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17 January, 2020

Almost three in four children with lone parent are below Minimum Income Standard

New report from Joseph Rowntree Foundation also shows that growing proportion of households below Standard are in full employment

17 January, 2020

DWP to introduce permanent review of housing benefit cases where reported self-employed earnings have not changed over period of 12 months

Permanent review follows 2018/2019 project which led to annual saving of £63 million

16 January, 2020

DWP has identified 5,000 cases where claimants were underpaid ESA but died before arrears were paid

New DWP statistics also confirm that all 600,000 cases needing to be checked for underpayments have started the reassessment journey and 97 per cent have completed it

16 January, 2020

Families to be invited to apply for Scottish Child Payment in advance of its introduction to ‘help manage demand’

However, all awards will run from a single eligibility date

16 January, 2020

Increase in local housing allowance rates in Northern Ireland

New statutory rule provides for LHA rates to be increased by 1.7 per cent in line with CPI inflation

15 January, 2020

Peers call for removal from EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill of powers for Ministers to regulate for circumstances in which courts and tribunals can depart from existing EU caselaw

Allowing lower courts to reinterpret EU case law 'risks causing significant legal uncertainty', says House of Lords Constitution Committee

15 January, 2020

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government issues guidance on pension age council tax reduction scheme amendments

New Council Tax Information Letter clarifies that changes made by new regulations are intended to bring schemes into line with the housing benefit regime

14 January, 2020

Westminster Government’s welfare reforms need to be reversed, says new Northern Ireland Communities Minister

Minister also confirms that her Department is 'working at a pace' to ensure that welfare mitigations are extended from 31 March 2020

14 January, 2020

Increase in local housing allowance rates when calculating housing benefit and universal credit in 2020/2021

New legislation provides for LHA rates to be increased by 1.7 per cent in line with CPI inflation

13 January, 2020

Government announces £3 million funding for jobcentres to increase support for homeless people

DWP Minister says jobcentre staff will join outreach teams on the streets and visit charity-run day centres, providing support to rough sleepers with benefit claims and finding work

13 January, 2020

LHA rates to be increased in line with the CPI with effect from April 2020

Ending the benefit freeze will ensure the government is 'continuing to support the most vulnerable in society', says Minister

13 January, 2020

Uprating of council tax reduction schemes for pensioners in England

New statutory instrument

10 January, 2020

DWP issues guidance on effect of RR v SSWP Supreme Court judgment on stayed ‘lookalike’ housing benefit appeal cases

Urgent Bulletin advises housing benefit staff to award arrears payable when appeals have been decided, without offsetting any DHP award that covers the same period

10 January, 2020

Draft deal to restore devolved government in Northern Ireland includes extension of existing welfare mitigation measures beyond March 2020

Immediate priorities for incoming Executive also include development of anti-poverty strategy and establishment of child funeral fund

9 January, 2020

Ombudsman warns that claimants are facing real prospect of becoming homeless as a result of councils’ poor housing benefit practices

New report highlights problems with identifying and processing appeals, failures to process new evidence and improper recovery action while appeals are outstanding

9 January, 2020

Move to universal credit has adverse impact on support through council tax reduction, particularly for those that are employed or self-employed

Interim report commissioned by the Welsh Government analyses possible adjustments to the council tax reduction scheme that could restore parity

9 January, 2020

Citizens Advice Scotland calls for a ‘fundamental overhaul’ of universal credit

Significant change is needed to the way the benefit is designed and delivered, says charity

9 January, 2020

Food bank use in Scotland increased by more than 20 per cent in last 18 months, Scottish food aid charity finds

New research finds that food banks gave out more than 600,000 food parcels in the 18 months to September 2019, 120,000 more than in the previous reporting period

9 January, 2020

Amendments to the prescribed requirements for council tax reduction schemes and the default scheme in Wales

New statutory instrument