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Welfare rights

2 March, 2015

Design of sanctions scheme includes both threat and use of hunger as instrument of policy, say Churches

New report calls for change of culture from one of enforcement and punishment to one of assistance and support

2 March, 2015

Existing benefit loans and debts to be migrated to universal credit live service claims manually

New edition of HB Direct also confirms that live service claims are expected to be switched to digital service towards end of roll-out in 2018/2019

2 March, 2015

29 per cent of housing benefit claimants in private rented sector have rent paid direct to landlord

DWP response to freedom of information request

2 March, 2015

Allowing JSA and IS claimants or their partners and partners of ESA claimants to attend 43 days of Reserve Forces training

New statutory instrument increases allowance from 15 days for first year and amends provisions relating to treatment of payment for training

2 March, 2015

Substantial risk to health arising from being found capable of work-related activity

New DWP guidance on updated advice to healthcare professionals developed separately from Upper Tribunal decision on what evidence of work-related activity is required

2 March, 2015

Help with NHS costs in Scotland

New statutory instrument

27 February, 2015

St David’s Day Agreement highlights need for consideration of Welsh Government's role in the administration of DWP employment programmes

However, transfer of new powers to Wales will not result in devolution of social security

27 February, 2015

Allowing young traineeship participants to retain entitlement to benefit

New statutory instrument

27 February, 2015

Mortgage lenders’ contributions to the cost of the ‘Managed Payments to Mortgage Lenders’ scheme

New statutory instrument

27 February, 2015

Impact on benefit entitlement of new ‘pension flexibilities’ being introduced from April 2015

DWP issues new housing benefit guidance

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2 March, 2015

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2 March, 2015

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1 March, 2015

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Giving people access to their pensions savings from 6 April is a calculated risk, says Work & Pensions Minister theguardian.com/money/2015/feb…

28 February, 2015

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Our new report, 'Bridging the Social Divide', is out today gov.uk/government/new…

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Clifton Advice Centre

Welfare Benefits/Debt Advice Worker

Community Law Service (Northampton and County)

Debt Caseworker

Community Law Service (Northampton and County)

Benefit Take-Up Worker

University of West London Students' Union

Senior Academic Caseworker

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Housing Law Casebook

New Housing Law Casebook from the Legal Action Group now available.

Benefit rates

Get a free copy of our 2014 / 2015 benefit rates poster.

Benefits for migrants

Check out the new 6th edition of CPAG's Benefits for Migrants Handbook.

Aims is changing

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Who benefits?

We're pleased to be supporting the Who Benefits? campaign.

Saving our safety net

Find out more about the TUC's Saving our Safety Net campaign.



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