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The Budget 2016

17 March 2016 

A number of new measures relevant to DWP were unveiled by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, in the Budget.

They include:

  • Rolling out the use of HMRC Real Time Information (RTI) on earnings to more benefits - including Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Jobseeker's Allowance and Income Support - to help reduce fraud and error
  • Extending access to the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) to Universal Credit claimants who are already self-employed, in addition to increasing work coach support
  • Introducing Help to Save, a scheme to encourage those on Universal Credit or Working Tax Credit to save for unexpected events.

The Budget also confirms a number of previously announced measures, including:

  • Removal of the 28-day waiting period for claimants who are terminally ill and are being reassessed from Disability Living Allowance to Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Exemption for all claimants of Carer's Allowance and Guardian's Allowance from the benefit cap
  • Changes to the number of points awarded in PIP claims for the use of certain aids and appliances
  • Removal of the 52-week permitted work limit for ESA so claimants in the work related activity group (WRAG) can undertake permitted work.

More information can be found on the UK Government's Budget webpages.

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