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26 October, 2020 Open access

Social security support for children needs ‘urgent uplift’ in order to limit damage of COVID-19 pandemic, says IPPR and TUC

Either doubling child benefit, or giving £20 uplift to child elements in universal credit and tax credits, would reduce child poverty and stimulate economy

26 October, 2020

Scottish Government sets out the next steps it will take in designing a ‘markedly different’ disability benefits system

Cabinet Secretary confirms new names for disability benefits in Scotland, and an end to 'traumatic' DWP-style assessments

26 October, 2020

Reallocation of calendar monthly payment of earnings to a different universal credit assessment period in Northern Ireland

New statutory rule

26 October, 2020

Social security provisions for prisoners on temporary release due to the coronavirus outbreak in Northern Ireland

New statutory rule

23 October, 2020

DWP looking to get bulk access to claimants' bank accounts to help it combat benefit fraud

Department’s Permanent Secretary tells Work and Pensions Committee that it is working with the Cabinet Office to make the case for new legislation to enable transfer of data at scale

23 October, 2020 Open access

High Court rejects challenge to decision not to increase financial support for recipients of carer’s allowance in response to coronavirus pandemic

[2020] EWHC 2817 (Admin)

22 October, 2020 Open access

Extension of period over which amendments to ESA in response to the coronavirus outbreak remain in force

New DWP guidance

22 October, 2020 Open access

Around half of those who were unsuccessful in claiming benefits at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic were unable to keep up with essential costs

New research also shows that, of the claims that were rejected, 70 per cent were on the basis that income or savings were too high

22 October, 2020 Open access

Social security provisions for prisoners on temporary release in Great Britain due to the coronavirus outbreak

New statutory instrument

22 October, 2020 Open access

Work and Pensions Secretary says ‘we are in quite a different situation from where we were earlier in the year’, as motion to extend free school meals is voted down in the Commons

Motion to prevent more than a million children going hungry during the COVID-19 crisis defeated by 322 votes to 261

22 October, 2020

Trials of predictive analytics suggest that DWP could identify 98 per cent of fraudulent claims for universal credit advances before payment is made

Permanent Secretary tells MPs that, as a result, face-to-face interaction as part of the advance claim process may not be needed in the same way in the future

22 October, 2020

DWP outlines plans for ‘more flexible’ personal independence payment service, including online reporting of changes of circumstances

In evidence to Select Committee, Director General of Work and Health says new service will be monitored and adjusted 'in an agile way' according to claimant need and feedback

21 October, 2020 Open access

COVID-19 may bring forward the date when the ‘poorly designed’ pensions triple lock is abandoned

Institute for Fiscal Studies recommends that, until the lock is 'unpicked', uprating in April 2021 should follow today’s 0.5 per cent inflation figure instead of the 2.5 per cent fallback rate

21 October, 2020 Open access

Replacing the pensions triple lock with a double lock could contribute to savings needed for the government to fund its priorities without raising taxes, says Centre for Policy Studies

As part of nine point plan to recover from COVID-19 pandemic, think tank also recommends taxing the winter fuel payment and rolling child benefit into child tax credit and universal credit

20 October, 2020 Open access

Reported cases of universal credit claimed fraudulently by misappropriating identity rose from less than 0.01 per cent of total claims in March 2020 to more than 1 per cent in July 2020

Freedom of Information response also reveals that almost 5,000 fraudulent claims were reported between April and August 2020

20 October, 2020 Open access

Scottish Government gives local authorities flexibility to spend a further £20m of Scottish Welfare Fund resources to support people during the COVID-19 crisis

Additional £10 million has also been made available to fund continuation of free school meals through the winter holiday and Easter breaks

20 October, 2020

Reallocation of calendar monthly payment of earnings to a different universal credit assessment period

New statutory instrument will 'smooth entitlement to universal credit and help maintain a regular payment cycle', says DWP

20 October, 2020 Open access

Equality and Human Rights Commission calls on the DWP to ensure social security system supports the right to an adequate standard of living

COVID-19 pandemic has painfully exposed the fragility of the gains that had been made towards becoming a fairer and more prosperous society, says Commission Chair