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1 June, 2020 Open access

SSAC puts forward policy recommendations to address ‘rough edges’ in DWP’s emergency response to COVID-19

Committee's proposals include increasing JSA and ESA in line with universal credit standard allowances, and taking action to ensure those affected by benefit cap are not disadvantaged

1 June, 2020

JSA requirement to be ‘living in’ the Common Travel Area for three months is not invalid under EU law

[2020] UKUT 146 (AAC)

29 May, 2020 Open access

Government outlines plan to bring Coronavirus Job Retention and Self-Employment Income Support schemes to an end

As Britain returns to work, we need to adapt the emergency programmes we put in place to bridge through the crisis, says Chancellor

29 May, 2020 Open access

Expenditure on crisis grants in Scotland up by 145 per cent in April 2020 compared to April 2019

Scottish Government publishes management information ahead of scheduled quarterly statistics due to 'heightened interest' in impact of COVID-19 on Scottish Welfare Fund

29 May, 2020 Open access

TUC calls for extension of Self Employment Income Support Scheme

'Consistent and necessary' to extend scheme in line with extension of Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, says Union body

29 May, 2020 Open access

Allocation of additional funding for local authorities to support cost of implementing COVID-19 related LHA changes

New DWP guidance confirms funding of £0.45 million to cover cost of notifications to housing benefit claimants affected by changes

28 May, 2020 Open access

Work and Pensions Committee questions Prime Minister about lack of support for people with ‘no recourse to public funds’

Chair urges Prime Minister - who was 'clearly surprised' that such restrictions applied - to lift NRPF conditions during COVID-19 crisis

28 May, 2020 Open access

Allowing electronic claims for state pension credit in Northern Ireland in response to coronavirus outbreak

New statutory rule

28 May, 2020 Open access

Citizens Advice calls on government to give workers who are ‘shielding’ due to COVID-19 an automatic right to be furloughed

Charity's research finds that more than a quarter of those in shielded group have lost at least 60 per cent of their income

28 May, 2020 Open access

COVID-19 ‘Test and Trace’ programme will not be effective unless statutory sick pay is extended to all and increased to level of real Living Wage, says TUC

Warning that workers who cannot afford to self-isolate will be forced to keep working, TUC also calls for extension of support for self-employed

28 May, 2020

Less than a quarter of households on universal credit in Scotland are receiving more frequent payments under Scottish choices

New statistics also show that around half of households with housing entitlement are having direct payments to landlords under Scottish choices or DWP alternative payment arrangements

27 May, 2020 Open access

‘Stark disparity’ in protections offered to different groups during COVID-19 crisis threatens a growth in existing inequalities, warns IPPR

Highlighting the social risks that people now face in the UK, IPPR launches a programme to 'reimagine' a future welfare state

27 May, 2020 Open access

Number of London households affected by benefit cap doubles as a result of COVID-19-related benefit increases

New report also finds that the continued presence of the cap means that for some households the effects of recent LHA, universal credit and tax credit increases will be limited or never felt at all

27 May, 2020

Social Security Advisory Committee sets out its strategic objectives for 2020/2021

Priority areas include roll-out of universal credit, the impact on social security of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, and implications of the government’s response to COVID-19 on the benefit system

27 May, 2020 Open access

People deemed to be incapable of work for purposes of statutory sick pay

New statutory instrument adds a person who has been notified to self-isolate due to contact with a person infected with COVID-19 to list of qualifying people

27 May, 2020 Open access

Universal credit has passed its first test in the coronavirus crisis ‘but tougher challenges lie ahead’, says Resolution Foundation

New report calls on government to prepare universal credit for highest unemployment levels in over a quarter of a century

27 May, 2020

DWP issues guidance on the Troubles Permanent Disablement Payment Scheme

New DMG Memo confirms that payments are disregarded as both income and capital for income support, state pension credit, income-based jobseeker's allowance and income-related employment and support allowance purposes

26 May, 2020 Open access

Universal credit claims continuing at double the rate prior to lockdown

Latest management information shows that 154,000 declarations were made in the week beginning 11 May 2020 as compared to 76,000 in the week beginning 2 March

26 May, 2020 Open access

Scottish Government to provide enhanced statutory sick pay for social care workers who are diaganosed with COVID-19

New measure will ensure that people are 'given the urgent support they deserve', says Health Secretary