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In a new judgment, the High Court has ruled that the No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) policy unlawfully fails to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Permission has been granted for a judicial review challenging the decision of the government not to apply the same £20 per week increase to Employment Support Allowance (ESA) claimants that Universal Credit claimants have received since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Both the Job Retention Scheme and the Self Employment Income Support Scheme have been extended until September 2021. The total support for employees on furlough will remain at 80 per cent of normal salary, capped at £2,500 a month but the government will introduce an employer contribution of 10 percent in July and 20 per cent in August and September.

The government has launched a consultation which includes a temporary protection status for asylum seekers who are deemed to have entered the UK illegally.

Although free movement rights have in general been ended in UK law, some EEA nationals are protected and can continue to benefit from these provisions – particularly when claiming a benefit that requires a right to reside.

The DWP has confirmed that it is restarting a pilot of its new integrated assessment service for Employment Support Allowance (ESA), Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Universal Credit (UC) from April 2021.

The government has confirmed that it will continue to pay the former Independent Living Fund (ILF) recipient grant to local authorities in England in 2021/2022.

The free early years nursery scheme that gives eligible children 15 hours a week free nursery placements to two year olds has been extended to include children whose parents have no recourse to public funds (NRPF).

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has criticised Cornwall County Council after it stopped making direct payments to a disabled woman which were used to pay her live-in carer daughter, then failed to organise alternative care.

The demand for self-isolation payments is significantly outstripping the funding available to local councils in England, according to the TUC.

The High Court has ruled that the requirement for Universal Credit (UC) claimants to pay their childcare costs upfront before receiving the childcare costs element (CCE) is unlawful.

New immigration rules that target people sleeping rough for deportation will only be used in limited circumstances, according to the government.

The Department of Works & Pensions has issued new guidance in relation to changes to Housing Benefit (HB) for claimants in receipt of the Severe Disability Premium (SDP).

The claimants were Romanian nationals who had been refused Universal Credit (UC) on the grounds that they could not meet the required residence test. They claimed this amounted to direct discrimination on grounds of nationality, contrary to EU law.

It is common for private landlords and letting agents to advertise properties to let stating that they will not accept applications from people who rely on Housing Benefit (HB) to pay their rent – usually referred to in adverts as No DSS (referring to when benefits were administered by the Department of Social Security).

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions has confirmed that the increase in local housing allowance rates - introduced at the start of the coronavirus pandemic - will be frozen in cash terms from next year.

New regulations have been issued to ensure that family members of EEA Citizens who have been granted limited leave to enter UK under an EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) family permit continue to be able to access benefits and housing after Brexit.

The government has announced the extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and as a result the new Job Support Scheme has been postponed until the extended furlough scheme ends.

The government has announced that COVID-19 mortgage payment holidays will continue to be available beyond 31 October 2020.

The government has issued new good practice guidance to support local authorities to meet the accommodation needs of care leavers.

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions has confirmed that there will be no compensation for tax credit claimants who were advised to claim Universal Credit (UC) during the coronavirus pandemic and who lost out as a result.

As the new legal duty to self-isolate comes into force, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has said that local authorities in England will have discretion to award £500 lump sum self-isolation payments to those who do not receive qualifying benefits.

In July 2020, the Chancellor announced a Job Retention Bonus that will pay employers a one-off bonus of £1,000 for each of their furloughed workers who is still employed at 31 January 2021.

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found numerous failings in the assessment process used by the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham for its Blue Badge parking scheme.

The DWP has issued new guidance to decision-makers in relation to whether the daily living component of personal independence payment (PIP) or the care component of disability living allowance (DLA), attendance allowance or carers allowance can be paid to a claimant habitually resident in another EEA Member State or Switzerland.

People with coronavirus and their contacts are to be paid to self-isolate from 1 September 2020 for those in receipt of universal credit or working tax credit.