The Department of Work and Pensions has issued several updates this week.

Changes to Universal Credit, PIP and ESA rules are set to come in soon.

Employment and Support Allowance claimants and pensioners could be owed thousands of pounds.

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And it was confirmed benefit claimants will receive a Christmas bonus this year from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Here are all the recent announcements from the DWP.

DWP confirms rule changes for Universal Credit, PIP and ESA affecting all claimants

Changes are on the way for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment rules, along with other benefits such as Universal Credit and Employment Support Allowance (ESA).

When claimants apply for certain benefits, they are 'means tested', with somebody judging whether they are able to work or not.

However, The DWP were no longer able to carry out their means testing in person when coronavirus struck.

But a sizeable minority of people were not happy with the changes.

They then outlined the changes that the DWP hope to make which include:

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE.

Universal Credit benefits cut for thousands over tax credit overpayments

The collection of historic tax credit overpayments is causing hardships for some households, a charity has said.

Tax credit overpayments are among the debts collected through deductions from Universal Credit, following a previous agreement between HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

But some people are finding up to a quarter of their allowance is taken without a check to see if this is affordable, for previous overpayments they were often unaware they had received, StepChange said.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE.

DWP benefit claimants could be owed £1,500 in back pay

More than two million benefit claimants could be due £1,500 in back payments from the DWP if a legal challenge is successful.

At the start of the pandemic in March 2020, the government introduced a £20 week uplift as additional support for people on Universal Credit.

However, people on "legacy" benefits such as Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Income Support and Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) did not automatically qualify for the benefit boost.

The High Court granted two people on ESA the right to legally challenge the decision earlier this year.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE.

DWP: Universal Credit, PIP, and state pension claimants set for Christmas bonus

Benefits claimants will receive a Christmas bonus this year from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

The Christmas Bonus is a one-off tax-free £10 payment made before Christmas, paid to people who get certain benefits in the qualifying week.

This is normally the first full week of December.

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All benefits, pensions and allowances are normally paid into an account, such as your bank account.

It may show up as ‘DWP XB’ on your bank statement.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE.

DWP error leaves thousands entitled to £8,900 State Pension payment

A report from a spending watchdog has claimed more than £1 billion worth of State Pension has been underpaid.

The National Audit Office (NAO) says the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) estimates it has underpaid 134,000 pensioners.

The watchdog says this is down to repeated human error - which has left thousands of people entitled to payouts averaging £8,900.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE.

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