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19 March, 2021 Open access

PCS says that it will oppose DWP’s decision to resume normal jobcentre opening hours from 12 April 2021 ‘by any means necessary’

Responding to DWP's announcement today, Union highlights potential risks to members in increasing claimant activity within jobcentres while Covid-19 pandemic is 'far from over'

19 March, 2021 Open access

Extension of universal credit uplift and suspension of minimum income floor in Northern Ireland

New statutory rule

18 March, 2021

Government publishes plans to reform the judicial review process despite its own review panel urging it to think long and hard before seeking to curtail the judiciary’s powers

Essential reforms will defend the judiciary from being drawn into political questions and preserve the integrity of judicial review for its intended purpose, says Lord Chancellor

18 March, 2021

DWP issues new guidance on the effect of the Court of Appeal’s decision in the Fratila case

HB Circular provides advice to decision-makers pending the Secretary of State's appeal against the judgment being heard by the Supreme Court

18 March, 2021

Local authorities to receive almost £750,000 to make changes to benefit forms, leaflets and websites as a result of changes to personal allowances for people who reach state pension age on or after 1 April 2021

'New Burdens' funding designed to support the costs of implementing changes being made by the Housing Benefit (Persons who have attained the qualifying age for state pension credit) (Amendment) Regulations 2021

17 March, 2021

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Communities confirms there will be no cut to advice sector funding in 2021/2022

Commitment set out by Minister in response to MLA's concerns that review of welfare mitigation measures has not yet been completed

17 March, 2021 Open access

Scottish Social Security Committee expresses ‘considerable concern’ about significant number of people unable to access social security support during Covid pandemic

Report on how social security can aid Scotland’s recovery from Covid-19 calls on UK and Scottish Governments to explore feasibility of a Citizens Basic Income as one way to widen support

17 March, 2021

Scottish Parliament votes in favour of United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill becoming law

Landmark Bill is 'the most significant piece of legislation since devolution, delivering a revolution in children’s rights', says Deputy First Minister

17 March, 2021

Scottish Government report outlines link between universal credit and homelessness

Focusing on sanctions and five-week wait for payment, report highlights increase in homelessness in Scotland since universal credit introduced in 2015

17 March, 2021

Extension of period for which assignment to the Social Security Chamber of a president who is also the president of another chamber of the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland is permitted

New statutory instrument extends period to 31 March 2024

16 March, 2021 Open access

New regulations issued to provide for the £20 a week universal credit ‘uplift’ to continue to be paid for a further 6 months

New statutory instrument also provides for extension of measures relating to the minimum income floor that had been due to expire on 30 April 2021

16 March, 2021

Number of planned PIP reviews cleared in three months to January 2021 exceeded figure for same quarter a year ago

New DWP statistics also show that aspects of claimant-initiated activity are also exceeding pre-pandemic levels, however numbers of mandatory reconsiderations are 75 per cent lower than in previous year

16 March, 2021

Department of Justice in Northern Ireland publishes plan for modernisation of courts and tribunals

New document sets out vision for 'modern, innovative, collaborative and responsive 21st Century courts and tribunals system'

16 March, 2021

Social security benefits uprating 2021/2022

New statutory instrument

16 March, 2021

Amendments in consequence of the Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2021

New statutory instrument includes provision to increase the personal expenses allowance for those in certain accommodation and to maintain the earnings limit for carer's allowance at £128 per week

16 March, 2021 Open access

Extension of period that carer’s allowance claimants in Scotland can be treated as engaged in caring during temporary breaks due to Covid-19

New statutory instrument

16 March, 2021 Open access

DWP confirms allocation of £20 million additional housing benefit administration subsidy to local authorities for 2020/2021

New guidance advises that one-off payment is being made to reflect the additional work undertaken to maintain housing benefit services during the Covid-19 pandemic

15 March, 2021

DWP building new system of ‘claimant profiles’ to record information about claimant vulnerabilities

System will enable information to be drawn out on a national level to help inform policy discussion says Senior Responsible Owner of Universal Credit

15 March, 2021 Open access

Fact that the £20 uplift to universal credit came in at all shows that ‘it was not enough to live on in the first place’, Scottish Cabinet Secretary tells MPs

Shirley-Anne Somerville adds that the planned removal of the uplift in six months time will wipe out the benefit of Scottish Child Payment for a family with two children