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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.

Last month conditionality and benefit sanctions were reintroduced following their temporary suspension as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

In 2016, a First-tier Tribunal awarded the claimant personal independence payment (PIP) consisting of the standard rate daily living component from January 2016 to January 2019.

The DWP has announced that it is to roll out a new system under which social landlords will receive managed payments of housing costs at the same time tenants receive their benefit payments.

The DWP has confirmed that people who are currently shielding as a result of the coronavirus outbreak will not be eligible for statutory sick pay (SSP) on that basis from 1 August 2020.

A new Bill has been introduced designed to give unpaid carers more rights to flexible working by extending the current requirement to make reasonable adjustments for people with disabilities to include carers to help them balance employment with their caring responsibilities.

The government has outlined its plan to bring the Coronavirus Job Retention and Self-Employment Income Support schemes to an end.

In a new judgment, the Court of Appeal has ruled that the COVID-19 related freeze on evictions also imposes a freeze on eviction appeal proceedings.

The Minister for Pensions has confirmed that the Department of Works & Pensions (DWP) is arranging for all claimants who are shielding due to COVID-19 and hold Post Office card accounts (POcas) to receive contact from a visiting officer or their local authority.

Following on from the article last month, changes have also been made to existing benefit provisions.

In these unprecedented and constantly evolving times, we thought it would be helpful to pull together information about many of the temporary measures now in force (or likely to be introduced) either as a result of the Coronavirus Act 2020 (effective from the 31 March 2020) or the response to other significant issues.

HMRC will use the average profits from tax returns in 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 to calculate the size of the grant. The scheme will be open to those where the majority of their income comes from self-employment and who have profits of less than £50,000. The scheme will be open for an initial three months with people able to make their first claim by the beginning of June.

Rough Sleepers - The government has written to local authorities in England asking them to house all people sleeping rough, and those in hostels and night shelters.