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3 December, 2019

Six month terminal illness benefit rule has ‘no clinical relevance’ and must be scrapped

New report from Marie Curie urges next UK Government to follow Scotland's lead to legislate for fast access to benefits for anyone diagnosed with a terminal illness

2 December, 2019

Guidance issued to employers confirms that Christmas wages paid early should be reported as though paid on the normal payday

Government advises that arrangements will 'help to protect your employees’ eligibility for universal credit'

2 December, 2019

Social Security benefit and pension up-rating for 2020/2021 announced

Minister places copy of proposed rates in the House libraries

2 December, 2019

Ceasing self-employment due to physical restraints of late stages of pregnancy and aftermath of childbirth

New DWP guidance

2 December, 2019

Department for Communities seeks to broaden existing DHP eligibility criteria in case mitigation package is not renewed beyond March 2020

However, additional provision would only be available for claimants in Northern Ireland affected by the social sector size criteria and the benefit cap

28 November, 2019

DWP received advance advice from ASA to remove claims from its universal credit adverts if they were not ‘a representative reflection’ of what happens in practice

To avoid being misleading, the ASA also advised that the adverts should include 'clear statements' that they were by the DWP

28 November, 2019

75 per cent of individuals referred to the Work and Health Programme have made a start on the Programme

New DWP statistics also show that 73 per cent of people starting on the Programme have a disability or health condition

28 November, 2019

Department for Communities provides further details of proposed relaxation of Universal Credit Contingency Fund eligibility rules

Requirement to have claimed an advance payment before applying to the Fund will no longer apply from 1 January 2020

28 November, 2019

Referral of the draft disability assistance regulations to the Scottish Commission on Social Security

New statutory instrument

27 November, 2019

Social security commitments in the Scottish National Party Manifesto 2019

Party highlights the planned introduction of the Scottish Child Payment and urges the UK Government to follow its lead

27 November, 2019

Less than a quarter of universal credit claimants in Northern Ireland are working

New statistics from the Department for Communities show that, of these, almost half have some conditionality applied

26 November, 2019

Voters face ‘stark choice’ about social security system they want, says Resolution Foundation

New report highlights 'clear dividing line' between Conservatives and THE other two main parties

26 November, 2019

Whether cash sickness benefits can be paid to a claimant habitually resident in another EEA country or Switzerland

New DWP guidance

26 November, 2019

Scottish local authorities made almost 100,000 DHP awards in first half of 2019/2020

Total value of awards exceeded £59 million and averaged £592

25 November, 2019

Labour Party announces details of proposed compensation package for women affected by state pension age equalisation

Payments of up to £31,000 will fulfil what the Shadow Chancellor describes as a ‘historic debt of honour’

25 November, 2019

Social security commitments in the Conservative Party Manifesto 2019

Party says it will 'do more to make sure that universal credit works for the most vulnerable'

22 November, 2019

Social security commitments in the Plaid Cymru 2019 election manifesto

Party promises to introduce new £35 a week payment for children in low income families

21 November, 2019

Social security commitments in the Labour Party 2019 election manifesto

New Department for Social Security will be there to help and support people, not 'punish and police' them