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9 May, 2022

DWP confirms rollout of ‘managed migration’ of legacy benefit claimants to universal credit to begin in Bolton and Medway

Department also issues new guidance that advises those who receive a Migration Notice that 'some of your existing benefits will be ending' and that 'to continue receiving financial support you must claim universal credit'

9 May, 2022

Government urged to increase benefit rates, as proportion of households cutting back on food or missing meals altogether jumps by 57 per cent in just three months

New Food Foundation data also highlights almost 7 million adults had smaller meals than usual last month or skipped meals because they couldn't afford or get access to food

9 May, 2022

DWP addresses confusion about when a new claim for housing benefit or pension credit can be made by a mixed-age couple

Department issues new guidance to local authorities in relation to policy that came into force from May 2019

5 May, 2022

DWP commissions review of measures used to assess material deprivation

To be carried out by the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, research will look at which items and activities are considered to be necessities for an acceptable standard of living in the UK today

5 May, 2022

DWP provides further details of what it expects from local authorities participating in the Housing Benefit Award Accuracy Initiative in 2022/2023

New housing benefit circular advises that participating councils will receive additional funding to undertake anti-fraud and error activities including 'Full Case Reviews' and 'Self-employed Earnings Reviews'

4 May, 2022

DWP engaging with ‘potential delivery partners’ to help it consider its strategy for providing support to universal credit claimants during 2023/2024

Key considerations include the delivery model, the channels for support, and whether funding should be via a grant or a commercial contract

4 May, 2022

DWP outlines plans to further develop its online services and claims processes for retirement, bereavement and care needs

Contract notice seeks digital suppliers to support delivery of outcomes including full automation of online pension credit applications and the introduction of online change of circumstances facilities

3 May, 2022

DWP issues updated guidance to local authorities in England on the Household Support Fund from April to September 2022

Update confirms that councils are expected to spend at least a third of the extension funding on families with children and at least another third on pensioner households

3 May, 2022 Open access

Scottish self-isolation support grant reduced from £500 to £225 from 1 May 2022

Updated Scottish Government guidance confirms that value of grant has been changed to reflect revised public health guidance

3 May, 2022

Social security commitments in the 2022 manifestos of the Northern Ireland political parties

Election round-up

29 April, 2022

Welfare mitigation payments for those in Northern Ireland affected by the bedroom tax put back on a statutory footing with passing of new legislation

Welfare Supplementary Payments (Amendment) Bill receives Royal Assent

29 April, 2022

DWP universal credit advertising campaign that was criticised by the Advertising Standards Authority ‘achieved its objectives’, says Minister

High profile Metro partnership was a key element of the Department’s strategy to tackle negative perceptions and misinformation, and it went to 'great lengths' to ensure factual accuracy

29 April, 2022

Disregarding local welfare provision in the calculation of capital for universal credit purposes

New DWP guidance

29 April, 2022

DWP confirms 2022/2023 funding allocations for local authorities participating in Housing Benefit Award Accuracy Initiative

New HB Circular sets out allocation of almost £11.5 million in funding by local authority

28 April, 2022

Government welcomes Royal Assent for the Judicial Review and Courts Bill

Measures deliver on manifesto commitment to ensure courts are not 'open to abuse and delay' and provide 'much needed flexibility' on the outcome of judicial reviews

28 April, 2022

One in three universal credit claimants had more than one day in the last month where they didn’t eat at all or had only one meal

Warning that it is witnessing an 'accelerating crisis across the UK', Trussell Trust calls on the government to increase benefits by at least 7 per cent

28 April, 2022

Commencement of provisions that enable Scottish Ministers to authorise current and former judges of certain courts and tribunals to assist in the disposal of tribunal business

New statutory instrument

28 April, 2022 Open access

Disregarding local welfare provision as income or capital for the purposes of means-tested benefits in Northern Ireland

New statutory rule ensures that payments made under the Homes for Ukraine scheme will not affect a sponsor's benefit entitlement

27 April, 2022

Upper Tribunal Administrative Appeals Chamber President issues guidance on new system for filing documents electronically

CE-File online system also incorporates a database that enables Tribunal users to access their cases