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19 May, 2022

Government announces new ‘Fighting Fraud’ initiative that includes plans to give DWP staff powers to make arrests and carry out ‘search and seizure’

DWP says that a 'step change' is needed in its approach, despite having brought fraud and error close to near record lows before Covid-19, and having 'one of the most robust counter-fraud functions' in government

19 May, 2022

DWP to trial offer of ‘additional work coach support’ to claimants awaiting a work capability assessment

Trial will enable claimants with health conditions 'to access employment and wider skills support, and our employment programmes earlier', says Minister

19 May, 2022

Miscellaneous amendments to tax credits and child benefit provisions

New statutory instrument includes changes to make notification of appropriate bank or other account an entitlement condition for child benefit

19 May, 2022

Scotland’s Auditor General praises successful launch of new devolved social security benefits through the pandemic but warns that ‘a huge amount of work remains’

New report recommends that Scottish government now needs to plan for risks including large rises in cases as benefits continue to be rolled out, and an estimated £760 million annual overspend by 2026/2027 compared to Scotland’s block grant allocation

18 May, 2022

Claimants who miss the deadline for applying for universal credit during the managed migration ‘discovery phase’ will be given a minimum one-month extension

Work and Pensions Secretary confirms that DWP will not stop legacy benefits in that time and will undertake ‘proactive engagement’ with claimants to understand why they have not claimed

18 May, 2022

While CPI inflation rose to 9 per cent in April 2022, the poorest households experienced a rate of inflation close to 11 per cent, says IFS

However, in response to calls for mid-year benefit uprating, Chancellor says he can't act on universal credit because the government 'wants to make sure that support gets to everyone'

18 May, 2022

More than 3,000 children and young people awarded child disability payment in Scotland since its launch in July 2021

New figures also show that almost three-quarters of applications made online and that amount awarded since introduction of new benefit exceeds £3.25 million

17 May, 2022

Universal credit sanction rate now higher than pre-pandemic position

New DWP statistics also show that more than 38,000 adverse universal credit sanctions decisions were made in January 2022, the highest number across the whole statistical timeseries

17 May, 2022

Number of universal credit claimants in the ‘no work requirements’ conditionality group exceeds those required to search for work for the first time in the nine years since the benefit was launched

DWP says that migration of legacy benefit claimants to universal credit and the easing of Covid-19 restrictions on the economy have influenced the changes in conditionality group numbers

13 May, 2022

APPG on Ending the Need for Food Banks launches inquiry on how to tackle the growing need for emergency food parcels

Parliamentarians particularly keen to hear from people with lived experience of needing to use food banks and will report their findings and recommendations 'later this year'

12 May, 2022

Work and Pensions Minister welcomes completion of programme to open almost 200 temporary Jobcentres across Great Britain

'Expansion' of estate follows closure of more than 100 permanent Jobcentres between 2016 and 2018

12 May, 2022

Enabling First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal in Scotland to give direction prohibiting disclosure of document or information where disclosure would cause serious harm

New statutory instrument

12 May, 2022

Correction of drafting errors in regulations that made consequential amendments to social security legislation relating to introduction of adult disability payment in Scotland

New statutory instrument

11 May, 2022

Correction of minor errors and omissions in Scottish ‘working age’ council tax reduction regulations

New statutory instrument

11 May, 2022

President of the Scottish Tribunals appoints a new temporary President of the Social Security Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland

Andrew Veitch replaces current Chamber President Anne Scott to take up a three year assignment from 30 May 2022

10 May, 2022

Government sets out plan for Bill to reform terminal illness provisions for claimants of disability benefits

Main focus of the Bill included in today's Queen’s Speech will be to extend the period within which death needs to reasonably be expected from six months to 12 months

10 May, 2022

Queen’s Speech confirms government plan for a new Bill of Rights to ‘end the abuse of the human rights framework and restore some common sense to our justice system’

Main elements of Bill include establishing primacy of UK case law, and ensuring that courts 'can no longer alter legislation contrary to its ordinary meaning'

10 May, 2022

EU Rights and Brexit Hub issues memo to Work and Pensions Committee on error in DWP guidance relating to rights of EU nationals with pre-settled status

Memo highlights failure to implement CJEU judgment that held that DWP must consider risk of violating an EEA national’s rights under EU Charter of Fundamental Rights before refusing application for universal credit