Welcome to rightsnet

Welfare rights news and case law; daily updates in debt, housing, employment and community care; peer to peer casework support ... and more

Find out more: about rightsnet | advice job vacancies | next up from rightsnet training | what people say about us

Welfare rights

13 October, 2015

DWP sets out support available for disabled young people under Earn or Learn policy

Employment Minister confirms that Access to Work applies to work experience and that Jobcentre Plus will meet costs of reasonable adjustments to workplace

13 October, 2015

Changes to local housing allowance assessments to reflect four year freeze in rates

New statutory instrument also clarifies position for claimants with an 'existing' universal credit award

13 October, 2015

Universal Credit programme 'has hit, or is on target to achieve' all of the milestones set out in Autumn 2014 by the Secretary of State

Employment Minister responds to question in the House of Commons

12 October, 2015

Information on PIP claims not always available to local authorities through automated systems

New DWP guidance advises housing benefit staff on procedures for obtaining information clerically

12 October, 2015

Scheme allowing people who will reach pension age before April 2016 to add to state pension begins today

New 'top up' scheme, which will remain open for 18 months, allows people to buy increases of up to £25 per week

12 October, 2015

Scottish Secretary confirms that Scotland will have power to 'top up' existing benefits as well as create new ones

However, David Mundell also warns that changes will have to be justified to the public since 'income tax raised in Scotland will stay in Scotland and be spent in Scotland'

9 October, 2015

Child poverty remains unchanged in Scotland but is at risk from UK Government cuts

Having full powers over tax and welfare would mean Scottish Government could do much more to improve childrens' lives, says Social Justice Secretary

9 October, 2015

Universal credit may have destabilising impact on ability to identify pupil premium eligibility

Public Accounts Committee calls for DWP to write to Committee within six months on its plans to mitigate the risk

8 October, 2015

DWP launches new Specialist Employability Support service

New edition of Touchbase reports that service will help unemployed disabled people move closer to the labour market

8 October, 2015

DWP taking inspiration from Facebook and LinkedIn to design its digital approach to social security

Director General of digital technology wants the Department to become a 'network hub of data sources about people's lives'

More welfare rights

13 October, 2015

rightsnet rightsnet

Kinship carers at risk of poverty and debt due to welfare cuts, says @FamilyRightsGp theguardian.com/society/2015/o…

12 October, 2015

JoannaCDean Joanna Dean

Wow just found #London #advicefinder from @advicelocal Amazing! advicelocal.org.uk

12 October, 2015

rightsnet rightsnet

Job vacancy: York Welfare Benefits Unit is seeking a Welfare Rights Adviser rightsnet.org.uk/jobs/welfare-r…

12 October, 2015

rightsnet rightsnet

Volunteer opportunity: Advice Lancashire is seeking a Chair rightsnet.org.uk/jobs/advice-la…

More Twitter


More debt



Community care

Latest discussions

Updated at 19.21 by stevejohnsontrainer

final annual decision, can this be changed ???

Updated at 18.30 by Gareth Morgan

Benefit Calculators - Android/Apple Apps?

Updated at 18.03 by Martin Williams

need advice regarding JSA for EEA client

Updated at 17.53 by Martin Williams

RTR merging into immigration issue

Benefit rates

Get a free copy of our 2015/2016 benefit rates poster.


Check out advicelocal.org.uk, Lasa's new social welfare resource for London

Aims is changing

Find out more about the exciting plans we have for our AIMS contact management database software.

LALY awards 2015