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11 November, 2020

Secretary of State made ‘urgent’ amending regulations restricting disabled students’ entitlement to universal credit to reverse effects of judicial review claim she had just conceded

Garden Court North Chambers highlights that the explanatory memorandum to the regulations indicates that the changes were made merely to 'clarify' the legislation, and failed to mention the challenge to their interpretation

11 November, 2020

Restricting access to a new or enhanced award of the PIP mobility component in Northern Ireland for claimants over state pension age where their award is superseded on grounds of medical evidence alone

New statutory rule corrects a lacuna in the 2013 personal independence payment regulations so as to restore policy intent

11 November, 2020 Open access

Claimants who fail to attend a telephone work capability assessment will be ‘given the opportunity’ to explain their reasons

Work and Pensions Minister adds that, if good cause is provided and accepted, then support will continue

10 November, 2020 Open access

Number of people on universal credit has increased by more than 90 per cent since beginning of coronavirus pandemic

New statistics also show that claims made during pandemic account for more than a third of total claims for universal credit since its introduction

10 November, 2020

Universal credit advances are ‘actual grants’, Secretary of State tells House of Commons

Benefit that is 'given out' every month to recipients is a grant, and the advances are simply an early payment of that grant, says Dr Coffey

10 November, 2020 Open access

More than 36,000 universal credit claimants had a sanction deduction during the first full month of the coronavirus lockdown

While new DWP statistics also highlight that the number of claimants subject to deductions has since fallen, more than 12,600 were still having their benefit reduced in August 2020

10 November, 2020

Restricting access to a new or enhanced award of the PIP mobility component for claimants over state pension age where their award is superseded on grounds of medical evidence alone

New statutory instrument corrects a lacuna in the 2013 personal independence payment regulations so as to restore policy intent

9 November, 2020 Open access

Government announces £170 million Winter Grant Scheme to support vulnerable households in England during the COVID-19 pandemic

Work and Pensions Secretary says 'we want to make sure vulnerable people feel cared for throughout this difficult time'

9 November, 2020 Open access

Jobcentres to remain open across Great Britain during England’s four-week national lockdown

Updated jobcentre guidance advises that work coaches will continue to support claimants online and over the phone but also in person if people need extra support and are unable to interact on the phone or digitally

9 November, 2020

DWP ‘working to identify’ online solution to verify identity of those applying for National Insurance number who have not been processed through Home Office visa application process

Minister's written parliamentary answer outlines that work will be carried out in the next financial year

6 November, 2020 Open access

DWP’s conditionality and sanctions policies continue to be tailored ‘in light of the ongoing public health situation’, says Employment Minister

Written parliamentary answer confirms that guidance also takes account of the 'national working environment' and the claimant's health condition in ensuring any requirements are reasonable

6 November, 2020

DWP announces that Video Relay Service is now available across all its service lines

Department confirms extension of service that allows British Sign Language interpreted calls to be made using video connection without booking in advance

6 November, 2020

Department for Communities in Northern Ireland publishes new five year strategy for 2020-2025

Strategy includes pledge to reduce number of citizens who are living in poverty through measures including development of an anti-poverty strategy and provision of 'modern and progressive' social security

5 November, 2020 Open access

Only around 2,200 of the 15,000 work coaches employed by the Department in October 2020 were newly recruited in that month

New figures confirmed by DWP Minister are less than half the number of new recruits that the Work and Pensions Secretary had said would be in post by October 2020

5 November, 2020

Extending deadline for applications to EU Settlement Scheme to 30 June 2021, and ensuring that specified individuals retain current entitlement to benefits and public services in period from end of Brexit transition period to that date

New statutory instrument

5 November, 2020

Introduction of Scottish Child Payment and appeal rights relating to it

New statutory instruments

5 November, 2020

Introduction of Child Winter Heating Assistance in Scotland from 9 November 2020

New statutory instrument

5 November, 2020

Delayed Social Fund annual report for 2018/2019 shows recoveries of discretionary social fund payments continued to exceed loan payments by more than £80 million

DWP also reports that less than half of budgeting loan and funeral expenses payment claims were cleared within target times