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18 February, 2020

2.38 per cent of universal credit claimants subject to conditionality had a sanction applied in November 2019

New DWP statistics reveal that comparative rates for JSA and ESA claimants are 0.05 per cent and 0.04 per cent respectively

18 February, 2020

2.8 million people were claiming universal credit in January 2020, up 2 per cent from previous month

New DWP statistics also show that 'no work requirements' conditionality regime is increasing at fastest rate

17 February, 2020

Government urged to concede third legal challenge to universal credit migration arrangements following dismissal of its two previous challenges in the Court of Appeal

Law firm Leigh Day has written to the DWP asking that provisions are made for transitional payments that reflect the actual loss of the SDP for claimants who migrated to universal credit

17 February, 2020

Minister for Welfare Delivery confirms that universal credit case managers have an average caseload of more than 450 cases each

Written answer based on figures as at August 2019 when the total universal credit caseload was at 2 million

17 February, 2020

Pilot scheme testing universal credit in-work conditionality extended to February 2021

New statutory instrument

14 February, 2020

Whether decision to apply minimum income floor was appealable / application of minimum income floor to seasonal worker

CUC/2641/2018
[2020] UKUT 18 (AAC)

13 February, 2020

Successive cuts to benefit levels since 2013 have led to more families being pushed into poverty, and those in poverty being further away from escaping it

New report from CPAG highlights that cuts have particularly impacted on lone parents for whom the poverty gap has increased by 36 per cent

13 February, 2020

Whether a tribunal should proceed in claimant’s absence when ESA50 is missing from papers / whether a request for an all-female tribunal panel was reasonable

CE/238/2019
[2020] UKUT 15 (AAC)

13 February, 2020

Lack of corroboration of evidence does not relieve tribunal of duty to assess that evidence and to explain any findings it may make in relation to it

CDLA/1733/2019
[2020] UKUT 14 (AAC)

12 February, 2020

DWP confirms that it will return claimants who have inadvertently breached the universal credit SDP Gateway to legacy benefits where it is ‘in their best interests’

Response to freedom of information request also confirms that Department will consider compensation for claimants who have lost tax credits income

12 February, 2020

85 per cent of people surveyed by Salvation Army struggled to complete universal credit claim

New report warns that millions of vulnerable people risk being unable to access system that is 'complicated, bureaucratic and digital by default'

12 February, 2020

Importance of representatives indicating that special arrangements needed to help vulnerable adult participate in tribunal proceedings / need for representatives to make it clear if they wish to give evidence themselves

CPIP/1328/2019
[2020] UKUT 17 (AAC)

11 February, 2020

Northern Ireland Executive confirms that a bill to extend existing bedroom tax mitigation payments will be included in its 2019/2020 Legislative Programme

Written statement also says that more legislative proposals will be added to the Programme as they become more fully developed

11 February, 2020

Around £28 million has been paid out as a result of PIP review exercise following Upper Tribunal decisions relating to ‘psychological distress’ and carrying out activities ‘safely’

Latest DWP progress report also confirms a change in methodology so those considered less likely to be entitled to increased benefit will be 'given an opportunity to request a review'

11 February, 2020

Circumstances where a tribunal may have a duty to telephone claimant to establish reasons for non-attendance before proceeding to hear a case in their absence

CTC/9/2019
[2020] UKUT 9 (AAC)

11 February, 2020

£21.3 million paid out in the first year of Best Start Grants and Best Start Foods in Scotland

New statistics also show that around 92 per cent of applications were made online

11 February, 2020

40 per cent of Citizens Advice debt clients on means-tested benefits don’t have enough money to cover their living costs

New report on effects of benefit freeze calls on government to increase frozen benefits by CPI plus two per cent and increase LHA rates to cover 30th percentile

10 February, 2020

Department for Communities to implement new ‘Digital Debt Service’ to provide online self-service technology to Debt Management customers

Welfare changes across the UK, in particular universal credit, will 'significantly increase the Debt Management debt stock', Department says

10 February, 2020

Errors linked to student income in housing benefit costing £40 million a year

New DWP guidance identifies reasons for errors are failure of local authorities to ask students for funding evidence and not setting appropriate follow up actions