Skip to main content
Bookmark and Share

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.

blog comments powered by Disqus