This briefing summarises who is subject to the No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) visa condition and how it is applied. It also identifies what state support and concessions might be available for migrants with NRPF during the coronavirus crisis. It does not cover migrants’ entitlements to NHS healthcare, or the position of European Economic Area nationals.
Benefits and tax credits that are linked to inflation rise by 1.7% in April 2020, marking the end of the four-year freeze that affected many such payments. Further increases have been made to Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit and Local Housing Allowance in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The triple lock delivers a 3.9% increase to the Basic and New State Pension.
An Opposition Day debate on ‘Statutory Sick Pay’ has been scheduled for Wednesday 18 March 2020. This briefing provides background and resources on the issue. This is a fast-moving issue and should be read as correct at the time of publication.
Both Disability Living Allowance and Personal Independence Payment (which is replacing DLA) provide help with the extra costs disabled people face when getting around. The DLA or PIP mobility component can continue to be paid indefinitely, but there is an upper age limit for new claims - now the State Pension Age. This means that some older people cannot get benefits for mobility needs and cannot access linked schemes such as Motability.
This Commons Library briefing looks at Carer's Allowance - a non-contributory, non-means-tested benefit paid to people who care full-time for someone who is severely disabled. It covers the background to the benefit and issues frequently raised by people claiming it, including the level of the benefit, its interaction with other benefits including the Retirement Pension, and the difficulties recipients face when seeking to combine their caring duties with paid work or studying. Reforms to Carer's Allowance have been discussed, but there have been no significant changes to the benefit in recent years, and Carer's Allowance will remain a separate benefit under the Universal Credit system. Responsibility for Carer's Allowance and related disability benefits is now devolved to the Scottish Parliament. The Scottish Government has introduced a Carer's Allowance Supplement, and Carer's Allowance in Scotland will be replaced by a new benefit - Carer's Assistance - starting from winter 2021.
PIP was introduced for new claims in Great Britain from April 2013, and the Department for Work and Pensions expects that all existing working age DLA claimants will have been reassessed for PIP by 2020-21. In Northern Ireland, PIP started to replace DLA from 20 June 2016.
This Commons Library briefing looks at how Universal Credit will affect benefit claimants who are, or were, getting the Severe Disability Premium. It covers measures which came into force in January 2019 to prevent people getting SDP from moving onto UC until they can receive transitional protection, and "SDP transitional payments" for those who have already moved to UC and lost SDP.
This House of Commons Debate Pack briefing has been published in advance of an Estimates Day debate on the spending of the Department for Work and Pensions. This will take place in the House of Commons chamber on Tuesday 2nd July 2019.
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the lower age limits for the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) mobility components, the rationale for them, and at the position of successive governments. It also gives information on the “Family Fund Mobility Support” pilot scheme.
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the rules on reassessing Employment and Support Allowance, Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payment claimants. Starting from 29 September 2017, some ESA and UC claimants with the most severe conditions will not have to face reassessment. PIP claimants receiving the highest level of support and whose needs are unlikely to improve may only have a "light touch" review every ten years. The Government also intends to exempt from reassessment PIP claimants over State Pension age, unless they report a change in their needs, from late spring 2019.
This briefing paper explains the key differences between assistance with housing costs under the Housing Benefit regime and under Universal Credit. The paper considers evidence of the impact of claiming housing costs under UC to date and the Government response.
This House of Commons Library landing page has been published in advance of a debate entitled “Administration of Personal Independence Payments on Merseyside”. This debate is sponsored by Maria Eagle MP and will take place in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 26th March, starting 2.30pm.