This House of Commons Library debate pack briefing has been prepared for a debate entitled "Work Capability Assessments". It will take place in Westminster Hall at 2.30pm on Wednesday 13th December 2017 and will be led by David Linden MP.
There will be an Opposition Day Debate on Universal Credit on Tuesday 5th December in the Commons Chamber. This Commons Library landing page contains recent Library briefings, parliamentary material, press releases, and Government material.
Was progress made in the sixth round of Brexit negotiations? This paper looks at what happened in the latest round of talks in each of the priority areas and at other developments linked to Brexit in the UK and the EU.
The briefing sets out the background to Autumn Budget 2017 which will take place on Wednesday 22 November 2017. The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) will publish revised forecasts for the economy and public finances on the same day.
Universal Credit aims to replace six working-age benefits. The Government is now rolling out the Full Service, under which everyone eligible can claim UC no matter their circumstances. Once the Full Service is launched in an area both the number and range of people claiming UC is likely to grow quickly. At the end of September 2017 there were 101 jobcentres running the Full Service. Between October 2017 and January 2018, 134 more jobcentres will launch the Full Service. That will add 150,000 more people to the UC caseload – a 25% increase, and an overall rise from 8% to 10% of the final 7 million people expected to be eligible.
This Commons Library Debate Pack briefing has been prepared for a General Debate on the Department for Work and Pensions’ support for care leavers which will take place at 3pm on Thursday 16 November 2017. This debate was agreed by the Backbench Business Committee and will take place in Westminster Hall.
This Commons Library briefing paper provides background on the 2015 Government's intention to apply Local Housing Allowance rates to tenants in receipt of Housing Benefit in the social rented sector. On 25 October 2017, the Prime Minister said that this change would not go ahead as previously planned.
Key Issues 2017 is a series of short briefings on the topics that will take centre stage in UK and international politics in the new Parliament. Written by impartial Commons Library specialists, these articles are designed to help the reader get up to speed quickly on issues such as; Brexit, the housing crisis, the future of devolution and much more.
This Commons Library briefing looks at the Bereavement Support Payment, which replaced bereavement benefits (the Bereavement Payment, Bereavement Allowance, and Widowed Parent's Allowance) for surviving spouses and civil partners widowed on or after 6 April 2017.
Carer's Allowance cannot be paid in addition to the Retirement Pension because of the "overlapping benefits" rule. This Commons Library briefing looks at the rationale for this rule, and at the position of successive governments on payment of Carer's Allowance to people over State Pension Age.