News archive

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

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

December 2019

N Ireland forced to make urgent welfare plans; Busiest month for food banks; Employers should pay first, report later; Benefits uprating 2020/21; LAs urged to respond to SDP gateway enquiries; Social security & the General Election; UC ads 'misleading'; Government should restore LHAs

November 2019

Problems with the Severe Disability Premium gateway; Coffey wants to speed up managed migration; Claiming UC & other benefits as a refugee; New PIP reassessments of 'managing therapy'; Still no bereavement support for co-habitees; Responses to consultation on Claimant Commitment;  Local councils call for welfare shake-up

October 2019

How does a no-deal Brexit affect benefits; Britons abroad reassured; Conference claims & commitments; Jobcentres to open at weekends?; Benefits claimants can afford 1 in 20 similar rents; 73% success of PIP appeals raises questions

September 2019

Further changes to reporting UC childcare costs; Managed migration pilot reveals more cracks; Compensation paid to SDP claimants; UC assessment period remains while case continues; £40m for in private DHPs in spending round


July/August 2019

BBC uncovers widescale Universal Credit scam; Introduction of Children's Funeral Fund; Disabled people benefit from May's departure; More time needed for refugees on UC; Help to Claim date is not start date; No more reassessments for older PIP claimants

June 2019

Updates & exceptions for mixed age couples;  57% UC claims include deductions; UN's damning report on extreme UK poverty; Phasing out of unnecessary reassessments; Concerns around start date of UC claim

May 2019

Benefits changes for EU nationals without settled status; DWP to recover £150m Carers' Allowance overpayments; 1.9m will lose £1K+ in UC; Become an appointee for someone who claims benefits; Update on ESA underpayments; Benefits, human rights & digital technology


April 2019

Compensation for wrongly advised UC migrations; Launch of Help to Claim; Consultation on the Claimant Commitment; Mandatory Reconsiderations taking more time; Follow up inquiry into in-work progression; Fast track UC claims for refugees?

March 2019

UC managed migration pilot in North Yorkshire; Severe conditions criteria & ESA reassessments; Rewards for best claimants?; PIP & ESA assessments to merge; UC staff on strike; Evidence of unnecessary migrations to UC; Easing of DV conditionality?; Impact of welfare reforms

February 2019

UC natural migration causing havoc; Benefits system prepares for a no-deal Brexit; Local DHP allocations; Online benefits appeals; Implicit consent in UC?; 53 week year rent payments; Mental health claimants 240% more likely to miss out on PIP

January 2019

Rudd unveils latest changes to UC; No pension credit for mixed age couples; Protection for those with Severe Disability Premium;  Stealth cuts to child benefit;  DWP supported accommodation survey results; Scotland/Wales/N Ireland news

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