Recent news archive

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September 2021

Secretary of State rejects calls to extend UC uplift; Protected rights for EU nationals; Bereavement benefits advice for unmarried parents


August 2021

£10k+ for couple who missed out on transitional protection; More calls to retain the uplift; Concerns over restoration of Minimum Income Floor; DWP concedes judicial review over PIP appeal 'cold calls'.

July 2021

CJEU opinion on UC refusal to presettled residents; EU benefits will not stop overnight; Disabled student challenges UC ban; 300,000+ affected by LHA shortfall and UC deductions


June 2021

Face to face 'works best' says Tribunal Head; Remote tribunals - what has worked for you?; Settled & pre-settled status application deadline; COVID-19 claims checked; More information shared with local authorities


May 2021

Judicial Review to challenge lack of ESA uplift; Bereavement support for cohabitees?; Huge shortfall in LHA for private rentals; Launch of Breathing Space


April 2021

Return to face-to-face assessments; Plans to amend Judicial Review process; DWP post-COVID initiatives; State Pension and the Universal Credit run-on; Learning the lessons of COVID-19


March 2021

DWP to stay pre-Brexit pre-settled claim decisions; Budget 2021: Uplift retained, furlough prolonged; More changes to Work Capabililty Assessments; Safeguarding vulnerable claimants; End to 6 months benefits rule for terminally ill claimants?


February 2021

DWP fails to keep up; Effects of removal of SDP gateway; More pressure to retain UC uplift; Not all PIP claims extended;

January 2021

Closure of SDP Gateway; Post-Brexit changes to benefits; No COVID extension for benefit cap grace period; Closed UC claims double after failed Habitual Residence Tests

December 2020

Mass calls to retain the uplift; COVID, sanctions & deductions; Brexit begins to bite; Devolved nations seek cooperation on welfare; Minimum PIP plans put back

November 2020

Covid-19 piles demands on local services; Reallocation of calendar month UC payments; Recorded assessments begin; Minimum Income Floor suspension extended; Advice to work coaches on 'untidy tenancies'; Plan to end 6 month rule for terminally ill claimants; Hancock's missing button


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?

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