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24 July, 2019

DWP backtracks on provision of SDP transitional payments to people formerly entitled to the premium only through housing benefit

New guidance to local authorities says any claimants that may lose out from the change can rely on discretionary housing payments

24 July, 2019

Secretary of State confirms her decision not to extend implicit consent to Members of the Scottish Parliament

Implicit consent is 'no longer necessary given the speed at which claimants can provide explicit consent', she explains

23 July, 2019

Regulations laid for universal credit managed migration pilot

New statutory instrument also provides for transitional payments to those who were previously entitled to an SDP in their income support, income-related ESA or income-based JSA

23 July, 2019

Secretary of State confirms she is laying regulations to enable universal credit managed migration pilot to start this month

New regulations will also provide for transitional payments of up to £405 month to claimants who were previously entitled to a severe disability premium

23 July, 2019

MPs call on government to fully compensate all claimants who lose out financially through universal credit natural migration

New Work and Pensions Commitee report also calls for DWP to warn claimants that they may lose out and provide a full list of the 'changes of circumstances' that lead to a claim for universal credit

23 July, 2019

DWP confirms that jobcentre customer service managers will have received specialist homelessness training by August 2019

Newly trained staff will be ‘instrumental in sharing best practice and building crucial links to local organisations’

23 July, 2019

DWP sets out commitment to support prisoners in joint partnership agreement with Ministry of Justice

Agreement specifies how DWP, prisons and probation services work together to provide employment and welfare support in custody and the community

23 July, 2019

Administering disability benefit mandatory reconsiderations and appeals cost almost £67 million in 2018/2019

New figures provided by Minister for Disabled People in response to question in parliament

22 July, 2019

MPs urge government to pass regulations for managed migration pilot and SDP transitional payments

Government needs to 'get on with giving disabled people the money they’re owed', says Work and Pensions Select Committee

22 July, 2019

Regulation-making powers for managed migration to universal credit brought into force

New statutory instrument

22 July, 2019

House of Lords says ‘prognosis is not good’ for EU Settlement Scheme causing injustice in future

EEA Nationals (Indefinite Leave to Remain) Bill receives second reading in House of Lords

19 July, 2019

Claimants facing 'unacceptable scale and range of difficulties' with universal credit mandatory reconsideration process

New CPAG report sets out wide range of problems including delays, gatekeeping and failure to provide mandatory reconsideration notices

19 July, 2019

National Audit Office qualifies HMRC's 2018/2019 accounts due to ‘material’ levels of error and fraud in tax credits

Comptroller and Auditor General also warns of continuing challenges for both HMRC and DWP from the transfer of claimants and £6.8 billion of tax credits debt to universal credit

19 July, 2019

Personal independence payment claims taking average of 14 weeks to process

Figures on median time between claim registration and decision for period from May 2018 to April 2019 provided by Minister for Disabled People

19 July, 2019

Introduction of Children’s Funeral Fund for England from 23 July 2019

New DWP guidance

19 July, 2019

Localised Council Tax Support Administration Subsidy Grant allocations for 2019/2020

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government letter sets out allocations for each local authority in England

18 July, 2019

Successful delivery of Courts and Tribunals Reform Programme is in doubt for sixth year running, Infrastructure and Projects Authority finds

Urgent action needed to address problems and assess whether resolution is feasible, government advised

18 July, 2019

DWP revises overstated figures for number of claimants awarded arrears following underpayment of ESA

Updated statistics show that number of cases paid arrears was 74,000 rather than the 88,000 reported in May 2019

18 July, 2019

Universal credit has a ‘wealth of problems’ that need ‘considerable effort and resource’ to put right

All Party Parliamentary Group sets out checklist of issues and recommendations for redesign to make universal credit start working for all claimants