 October, 2017

14 per cent of Scottish Welfare Fund crisis grant applications are due to delayed benefit payments

New statistics from the Scottish Government also show that crisis grant applications are up 11 per cent compared to the same time last year

30 October, 2017

LITRG calls for universal credit system for the self-employed to be improved

New report highlights that without change there is a real possibility that people will be discouraged from starting self-employment and existing claimants will be forced to give up work

30 October, 2017

30,000 disabled people in Scotland expected to lose benefit once PIP roll-out completes, says Scottish Government

New report also estimates that up to 10,000 ESA claimants per year are set to lose the work-related activity component

27 October, 2017

New evidence before the Work and Pensions Committee shows that many advance payments of universal credit are being recovered too quickly

Chair of the Committee says evidence is 'most damning' he has ever read on DWP maladministration

26 October, 2017

HMCTS provides update on plans for online social security appeal hearings

Reforms will allow for much faster decision-making in a system where delays can bring real hardship, says Chief Executive of HM Courts and Tribunals Service

26 October, 2017

Independent review calls for new, flexible model of statutory sick pay

Benefit should enable a phased return to work with wages and statutory sick pay paid on a pro-rata basis

26 October, 2017

Scottish Government awards two-year contract to build the first phase of new social security IT system

£8.3 million contract will support the implementation of the new Best Start Grant and Funeral Expense Assistance

26 October, 2017

Schemes for assisting persons to obtain employment

New statutory instrument adds the Work and Health Programme as a prescribed scheme

26 October, 2017

Disregard of payments from schemes helping those affected by Thalidomide or infected blood when calculating means tested benefits in Northern Ireland

New statutory rule

26 October, 2017

Bereavement support payment and council tax reduction in Scotland

New statutory instrument amends previous error

26 October, 2017

Miscellaneous amendments to social security legislation in Northern Ireland

New statutory rule

26 October, 2017

Work and Pensions Committee publishes 'urgent, unanimous report' calling for six week wait for universal credit to be reduced to one month

Report highlights that 'no one works the first week of a job for free'

25 October, 2017

Prime Minister announces that LHA cap will not be applied in the social rented sector

Full details of the government's model to support and sustain supported housing will be published on 31 October 2017

25 October, 2017

Scottish Government and COSLA write to Secretary of State urging him to rethink policy on applying LHA cap in social rented sector

Letter calls for policy to be abandoned or, if not, that the shared accommodation rate is not applied

24 October, 2017

For claimants moving on to universal credit it is the process rather than the principle that is problematic

New research from the Smith Institute reports that participants almost universally experienced financial hardship as a result of the transition

24 October, 2017

Miscellaneous amendments to social security legislation

New statutory instrument

24 October, 2017

Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions secures emergency debate on universal credit roll-out

Application follows unanimous support for last week's Opposition motion calling for roll-out to be paused