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News and communications

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Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

  1. Coronavirus update - benefit reviews and reassessments suspended

    Reviews and reassessments for disability benefits are being suspended for the next three months.

  2. Claimants are asked to apply online as jobcentres limit access

    People are being urged to use online services before turning to the telephone for help with their benefit claim

  3. Chancellor announces workers’ support package

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak announces package to support workers as government confirms further measures to keep people safe

  4. Coronavirus support for employees, benefit claimants and businesses

    A range of extra support and measures will be in place to help workers, benefit claimants and businesses affected by coronavirus.

  5. Two years wage growth

    Today’s figures from the Office for National Statistics show more people in work, while wages have now been outpacing inflation for 2 years.

  6. Face-to-face health assessments for benefits suspended amid coronavirus outbreak

    Claimants on disability benefits will no longer be required to attend face-to-face assessments.

  7. Sick pay from day one for those affected by coronavirus

    Statutory Sick Pay will be made available from day one when self-isolating, instead of day four, the Prime Minister announced today.

  8. Next step for new service for benefit assessments announced

    A single service to deliver all disability benefits assessments will be trialled before being rolled out nationally, the Government has announced.

  9. Climate change: risks and opportunities

    Correspondence between Director of Private Pensions and Arm’s Length Bodies Pete Searle and Charles Counsell Chief Executive of The Pensions Regulator.

  10. Britain's jobs boom continues as wages rise

    The UK jobs market continues to boom, as the first set of employment figures since leaving the EU show the number in work has reached a new record high.

  11. Boost for pensioners in the EU

    UK state pensioners currently living in the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland will continue to have their pensions increased annually.

  12. Employment hotline opens for offenders in Scotland’s largest prison

    Prisoners in Scotland’s largest prison are to receive enhanced employment support in a bid to reduce re-offending rates in Scotland.

  13. Thriving UK jobs market hits record high employment rate

    The new record high employment rate is at 76.3%, with the unemployment rate not lower since 1974.

  14. Alister Jack responds to January 2020 labour market figures

    Alister Jack responds to January 2020 labour market figures

  15. Around 900,000 could receive increased Housing Benefit from April

    Around 900,000 people across the UK could see their Housing Benefit payments rise from April.

  16. Jobcentres to receive new £3 million fund to support homeless people

    Jobcentres across the UK are to benefit from a boost of up to £3 million to support homeless people, Minister for Welfare Delivery Will Quince said today.

  17. UK jobs market booms with record high employment rate

    There is a new record high employment rate and the unemployment rate has not been lower since 1974.

  18. Benefit claimants to get more cash to help with funeral costs

    Funeral Expenses Payments scheme to provide up to £1,000, in addition to paying for essential costs of burial or cremation.

  19. Disability Confident scheme leads to inclusive workforce

    On the third anniversary of the scheme, changes have been announced to help businesses achieve their goal of workplace inclusivity.

  20. £10 million fund to help vulnerable people claim Universal Credit

    Funding will be available to partner organisations, including charities, from April 2020 to help vulnerable people claim Universal Credit.