DWP Update – spring 2012 . An update for external stakeholders May 2012 Version 0.63– 3 May 2012. Topics to cover. Welfare Reform Act Service Delivery Employment support Benefits Pensions Local topics. Welfare Reform Act Main points Timeline .
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An update for external stakeholdersMay 2012
Version 0.63– 3 May 2012
Introduces the most fundamental reforms to the social security system for 60 years.
Aims for a simpler, fairer benefits system & to ensure work pays
Personal Independence Payment
Fraud & error penalties
Social Fund changes
Housing Benefit changesWelfare Reform Act - overview
May Lone Parent IS entitlement changes (new & repeat claims)
Advance notice re benefit cap
Benefit fraud administrative penalty
June Housing Benefit demonstration projects
August Lone Parent IS entitlement changes (existing claims)
October Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit updating
Revised JSA sanctions regime
December Revised ESA sanctions regime (date tbc)Timeline - 2012
Revised appeals process
Social Fund reform
Universal Credit pathfinder
Personal Independence Payment pathfinder
Increased benefit fraud sanctions
June PIP (new claims)
October Reassessment of DLA claims begins
Universal Credit (new claims)
Entitlement to work requirement for benefitTimeline - 2013
Incapacity Benefit reassessment complete
Civil penalty for negligence re change of circs
October Modified Pension CreditTimeline - 2014
Social justice is about giving individuals and families facing multiple
disadvantages the support and tools they need to turn their lives around
A new set of principles that inform the approach:
1. A focus on prevention and early intervention
2. Where problems do arise, a focus on recovery as the primary aim
3. Promoting work as the most sustainable route out of poverty
4. Encouraging innovation in the commissioning, funding and delivery of services
5. Recognising the role of local Government, the voluntary and community sector and grassroots delivery in offering the most targeted support
6. Empowering people and communities to take a greater responsibility for the services they use
7. Ensuring that interventions provide a fair deal for the taxpayer
Jobcentre Plus and PDCS no longer have ‘Agency’ status. DWP has implemented a simpler corporate structure.
New single Operations directorate:DWP Organisation
JSA Online has been updated, making it easier for people to find and claim on Directgov
Digital champions are supporting the digital agenda in each Jobcentre, making them a great point of contact for all external stakeholders.
Working closely with digital partners such as UK Online on events, training and access to the internet
Aim is that digital becomes main channel to claim benefit and search for jobs. Leading to Universal Credit being digital by default
Over 1.6 million people have claimed JSA online (26% of all JSA claims were made online in December 2011)
Over 1.6million visits to the online Benefit Adviser Service to November 2011
The job search tool continues to be the most popular part of Directgov with an average of over 3million visits per week in January 2012
And of course the DWP website holds lots of information on a whole host of topics for advisers, intermediaries, partners and providers.Digital services
Employment supportJobcentre Plus supportGet Britain Working measuresWork ProgrammeYouth ContractSupport for lone parentsSupport for families with multiple problemsSpecialist disability support
More flexibility and responsibility for Jobcentre advisers
Increased flexibility for local managers
Raised expectations of customer commitment to finding work
Extending range of digital services
Clear focus on getting customers off benefits and into jobs
Option for advisers to mandate suitable customers toMandatory Work Activity
New sanctions regime to be introducedJobcentre Plus support
Excused labour market conditionality for 4 weeks – can be extended to 13
Aim is to give individual time to find new accommodation and schools and to get legal advice
Eligible if inform us that:
the incident of actual or threatened domestic violence occurred within the previous 26 weeks; and
it meets the definition of domestic violence; and
they are not living at the same address as the abuser; and
they have not previously had a period of domestic violence easement within the last 12 monthsJobcentre Plus support – victims of domestic violence
more sharing of skills and experience through Work Clubs
volunteering as a way of developing work skills through Work Together
self-employment as a route off benefits through the NewEnterprise Allowance and viaEnterprise Clubs offering community based and locally led support for unemployed people
greater insight into the world of work through voluntary work experience
pre-employment training and work placements through sector-based work academies
Partnership between voluntary sector, colleges, employers and GovernmentGet Britain Working measures
Early access to the Work Programme for 18 year olds who claimed JSA when aged 16-17
Voluntary work experience available to 16-17 year old JSA claimants
Increased adviser support for 16-17 year olds on JSA
Signposting advice available to 16-17 year olds who are Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET)
Work Clubs extended to 16-24 year olds
Additional funding available to help 16-17 year olds develop job seeking skillsSupport for young unemployed
offer a voluntary work experience or sector based work academy place for every unemployed 18-24 year old who wants one (after they have been on JSA for 3 months) before they enter the Work Programme.
extra Jobcentre Plus support for all 18-24 year olds
wage incentives to make it easier for employers to take on young people
additional funding to support the growth of 16-24 year old apprenticeships
a new programme for persistently NEET 16 and 17 year olds to get them learning, on an apprenticeship or in a job with training.
expand the current MWA programme.Youth Contract
New and repeat claims to Income Support
From 21 May lone parents with a youngest child aged 5 or older will no longer be eligible to claim solely on the grounds of being a lone parent.
