Recent news archive

Check back on news items and training updates you missed first time around.

October 2020

New £500 self isolation payments; ESA appeals before mandatory reconsideration; Identifying PIP claimants who need social support; End of lockdown Working Tax Credit payments; Changes to Severe Disability Premium payments; Here come the JETS

September 2020

Trial payments for self isolation; New UC law affects students with disabiltiies; Access to Work scheme extended for COVID-19; Government chooice of SSAC chair questioned by Work & Pensions Committee; Rapid review of post-lockdown social security changes

August 2020

Amendments finally made to DWP's safeguarding policy; Returning to the new normal; PIP & WCA contracts extended; DWP to cover berearvement costs for co-habiting couples; Requirement for mandatory reconsideration is unlawful; The last word on appeal?

July 2020

Return to conditionality as jobcentres reopen; Changes ahead on UC treatment of earnings; Changes to SSP rules on shielding; Legacy benefits run-on from 22/7; Appeals down but success rates up; UC auto reclaim regulations


June 2020

Widespread calls to remove benefit cap; Smoothing the rough edges of COVID-19 response; SSP for self isolators; Tax credits regulations amended; No recourse to public funds; Pre-appeal PIP awards under pressure

May 2020

More COVID-19 benefits changes; Extension of Help to Claim; New Shadow Work & Pensions team; Don't Call Them, They'll Call You; Benefits Question Time webinar

April 2020

How COVID-19 is affecting the benefits system - including webinar on Universal Credit & the coronavirus; Statutory Sick Pay / ESA; disabiltiy benefits; tribunal decisions; furloughed employees; self-employed; Local Housing Allowance; Working Tax Credits

March 2020

Abject failure of DWP over claimant deaths; Self isolation for benefits claimants; Poorest become poorer; UC run-on for claimants approaching State Pension age; Surplus earnings threshold; End of free movement; 2019/20 W&P Select Committee new members

February 2020

Cohabitees right to bereavement support; Losing UC on a leap year; What's mine is yours: cohabitees and UC;  Stephen Timms is new Select Committee chair; Lucky for some: 13 managed migrations; New UC tickbox on prescriptions

January 2020

Over 75% PIP & ESA appeals are sucessful; More legal powers for ministers?; LHAs set to rise in April; Manage Your Appeal online

News before 2020

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