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7 August, 2020

Any reform of judicial review must be based on robust, empirical evidence, says Public Law Project

Terms of reference for recently announced independent review asks questions for which there is little evidence, yet the consequences of poorly evidenced reforms are 'all too-well documented'

7 August, 2020

Regulations limiting eligibility for universal credit are ‘really bad news for disabled students’, says Disability Rights UK

Charity condemns 'torturous route' to entitlement following legislation ensuring that students in receipt of a disability benefit cannot claim universal credit without prior LCW determination

7 August, 2020 Open access

SSAC to conduct rapid review of post-lockdown changes to social security benefits

Short-term review, which will be used to provide advice to the government by the end of the summer, will consider how easements have worked and what measures can best support claimants in the 'new normal'

7 August, 2020

Whether DWP’s former practice of only providing tribunals with examples of least demanding work-related activities in ESA appeals was flawed

[2020] UKUT 210 (AAC)

7 August, 2020

DWP confirms relaunch of its Housing Benefit Award Accuracy Initiative from October 2020

New HB Circular advises on activities participating local authorities will be funded to carry out to proactively identify unreported changes of circumstances

7 August, 2020

Extending eligibility for SSP in Northern Ireland to cover people who are self-isolating in line with updated advice from the UK Chief Medical Officer

New statutory rule

6 August, 2020 Open access

‘Unprecedented’ increase of 665 per cent in the number of newly capped households on universal credit in the quarter to May 2020

New DWP statistics also show 86 per cent of capped households included children, and more than half were capped by more than £50 per week

6 August, 2020 Open access

Work search and work availability requirements reintroduced from 3 August 2020 for new and existing claimants of jobseeker’s allowance in Northern Ireland

However, Department for Communities advises that the requirements are still suspended for existing claims for universal credit

6 August, 2020 Open access

Scottish Human Rights Commission calls for Scottish Government to do more to realise people’s human right to social security during COVID-19 pandemic

While welcoming what the government has done so far, Commission suggests further action, including speeding up delivery of Scottish Child Payment and to repeat the June 2020 increase in the carer's allowance supplement

6 August, 2020

Four out of five social workers report that more than half the families they work with have been affected by benefit cuts

CPAG calls for impact of poverty on the ability of families to support and protect children to be addressed across government departments, ideally as part of a cross-government child poverty strategy

5 August, 2020 Open access

Relaxation of Discretionary Assistance Fund rules in Wales to continue until 31 March 2021

Extension means that people facing hardship as a result of coronavirus pandemic can continue to make five, rather than three, claims in 12 month period

5 August, 2020 Open access

Government needs to protect incomes of workers who are subject to local coronavirus lockdowns, says TUC

Union calls on government to extend CJRS beyond October 2020 where needed, abolish the SSP lower earnings limit, and raise level of SSP to equivalent of the National Living Wage

4 August, 2020

Exception to the universal credit basic condition ‘not to be receiving education’ for those in receipt of a disability benefit

New regulations 'restore the policy intent' that the additional requirement, to have a limited capability for work determination, must be met on or before the date of claim for universal credit

4 August, 2020 Open access

Extending eligibility for SSP to cover people who are self-isolating in line with new guidance from Public Health England

New statutory instrument

4 August, 2020

Correction of defect in regulations providing for two-week run-on of legacy benefits at start of universal credit claim

New regulations ensure that JSA and ESA run-on continues for 14 days, rather than 13 as originally provided

4 August, 2020 Open access

Select Committee repeats call for government to amend SMP earnings rules for pregnant workers wrongly sent home on SSP or unpaid leave during coronavirus crisis

Letter to Business Minister also expresses 'disappointment' that government has failed to respond to Committee’s recommendations before summer recess

4 August, 2020

DWP research finds that extending fit note certification powers to wider range of HCPs ‘is likely to be well received’

Interviews with patients, employers and HCPs highlight benefits including reducing workload pressure on GPs and minimising duplications in effort and resources

3 August, 2020 Open access

Failings of the UK’s social security system have been exposed by the COVID-19 crisis, says TUC

Workers whose incomes have been hit have sought to rely on the safety net, but in many cases have promptly fallen through its holes

3 August, 2020 Open access

Government confirms continued pause of review exercises being carried out to determine whether PIP claimants should be entitled to more benefit

In support of the government’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the pause will now last until the end of September 2020, says DWP