For existing Income Support claimants the changes will be phased in stages;
From May lone parents with a youngest child aged 6, or who turns 6;
From August lone parents with a youngest child aged 5, or who turns 5.
In line with earlier changes some lone parents will retain their entitlement to Income support
Informed affected customers by letter in March.
Work Focused support also available for those on Income Support.Lone Parents
Aimed at families with history of worklessness
Voluntary for participants who will be identified by local authorities
12 month programme of support delivered by contracted providers.
Whole family approach – but payment to provider for outcomes
Closely aligned with Work ProgrammeSupport for families with multiple problems
The independent report by Liz Sayce, Getting in, staying in and getting on, was published last June.
Proposed that resources for supporting disabled people into employment should be focused on disabled people themselves rather than on specific institutions. Government welcomed that.
Government announced its response and plans regarding next steps on 7 March.
The Government wants to give disabled people the opportunity to realise their aspirations and to get into and progress in work.
Spending on specialist disability employment programmes will be protected over this Spending Review.Specialist Disability Support
Benefits Benefit upratingCrisis Loan changesFuture Social Fund reformBenefit CapESA & WCAPersonal Independence PaymentUniversal Credit Fraud & errorSimple PaymentsIIDB
Details of new benefit rates currently being issued to individuals.
Most benefits rise by 5.2% in line with Consumer Prices Index.
The standard minimum guarantee in Pension Credit will increase by 3.9%, a proposed increase of £5.35 to a new single rate of £142.70 per week, or an increase of £8.20 to a new rate of £217.90 for couples.
The Savings Credit threshold will rise to £111.10 per week or £177.20 per week for couples.Benefit rates
The changes that are being introduced from 9th April 2012 are;
365 day limit for contribution-based ESA in the work related activity group. Support Group not affected.
Makes ESA more consistent with JSA which has 6 month limit on contribution-based entitlement.
Comes into effect from 30 April 2012.
About 60% of those claiming ESA end claim within a year.
Estimate 60% of those affected by time-limiting will be eligible for income-related ESA – rest can claim on credits-only basis to maintain NI record and access Work Programme.
Estimate 90% of those affected by change to ESA Youth will be able to claim income-related ESA.ESA changes
DWP is committed to continuously improving the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) to ensure that it is fair and effective
First independent Harrington review reported in November 2010. All of his recommendations have now been implemented.
Second review reported November 2011. Recommendations include:
Monitoring the impact of the year one recommendations and identifying further opportunities for improvement
Improving descriptors for mental health and other fluctuating conditions
Regular monitoring of DWP and Atos staff performance to ensure consistency in assessments and decisions.
Currently trialling use of text messages to remind people to return forms.Work Capability Assessment improvements
Personal Independence Payment is being introduced in stages:
Will replace a range of working age benefits with a single payment that provides both in-work and out-of-work support
Designed to ensure that work will always pay
Expect Universal Credit to begin in 2013, with existing claims transferred to the new system by the end of 2017
Tougher sanctions regime will be introduced ahead of Universal Credit
Aspects of the Social Fund will be incorporated within Universal Credit while others will be delivered by Local Authorities in England and devolved administrations in Scotland and WalesUniversal Credit - overview
Expect Universal Credit to begin in 2013.
2014-15 – begin moving those existing claimants with most to gain from being on UC.
2016 & 2017 – transfer existing claims to UC. Migration based on local authority boundary.
Tougher sanctions regime will be introduced ahead of Universal Credit
Aspects of the Social Fund will be incorporated within Universal Credit while others will be delivered by Local Authorities in England and devolved administrations in Scotland and WalesUniversal Credit - timetable
It sets out plans to cut fraud by £1.4 billion by 2015 through:
Significant improvements in our data-matching capability, drawing on the best products available in the private sector, to PREVENT fraud
Rigorously assessing current claims to CORRECTerrors where they exist and refer suspicious cases for fraud investigation. We expect to cleanse a million claims a year
A single, integrated fraud investigation service across DWP, HMRC and local authorities from 2013 to DETECT fraud. Will include a mobile regional taskforce
Tougher powers to deal with welfare cheats to PUNISH and DETERProposal to move away from cautions, introduce stronger sanctions, plus a call for increased court sentences following prosecutionsFraud & Error Strategy
Flexible Fund Projects Lewisham Hospital and Community Training and Education Project Brockley
Outreach at Deptford Lounge and Baseline Centre
Gangs Strategy – Working through the safer Lewisham Partnership
Involvement in Lewisham Jobs Fair and Neet Days
Outreach in Childrens Centres
Sector Based Academies- Working with Lewisham Colege
Use of Jobcentreplus space by external providersLewisham Local initiatives.