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9 December, 2016

Government accepts IIAC recommendation to extend terms for Prescribed Disease B6

Regulations to implement changes are expected to be brought into force in Spring 2017

9 December, 2016

DWP publishes evaluation of the Jobcentre Plus Support for Schools programme

Report concludes that schools found support offered by Jobcentre staff added value to their careers curriculum and filled gaps in current provision

9 December, 2016

Government responds to SSAC concerns about removing universal credit housing costs from 18-21 year olds

Welfare Reform Minister agrees to conduct further pre-regulatory consultation with health experts on issues affecting 18-21 year olds

9 December, 2016

Scope for recovery of an overpayment of benefit almost 8 years after decision that the claimant had been overpaid

[2016] CSOH 170

8 December, 2016

Number of ESA claimants placed in support group on initial assessment continues to fall

New DWP statistics advise that this could partly be due to updated guidance on the application of risk introduced in January 2016

8 December, 2016

60 per cent of social security appeals overturned in favour of the claimant in quarter to September 2016

New Ministry of Justice statistics report that this represents a five percent increase on the same quarter the previous year

8 December, 2016

Benefits worth £3.3 billion overpaid in 2015/2016 with net loss of £2.2 billion after offsetting £1 billion recovered

However, new DWP statistics also show highest recorded level of underpayments totalling £1.7 billion

7 December, 2016

More than half of people in poverty in the UK live in working households

Joseph Rowntree Foundation calls on government to reduce poverty by reversing cuts to the work allowance in universal credit and ending the freeze on working-age benefits

7 December, 2016

Valuing of interest in property where joint owner is unwilling to sell

[2016] UKUT 464 (AAC)

6 December, 2016

Communities Minister announces plans for roll out of universal credit in Northern Ireland

Roll out will commence in September 2017 and is expected to be completed by September 2018

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