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Cold Weather Payments for winter 2010/2011
Published Thursday, December 23, 2010 | Commons Briefing papers SN05811
Cold Weather Payments are made to certain claimants of means-tested benefits during periods of very cold weather. To trigger the £25 payments, the average temperature in an area must be recorded as, or forecast to be, 0Â°C or below for seven consecutive days.
June Budget and Spending Review 2010: DLA and ESA changes
Published Friday, November 5, 2010 | Commons Briefing papers SN05749
The Coalition Government's June 2010 Budget announced that a new "objective medical assessment" would be introduced for Disability Living Allowance claims from 2013-14. The Spending Review on 20 October announced that that the DLA mobility component is to be withdrawn from people in care homes whose place is funded by a public body. The Spending Review also announced that, from April 2012, for those Employment and Support Allowance claimants assessed as eligible for the "Work Related Activity Group", contributory ESA would only be payable for up to one year.
Armed Forces Compensation Scheme
Published Wednesday, May 26, 2010 | Commons Briefing papers SN05553
The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) replaced both the War Pensions Scheme and 'attributable' benefits payable under the old Armed Forces Pension Scheme (AFPS) for service personnel experiencing ill health, injury or death arising from service-related incidents on or after 6 April 2005. This note outlines the scheme and changes made to it since its introduction.
Support for domestic energy users
Published Monday, January 25, 2010 | Commons Briefing papers SN04873
This note sets out financial support available to domestic energy consumers, including grants for central heating, insulation, microgeneration equipment and social security measures. It also explains how to seek advice or information about gas and electricity problems from Consumer Direct and the Energy Ombudsman.
Cold Weather Payments
Published Friday, January 22, 2010 | Commons Briefing papers SN00696
Cold Weather Payments. By Steven Kennedy. SN/SP/696.
The future of Attendance Allowance
Published Friday, October 30, 2009 | Commons Briefing papers SN05136
This note gives details of the proposal in the July 2009 Green Paper, Shaping the Future of Care Together, to integrate some elements of disability benefits with other funding streams to create a new system of care and support for older people in England.
Welfare Reform Bill: Committee Stage report
Published Friday, March 13, 2009 | Commons Briefing papers RP09-23
This is a report on the Committee Stage of the Welfare Reform Bill. It complements Research Papers 09/08 and 09/09 prepared for Commons Second Reading.
Welfare Reform Bill: social security provisions
Published Friday, January 23, 2009 | Commons Briefing papers RP09-08
This paper is one of two which examine the main proposals of the Welfare Reform Bill 2008-09. It deals with Part 1 of the Bill, which includes provisions to establish a 'work for your benefit' scheme for the long-term unemployed, to allow piloting of the 'personalised conditionality' regime, and to enable the future abolition of income support. See also Research Paper 09/09.
2009 Benefit Uprating
Published Monday, December 15, 2008 | Commons Briefing papers SN04901
Sets out the basis for the uprating of benefits and tax credits in 2009
Means-tested benefits: help with mortgage costs (archived)
Published Wednesday, December 3, 2008 | Commons Briefing papers SN00737
This Commons Library briefing paper has been archived as it no longer offers up-to-date information. However, we have published other papers which may be of interest.