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14 March, 2024

Seven in ten PIP appeals cleared at a tribunal hearing are overturned in favour of the claimant

However, new Ministry of Justice statistics also highlight that overturn rates vary by benefit and fall to less than a five in ten success rate for employment and support allowance

14 March, 2024

Welsh Government launches consultation on proposed changes to its council tax reduction scheme

Views sought on proposals designed to simplify the application process and reduce the administrative complexity of the scheme

14 March, 2024

Annual revaluation of earnings factors used for the calculation of additional state pension and guaranteed minimum pension in Northern Ireland

New statutory rule

13 March, 2024

Social Security Scotland among public bodies made subject to duty to improve the extent to which consumers are considered in strategic policy and decision-making

New statutory instrument

12 March, 2024

Nothing in DWP’s research suggests that a lack of understanding or inbuilt systemic barriers are causing tax credit claimants not to claim universal credit when asked to do so

However, Select Committee hears evidence that the Department plans to carry out further survey work in April 2024 to try and question everybody who hasn't claimed

12 March, 2024

Uprating of pneumoconiosis lump sum payments in Northern Ireland from April 2024

New statutory rule

12 March, 2024

Around one in five children in Northern Ireland are living in poverty, with minimal reduction in levels over last eight years

Northern Ireland Audit Office assessment of Executive's child poverty strategy finds that lack of joined-up working and timely data have contributed to lack of progress in child poverty indicators

11 March, 2024

DWP confirms £38m investment for Citizens Advice and Citizens Advice Scotland to continue to deliver Help to Claim service

However, support will continue to be provided through telephony and digital channels only, with those unable to access support via these channels advised to go to their local jobcentre

11 March, 2024

Miscellaneous amendments to social security legislation including in relation to the ongoing migration of legacy benefit claimants to universal credit

New statutory instrument also adds requirement that a person must be allocated a national insurance number before a universal credit advance payment can be made to them

11 March, 2024

ICO upholds complaint against the DWP in relation to media reports that appeared to be aimed at ‘stirring up hostility’ towards disabled people claiming benefit

Finding that there is a legitimate public interest in understanding the relationship between government ministers and the media, Commissioner orders the Department to issue a fresh response to FOI request

11 March, 2024

National rollout of secure email process for local authorities to share care home admissions and funding information with DWP to start from June 2024

New guidance to local authorities advises that Department will take a phased approach and expects the new IT solution to be available nationally by the end of March 2025

11 March, 2024

DWP received just 20 complaints about universal credit migration process in the nine months to December 2023

Department says that around a quarter of complaints were upheld or partially upheld on the basis that the service provided was below the standard expected

7 March, 2024

Work and Pensions Committee launches inquiry to examine whether responsibility for employment support should be devolved to local areas

Work follows up on 2023 report that highlighted how devolution might make the most of local knowledge and expertise, and better tailor help to the individual and help meet local needs

7 March, 2024

Ensuring that uprating of guardian’s allowance for 2024/2025 does not apply where the claimant is living abroad

New statutory instrument also prevents increases applying where there is an unresolved question in relation to uprating

7 March, 2024

Annual revaluation of earnings factors used for the calculation of additional state pension and guaranteed minimum pension

New statutory instrument

6 March, 2024

Budget 2024: Household Support Fund to be extended for six months to September 2024

Chancellor announces funding of £500 million 'to help the most vulnerable with the cost of essentials'

6 March, 2024

Budget 2024: Maximum repayment period for universal credit budgeting advances to be increased from 12 to 24 months

Chancellor says that extension of repayment period from December 2024 will make loans more affordable for around one million claimants

6 March, 2024

Budget 2024: Government commits to assessing the high income child benefit charge on household rather than individual income by April 2026

Ahead of the policy change, the earnings threshold that triggers the charge will be increased from £50,000 to £60,000 from April 2024