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17 April, 2024

Motion agreed calling for NI Minister for Communities to consider proposal to offset the two-child limit by introducing a better start larger families payment

In response, Gordon Lyons says that he does not 'support or defend the two-child limit in any way', and should be in a position to produce a report on the proposal before the end of the calendar year, if not sooner

16 April, 2024

DWP confirms it will be laying regulations to further raise the administrative earnings threshold ‘in the coming weeks’

Issuing a written statement, Minister adds that individuals affected by the change will be contacted by the Department through their universal credit journal and will have their claimant commitments reviewed

15 April, 2024

Policy makers need to adapt universal credit ‘to tackle Britain’s new challenge of long-term sickness’, Resolution Foundation says

Reform was designed to meet the problem of high unemployment in the 2010s, and did not anticipate there being more than two million claimants with poor health or disabilities who are among the biggest losers in the move to the new benefit

15 April, 2024

ICO orders DWP to publish ‘Move to Universal Credit’ readiness and scaling assessments for managed migration

Finding there is a 'significant and weighty' public interest in understanding and being able to scrutinise the policy, Commissioner orders Department to publish requested information within 35 days

15 April, 2024

Mims Davies appointed as Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work

Promotion means that there is once again a dedicated Minister of State for Disability following redeployment of previous role holder in December 2023

12 April, 2024

Allocation of additional funding to local authorities to support the costs of implementing welfare reform changes in 2024/2025

New Housing Benefit Circular confirms details of almost £24 million being provided to meet 'New Burdens' incurred by councils

11 April, 2024

New research exposes ‘devastating impact’ of funding gaps for third sector organisations that provide employment support to those furthest from the labour market

With both Conservative and Labour having expressed their desire to support disabled people into work, academics highlight that politicians need to work out what role they envisage the sector having in contributing to the policy

11 April, 2024

War pensions uprating for 2024/2025

New DWP guidance

10 April, 2024

DWP confirms plans for ‘enhanced support customer journey’ for claimants who require additional help with managed migration

Households in the current Move to UC cohort in receipt of ESA will have additional contact, while system checks will be carried out to identify additional support needs for households receiving income support

10 April, 2024

Work and Pensions Secretary and CPS welcome convictions in ‘largest ever benefit fraud case’

Five defendants plead guilty to charges relating to creation of fabricated universal credit claims worth almost £54 million

10 April, 2024

PCS says DWP refuses to engage with it about mental health crisis in the Department

Union's request for meeting with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and the DWP Permanent Secretary was rejected despite publication of 'damning' evidence of the problem

10 April, 2024

Uprating of housing cost contributions, work allowances and transitional SDP element in universal credit in 2024/2025

New DWP guidance also confirms increase in the additional amount of transitional SDP element introduced in response to High Court's January 2022 judgment TP and AR No.3

9 April, 2024

Government confirms expansion of Move to UC with 500,000 more claimants to be sent migration notices

DWP Minister says that, with even more people moving to universal credit, the Department can continue to provide the best level of support for people to secure financial independence through work

9 April, 2024

Carers UK calls for wholescale reform of carer’s allowance and other benefits for carers

Responding to reports in the media of claimants being pursued for large overpayments, charity highlights that people should not be punished for misinterpreting 'complicated and harsh' earnings rules

9 April, 2024

Government needs to stop treating disabled people as the problem in addressing disability employment gap

Responding to Select Committee consultation, Disability Rights UK calls on government to focus on dismantling barriers rather than forcing disabled people into unsafe, unsustainable and exploitative work

9 April, 2024

Uprating of non-dependant deductions and care home residents’ personal expenses allowance in the calculation of income support, JSA, ESA and state pension credit

New DWP guidance also confirms increase in national insurance lower and upper earnings limits

8 April, 2024

End Child Poverty Coalition renews call to abolish ‘cruel’ two-child limit

Highlighting that every parliamentary constituency is now blighted by the impact of the policy, ECPC chair says scrapping it should be the top priority for every political party

8 April, 2024

All disabled children and young people in Scotland who receive disability benefits now paid directly from Social Security Scotland as move to child disability payment completes

Scottish Government confirms that around 76,000 children and young people are now in receipt of CDP of which 47,000 have transferred from DLA

5 April, 2024

DWP confirms increase in universal credit Administrative Earnings Threshold levels from 1 April 2024

Update to guidance on earnings sets out monthly rates of £743 for single claimants and £1,189 for couples