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28 March, 2019

DWP system for regulating service standards is not fit for purpose, EHRC says

Briefing note to Work and Pensions Committee recommends introduction of independent regulation so the Department can be held to account through external scrutiny

28 March, 2019

New National Statistics highlight increased poverty rates for household including children and disabled people

Figures published by the DWP show that rates of relative and absolute low income also increased for the overall population

28 March, 2019

Use of personalised language around cheating and fraud unhelpful in fostering mutual respect between claimants and the DWP

DWP-commissioned research suggests that the Department should consider highlighting its own responsibilities and commitment to helping people in financial need

28 March, 2019

‘Disappointing’ that the DWP still does not know ‘what works’ in supporting disabled people to work

New NAO report says that 'missed opportunities' over the years have left the Department with limited evidence to support its current efforts

27 March, 2019

No immediate changes to entitlement to public funds for EEA and Swiss nationals coming to UK in event of no deal Brexit

Joint announcement from Department for Exiting the European Union and DWP

27 March, 2019

Food bank use in Scotland almost twice as much as previously thought, Independent Food Aid Network finds

Charity estimates that independent food banks gave out nearly half a million food parcels between April 2017 and September 2018, broadly equivalent to Trussell Trust provision in the same period

26 March, 2019

DWP will never be able to engage effectively with ‘harder-to-help’ groups, says Demos

Thinktank puts forward a series of recommendations 'to loosen the DWP's grip on ill and disabled people'

26 March, 2019

Responses to range of questions asked of universal credit claimants in DWP satisfaction survey were not reported, Minister says

In particular, claimant experiences relating to managing the online account and DWP response times were not included

26 March, 2019

Immigration and Social Security Bill provides no guarantee to protect EU citizens' existing free movement and social security rights, MPs warn

Human Rights Committee proposes amendments to ensure protection and guarantees are written into the Bill itself rather than relying on government assurances

26 March, 2019

Increases in housing costs non-dependant deductions from April 2019

New DWP guidance

26 March, 2019

Benefit uprating in Northern Ireland 2019/2020

New statutory rules

26 March, 2019

Uprating of mesothelioma lump sum payments in Northern Ireland from April 2019

New statutory rule

25 March, 2019

Mental health organisations call for removal of ‘harmful’ benefit sanctions

Consensus statement says 'no one with a mental health condition should ever be mandated to look for work'

25 March, 2019

Amendment of best start grant provisions relating to applications, decision-making and entitlement

New statutory instrument

25 March, 2019

New burdens payments for local authorities relating to administration of housing benefit fraud referrals

New DWP guidance

22 March, 2019

Scottish Government needs to implement 'much more radical' changes to social security if it is to meet child poverty targets, says Resolution Foundation

New analysis, based on current tax and benefit policies, predicts Scottish child poverty rate of 29 per cent by 2023/2024, more than 10 per cent above target

22 March, 2019

Universal credit uprating and social security contribution rates for 2019/2020

New DWP guidance