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11 July, 2019

Scottish Government launches consultation on independent advocacy support for disabled benefit claimants

Subject to the consultation, it is planned that support will be in place for summer 2020 when disability assistance is delivered

11 July, 2019

More than half of local authorities spent less than their DHP central government allocation in 2018/2019

New spending data shows that 205 councils in England and Wales underspent DHP funding of more than £5.5 million in the year

10 July, 2019

Government says consideration of High Court's SDP judgment is holding up progress in tabling managed migration regulations

Parliamentary Under-Secretary says Department is 'considering the options open to us and will respond in due course'

10 July, 2019

DWP's Chief Digital Officer refutes allegation that Department tried to hide phone numbers in bid to make claimant contacts online only

Select Committee told that the Department would always provide alternative means of contact

9 July, 2019

DWP estimates that 10 per cent of universal credit advances are potentially fraudulent

'If you think you've been targeted, we urge you to report it urgently', says DWP Minister

9 July, 2019

Work and Pensions Committee questions DWP about BBC report on universal credit advances fraud

Letter from Committee Chair to DWP Permanent Secretary asks series of urgent questions including whether Department believes that level of fraud is as described in report

9 July, 2019

DWP introduces ‘light touch’ 10 year reviews for existing PIP claimants over state pension age

Work and Pensions Secretary says 'I want the benefit system to be a source of support for disabled people, not a source of worry'

9 July, 2019

DWP applied almost 100,000 civil penalties in year from July 2018 to June 2019

New figures supplied by Employment Minister in response to question in parliament

8 July, 2019

DWP sets out changes to design and availability of universal credit payments information in claimants’ online accounts

New edition of Touchbase highlights that a ‘payments’ section is now available on the home page of a claimant's online account as soon as a claim is made

8 July, 2019

DWP developing ‘estimated award tool’ to help claimants understand their potential universal credit award

Minister’s written answer advises that system improvement will also enable an indicative New Claim Advance value to be produced

8 July, 2019

DWP recognises link between changes to welfare and increased use of foodbanks, says Department for Communities Permanent Secretary

In evidence to Select Committees, Tracy Meharg says that 'what we are saying is that there is a link. There is an increase'

8 July, 2019

Amount which can be deducted from benefits towards child maintenance arrears to increase from £1.20 to £8.40 a week

New regulations also extend deductions for arrears to all of the benefits from which deductions can be made for ongoing maintenance

8 July, 2019

New data matching rule to be introduced to reduce duplication of housing benefit and universal credit housing costs payments

DWP issues guidance to local authorities

5 July, 2019

Government has 'wilfully missed the point' on universal credit managed migration tests

Response to report on managed migration 'wholly fails to address' calls for tests of readiness to be set before pilot begins, says Work and Pensions Committee

5 July, 2019

Urgent parliamentary question seeks clarification of DWP's policy for retaining and sharing documents relating to deaths of social security claimants

DWP response confirms it no longer has record of peer reviews and coroners' reports requested by or shared with WCA independent reviewers

4 July, 2019

12 per cent of mixed-age couples will have to wait ten or more additional years to claim pension credit under new benefit rules

New analysis from the IFS also finds that 70 per cent of couples have age differences that lead to two years or more additional wait

4 July, 2019

Almost two thirds of Youth Obligation participants who complete their 'journey' are going into work

DWP publishes new statistics on 'intensive support' provided to 18-21 year-olds making a claim for universal credit

4 July, 2019

More than 400,000 cases have been reviewed since start of review exercise following Upper Tribunal decisions relating to PIP mobility activity 1

DWP management information also says that 3,500 arrears payments have been made to qualifying claimants

3 July, 2019

IPPR calls on government to reverse benefit cuts and reform the ‘now toxic’ universal credit

New report puts forward alternative to austerity based on greater state investment in four social deficits, including the 'security deficit'