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10 July, 2020

Data sharing exercise in Scotland identifies potential housing benefit overpayments of almost £3 million

New National Fraud Initiative report from Audit Scotland presents the results of an exercise carried out across more than 120 public bodies in Scotland

9 July, 2020

Government anounces that current contracts for PIP and work capability assessments are to be extended for up to two years

DWP Minister says that the Department has had to review its commercial approach to the creation of a single, integrated health assessment service as a result of COVID-19

9 July, 2020

Successful delivery of the DWP’s Health Transformation Programme ‘appears to be unachievable’

Programme to integrate the services that deliver personal independence payment and work capability assessments given a red 'Delivery Confidence Assessment' rating by the Infrastructure and Projects Authority

9 July, 2020

Calculation of the earnings threshold for the purpose of the benefit cap grace period in universal credit

New DWP guidance

9 July, 2020 Open access

Habitual residence test should be suspended in light of the mass redundancies and severe economic hardship resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic

Failing to act will exacerbate the human cost of the crisis, and is at odds with the chancellor's commitment to do 'whatever it takes' in the wake of the pandemic, says IPPR

9 July, 2020

Disregarding charitable and extra-statutory payments for the purposes of assessing entitlement to means-tested benefits

New DWP guidance

8 July, 2020 Open access

Government announces £1 billion investment in the DWP to ‘support millions of people back to work’

Chancellor sets out new measures in a 'Plan for Jobs', designed to help secure the UK's economic recovery from coronavirus

7 July, 2020 Open access

Government confirms plan to double the number of work coaches in jobcentres by March 2021

Work and Pensions Secretary says central pillar of 'plan for recovery and revival' will see the 'ramping up' of jobcentre capability

7 July, 2020 Open access

Government says that some employers are reporting earnings incorrectly as a result of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

DWP is working closely with HMRC on the issue who have re-enforced guidance and are contacting employers on cases identified, reports Work and Pensions Minister

7 July, 2020

Further regulations issued to give effect to reciprocal arrangements between Great Britain and Northern Ireland in relation to universal credit

New statutory rule in Northern Ireland

7 July, 2020

Expenditure on budgeting loans fell by £66 million last year, according to the Social Fund Account for 2019/2020

Decline in expenditure follows reduction in applications as a result of increasing numbers of people on universal credit who are not eligible for budgeting loans

6 July, 2020 Open access

DWP to recommence recovery of benefit related overpayments and social fund loans

People will be notified by letter or universal credit journal entries, though can request a deferral if they are experiencing 'real financial hardship'

6 July, 2020 Open access

Government announces that ‘review and renewal activity’ is to resume for PIP and DLA

However, DWP confirms that the suspension of face-to-face assessments for health and disability benefits is to continue following consideration of the latest public health guidance

6 July, 2020

Access to income-related benefits for family members of people of Northern Ireland

New statutory instrument

6 July, 2020

Karen Buck appointed as Shadow Work and Pensions Minister

MP for Westminster North replaces Kate Green in Labour's DWP team

3 July, 2020

Secretary of State confirms that DWP will not publish outcome of internal review of investigation processes relating to deaths of vulnerable claimants

Work and Pensions Committee Chair comments that DWP is still 'too wedded to secrecy' and that, without transparency, there is little hope of claimants 'having confidence that it has really learned the lessons of the past'

3 July, 2020 Open access

Ensuring that people who are shielding due to coronavirus are still entitled to SSP if they meet up with people outside their household

New statutory instruments

3 July, 2020 Open access

DWP confirms that, as lockdown measures are lifted, no sanctions will be used until claimants have an up-to-date claimant commitment

In addition, DWP says that those 'who are shielding, have childcare responsibilities because of COVID restrictions, etc' will not be asked to do anything unreasonable