Background to the July 2015 Budget
Published Friday, July 3, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7244
This note sets out the background to the July 2015 Budget, the first Budget of the current Parliament.
Topics: Benefits policy, Economic policy, Economic situation, Family benefits, Housing benefits, Pensions, Public expenditure, Sickness, disability and carers' benefits, Taxation, Working age benefits
Welfare reform and people with disabilities
Published Monday, June 29, 2015 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2015-0023
This page provides background information for the Westminster Hall debate, Welfare reform and people with disabilities, on Tuesday 30 June 2015.
Measures to limit migrants’ access to benefits
Published Wednesday, June 17, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06889
Following an article by the Prime Minister’s in the Financial Times on 27 November 2013 in which he said he shared concerns about the impact of lifting transitional restrictions on the right of Romanian and Bulgarian right to work in the UK from 1 January 2014, the Government has introduced a raft of measures “to tighten up our EEA migration rules to ensure our welfare system is not taken advantage of.”
What UK benefits can people from abroad claim?
Published Wednesday, June 17, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06847
This note gives a broad overview of the rules on access to benefits and tax credits for people coming to the UK from abroad. It describes the situation for asylum seekers, nationals from European Economic Area (EEA) countries, and non-EEA nationals.
Introduction of Personal Independence Payment
Published Tuesday, June 16, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06861
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is replacing Disability Living Allowance for people of working age. Following its introduction for new claims in April 2013 there were problems with the claims process, with some claimants waiting six months or more for a decision. The previous Government said that, as a result of actions it was taking, by autumn 2014 no PIP claimant would have to wait more than six months for an assessment and by the end of 2014 no one would have to wait more than 16 weeks.
Carers' rights and benefits (England)
Published Friday, June 5, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7219
An overview of rights and benefits afforded to carers in law, covering local authority assessments, employment rights, benefits and protection from discrimination.
Scotland Bill 2015-16
Published Thursday, June 4, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7205
The Commons Library's briefing note on the Scotland Bill 2015-16.
Independent Review of the Personal Independence Payment assessment
Published Friday, March 27, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN07084
The Welfare Reform Act 2012 requires the Government to commission an independent review of how the Personal Independence Payment assessment is working. The first report of the Independent Review, led by Paul Gray, was published on 17 December 2014. It makes recommendations aimed at improving the claimant experience, the use of evidence, and the effectiveness of the assessment.
Further proposals to restrict migrants’ access to benefits
Published Friday, March 20, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN07145
In his keynote speech on immigration on 28 November 2014, the Prime Minister set out plans to secure agreement on changes to European law on free movement of persons in order to allow the UK to, among other things, deny EEA migrants in-work benefits for four years and prevent Child Benefit being paid for children living abroad. Proposals to further restrict EEA migrants’ access to benefits have also been put forward by Labour and by the Liberal Democrats.
Benefit Entitlement (Restriction) Bill 2014-15
Published Thursday, November 27, 2014 | Commons Briefing papers SN07037
The Benefit Entitlement (Restriction) Bill is a Private Members’ Bill presented by Christopher Chope. The Bill makes provision “to restrict the entitlement of non-UK Citizens from the European Union and the European Economic Area to taxpayer-funded benefits.” The Bill provides that the restrictions on entitlement are “notwithstanding the provisions of the European Communities Act 1972.”
Cold Weather Payments for winter 2014/2015
Published Thursday, November 13, 2014 | Commons Briefing papers SN07021
Cold Weather Payments are made from the Social Fund to certain recipients of Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Universal Credit or Pension Credit during periods of very cold weather. The amount is £25 a week for eligible benefit claimants.
Asbestos-related diseases: payments from the Department for Work and Pensions
Published Thursday, September 18, 2014 | Commons Briefing papers SN06012
Exposure to asbestos fibres can lead to a number of serious diseases. People suffering from certain conditions may be able to pursue a civil claim for damages against one or more employers responsible for exposing them to asbestos negligently and/or in breach of a statutory duty. Compensation may also be available under schemes administered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
Impact on the UK of Scottish independence: social security and tax credits
Published Thursday, August 7, 2014 | Commons Briefing papers SN06957
In the event Scotland becoming an independent country, the Scottish and Westminster governments would have to address two main issues with regard to welfare provision: how to deliver benefits and tax credits in the initial transitional period following independence; and how the two countries' systems should relate to each other in the longer term.
Incapacity benefit reassessments
Published Tuesday, April 1, 2014 | Commons Briefing papers SN06855
Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) replaced incapacity benefits for new claims from October 2008. Between 2010 and 2014, around 1.5 million claimants of old-style incapaqcity benefits are being reassessed for ESA. To date, over 1.1 million incapacity benefit claimants have been reassessed, and around a fifth have been found “Fit for Work.”
Mesothelioma Bill [HL]: House of Commons stages
Published Monday, January 6, 2014 | Commons Briefing papers SN06789
The Mesothelioma Bill [HL] establishes a new Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme to make payments to people with diffuse mesothelioma who were exposed to asbestos either negligently or in breach of statutory duty by an employer, and who are unable to bring a claim for damages against the employer or an Employers’ Liability (EL) insurer.
Published Monday, November 18, 2013 | Commons Briefing papers RP13-66
The Bill provides the legislative framework for a new Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme to make payments to people with diffuse mesothelioma who were exposed to asbestos either negligently or in breach of statutory duty by an employer, and who are unable to bring a claim for damages against the employer or an Employers’ Liability (EL) insurer.
Winter Fuel Payments: people in residential care
Published Monday, November 11, 2013 | Commons Briefing papers SN01475
People in residential care who receive Pension Credit do not qualify for the Winter Fuel Payment. Other care home residents receive half the full rate (£100, or £150 for people aged 80 or over). This note describes the rules as they apply to people in care homes, and explains the rationale behind them.
Cold Weather Payments for winter 2013/2014
Published Monday, November 11, 2013 | Commons Briefing papers SN06748
Cold Weather Payments are made from the Social Fund to certain recipients of Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Universal Credit or Pension Credit during periods of very cold weather.
Short Term Benefit Advances and Budgeting Advances
Published Friday, July 12, 2013 | Commons Briefing papers SN06683
From 1 April 2013, a new advance of benefit facility administered by DWP replaced Social Fund Budgeting Loans, interim payments of benefits and "alignment payments". This note gives details of the new system of Short Term Benefit Advances and Budgeting Advances.