Three million better off under Universal Credit - DWP

Tue, 11/12/2012 - 12:22 -- nick

Ministers at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have confirmed details of the new Universal Credit benefit system, which will be introduced across the country in October 2013.

They claim that 3 million of Britain's poorest families will be better off under the new system, by around £168 per month.

Universal Credit will replace a range of existing benefits including jobseeker's allowance, tax credits, income support, employment and support allowance, and housing benefit.

Secretary of state for the DWP Ian Duncan Smith said:

DWP 'reducing benefit fraud' - and error

Thu, 29/11/2012 - 12:55 -- nick

The Department for Work and Pensions is today publicising its latest fraud figures.

It has published a press release online:

29 November 2012 – Benefit fraud bill is dropping – but more action is needed

Benefit fraud fell last year – but more action is needed to stop the £1.2bn cost to the taxpayer each year, Minister for Welfare Reform Lord Freud said today.

Universal credit could hurt most vulnerable

Thu, 22/11/2012 - 12:56 -- nick

Universal credit is due to be introduced across the country in October 2013, linking a number of benefits in to one single payment.

But MPs on the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee have "serious concerns" that the most vulnerable people may not be able to cope with the new system.

Universal credit will replace a number of existing working-age benefits - the income-based jobseeker's allowance, income-related employment support allowance, housing benefit, working tax credit, child tax credit and income support.

Young people forced in to work experience

Tue, 13/11/2012 - 17:01 -- nick

The Department for Work and Pensions has announced a new work experience pilot for young people in Derbyshire.

Designed and run by the local Jobcentre Plus, the scheme will target around 2,000 18 to 24 year olds in the district who have been on Jobseekers Allowance for more than six months, yet have gained little or no recent work experience. They will have to take part in an eight week programme, will be expected to do 30 hours of work for the benefit of their communities and will also receive six hours of intensive job seeking support per week.

More than a third of IB claimants fit for work - DWP

Tue, 06/11/2012 - 17:43 -- nick

The Department for Work and Pensions has released figures showing that more than a third of Incapacity Benefit claimants who have been through reassessment have been found capable of some form of work.

Of the 139,200 people reassessed between December 2011 and February 2012, 36% were found fit for work and will get help to move into employment through Jobcentre Plus and the Work Programme.

IDS - no more child benefit for third child

Fri, 26/10/2012 - 14:04 -- nick

Department for work and pensions secretary Ian Duncan Smith will stop child benefit payments for larger families.

Despite using his speech at the Conservative party conference earlier this month to call for the party to stay compassionate, Duncan Smith has said that families with more than two children should not receive additional child benefit, risking an increase in child poverty.

Employment Minister to tighten JSA rules again

Mon, 22/10/2012 - 12:43 -- nick

Employment Minister Mark Hoban has threatened Jobseeker's Allowance claimants with tougher sanctions if they 'play the system'.

Writing in The Telegraph, Mr Hoban said 'there are some out there who don't want to roll up their sleeves, and who think they can play the system. Well I've got news for them – they can't.'

The Minister was announcing an increase in the penalty periods for those who turn down jobs or do not co-operate fully with Jobcentre Plus staff.

He writes 'from tomorrow there will be clear and escalating levels of penalties.



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