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9 October, 2019

Amendments to social security legislation to give effect to agreements between UK and Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway on citizens’ rights following the UK’s exit from the EU

New statutory instruments

8 October, 2019

DWP proactively seeking further evidence at mandatory reconsideration stage in all PIP and WCA cases

Minister for Disabled People tells parliament that improvement to process follows successful pilot carried out over the summer

8 October, 2019

Charities call for first payment of universal credit to be made before claimants are required to agree claimant commitment

Responding to call for evidence by the SSAC, organisations also recommend a formal right of appeal against the commitment

8 October, 2019

DWP allocates additional funding for universal credit home visiting service

Minister for Welfare Delivery tells parliament that funds for service will rise to just under £2 million in 2019/2020 and to more than £5.5 million by 2023/2024

7 October, 2019

Managed migration regulations drawn to ‘special attention’ of both Houses for DWP’s ‘unjustifiable’ delay in laying them

Committee of MPs and Peers also highlight that former Work and Pensions Secretary did not receive advice from it on proceeding to lay regulations without debate

7 October, 2019

Evidence required for free school meal applications from universal credit claimants

DWP issues new guidance to local authorities in respect of claimants in England and Wales

4 October, 2019

Families on housing benefits are priced out of almost all rented homes in Great Britain

Bureau of Investigative Journalism presents findings based on analysis of more than 62,000 two-bed rental properties

4 October, 2019

Immediate UK Government action needed to mitigate effect of ‘no deal’ Brexit on people with low incomes, says Scottish Government

Letter to Work and Pensions Secretary calls for range of actions including reduction of universal credit waiting period, reversal of two-child limit and removal of benefit cap

4 October, 2019

Scottish Government sets out Scottish Child Payment eligibility and payment rules

Social Security Secretary also confirms that draft regulations have been sent to the Scottish Commission on Social Security for scrutiny

3 October, 2019

Government confirms it is currently investigating 107 ‘third party individuals’ in relation to fraudulent universal credit claims

Minister adds that one third party has been successfully prosecuted and a number of other cases are 'at an advanced stage of investigation'

3 October, 2019

More than £37 million has been paid to claimants previously entitled to an SDP who lost out on migration to universal credit

DWP Minister confirms that almost 14,000 claimants have been made lump sum payments worth an average of £2,280

3 October, 2019

Scottish Child Payment should have three month notice period before it is withdrawn, says JRF and IPPR Scotland

New briefing also recommends fortnightly payments with a choice of frequency being developed over time

2 October, 2019

Justice charity calls for government to collect data on digital court users’ vulnerabilities to help prevent exclusion

New report from the Legal Education Foundation sets out blueprint for putting access to justice at heart of HMCTS reform programme

2 October, 2019

Inadequate and insecure incomes from work and social security are the key triggers of food insecurity

New report from A Menu for Change calls on UK Government to improve the income families receive through social security and eliminate measures that create shocks in income

2 October, 2019

Government sets out steps it is taking to improve Gov.UK Verify for universal credit claimants

Response to Public Accounts Committee report says changes made so far to the design and content of service have made ‘customer journey’ clearer

1 October, 2019

Conservative government will ‘continue to improve’ universal credit, says Work and Pensions Secretary

System provides a safeguard for the most vulnerable and support for those who are not content to live a life on welfare, says Therese Coffey

1 October, 2019

DWP confirms process for verifying EU nationals’ settled status and pre-settled status

Minister for Disabled People tells parliament that claimants can present notification of status which will then be verified by Home Office

1 October, 2019

New DWP guidance for refugees confirms that benefit claims can be made without a national insurance number

Refugees advised that, where national insurance number not set out on Biometric Residency Permit, DWP will apply for it on their behalf