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27 March, 2015

DWP confirms that JSA conditionality can be modified for claimants with health conditions who have been found fit for work

New edition of Touchbase also highlights three new pilots involving support for ESA claimants

27 March, 2015

All income-based jobseeker's allowance claimants to be required to complete an 'annual verification' check

New edition of Touchbase confirms that benefit will be suspended if the letter is not returned

27 March, 2015

DWP to introduce a clearance time target for mandatory reconsideration for all benefits

Lord Freud tells House of Lords that target will be introduced first for ESA from April 2016

27 March, 2015

New protocols developed for awarding discretionary housing payments in Wales

Rules, which work alongside DWP guidance, aim to prioritise people who are doing all they can to help themselves

27 March, 2015

Welsh government sets out its revised Child Poverty Strategy for Wales

Report reaffirms Welsh government's ambition to ensure no child is living in poverty by 2020

27 March, 2015

Convention on Social Security between the Government of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Republic of Chile

New regulations issued in Northern Ireland

26 March, 2015

Paul Gray reappointed as chair of the Social Security Advisory Committee

Mr Gray will continue to bring a wealth of skills and experience to the Committee, says Work and Pensions Minister

26 March, 2015

Whether capital used to repay a debt should be considered as ‘notional capital’

[2015] UKUT 51 (AAC)

26 March, 2015

Government plans to save £2.6bn a year with new fraud, error and debt measures

Measures include increased use of data sharing and increased ability to recover overpayments and fines

26 March, 2015

Sharp rise in number of people in poverty in the private rented sector in Scotland over last ten years

New report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation also finds that approximately twice as many working age adults under 30 are in poverty as compared to pensioners

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29 March, 2015

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IDS says that Conservatives may not reveal details of £12bn welfare cuts until after election theguardian.com/politics/2015/…

28 March, 2015

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Conservatives would have to make benefit changes at least as radical as those leaked to find £12bn, say @TheIFS election2015.ifs.org.uk/article/the-se…

28 March, 2015

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Rachel Reeves writes to IDS to demand he comes clean about impact of £12bn benefit cuts on disabled people & carers press.labour.org.uk/post/114794068…

28 March, 2015

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Conservatives under pressure to come clean on £12 billion benefit cuts theguardian.com/politics/2015/…

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