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SSAC's news, announcements and updates.

2014

2013

Date Subject
07/11/13 The Housing Benefit and Universal Credit (Size Criteria) Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2013
The Government published the Committee's report, alongside its own response, on The Housing Benefit and Universal Credit (Size Criteria) Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2013 on 7 November. The regulations were laid in Parliament on the same day
04/10/13 Formal consultation and a call for evidence: The Housing Benefit and Universal Credit (Size Criteria) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2013
09/09/13 New SSAC report highlights need to improve communications about benefits
08/08/13 SSAC responds to DWP consultation on PIP assessment: moving around criteria (46KB) PDF
11/07/13 Press release: Formal consultation and a call for evidence: The Income Support (Work-Related Activity) and Miscellaneous Amendments Regulations 2013
03/05/13 Press release: New SSAC report recommends improvements for Universal Credit support
09/01/13 SSAC welcomes new member

The Social Security Advisory Committee welcomes a new member Matthew Oakley. The appointment is for a period of three years.

Press Release (DWP website)
08/01/13 SSAC welcomes new members

The Social Security Advisory Committee welcomes four new members: Adele Baumgardt, John Ditch, Chris Goulden and Diana Whitworth. They have been appointed for three years from 1 January 2013.

Find out more about Adele, John, Chris, and Diana by reading their biographies.

The Committee also bids farewell to Kwame Akuffo who completed his final term on SSAC at the end of December after nine years of distinguished service to the Committee.

2012

Date Subject
10/12/12 Universal Credit report published
24/10/12 Press release: The Minister for Welfare Reform, Lord Freud, has announced new appointments to the Social Security Advisory Committee
24/09/12 Ministers have confirmed that Universal Credit regulations will be laid after the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Autumn Statement on 5 December. As is usual practice, the Committee's report on the Universal Credit regulations - and the Government's response - will be published alongside them. In the meantime, the Department for Work and Pensions has assured us that it is actively reflecting on the points raised during the consultation, and has sent this letter to the Committee's Chair outlining recent developments (41KB) PDF
17/09/12 You may have seen media coverage over the weekend referring to advice provided by this Committee to the Government on Universal Credit. It might be helpful to clarify that the report referred to is the Committee's response to the Universal Credit White Paper. This advice was submitted in 2010 at an early stage in the development of Universal Credit. The Committee has recently consulted on the draft Universal Credit regulations, and its report will be published - alongside the Government's response - when the Universal Credit Regulations are laid in Parliament later in the year.
31/07/12 Many thanks to everyone who responded to the Committee's call for evidence on the Universal Credit and other related regulations. The consultation is now closed. Our report will be published alongside the regulations later this year
09/07/12 Universal Credit and related regulations – a further call for evidence (49KB) PDF
09/07/12 SSAC: Twenty fifth annual report (August 2011 - March 2012) published
15/06/12 Universal Credit and related regulations – a call for evidence (44KB) PDF
03/05/12 SSAC publishes its response to the DWP Personal Independence Payment assessment thresholds consultation (35KB) PDF
27/03/12 Press release: Passporting to the future: the SSAC review of passported benefits
08/03/12 SSAC publishes its responses to the Bereavement Benefits (47KB) PDF and Support for Mortgage Interest (60KB) PDF consultations
30/01/12 Minutes from the Committee meetings of 3rd November and 7th December 2011 are published

2011

2010

Date Subject
30/11/10 The Government publishes its response to the SSAC consultation on The Housing Benefit Amendment Regulations 2010 (S.I. No. 2010/2835) (Official Documents website)
11/11/10 Public Consultation: The Jobseeker's Allowance (Mandatory Work Activity) Regulations 2011 (503KB) PDF
13/08/10 Public Consultation: The Employment and Support Allowance (Limited Capability For Work And Limited Capability For Work-Related Activity) Amendment Regulations 2011 (2.1MB) PDF
06/08/10 Public Consultation: The Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations 2010 (1.6MB) PDF
06/08/10 Business Update August 2010 (45KB) PDF
17/06/10 SSAC publishes its consultation report on the Welfare Reform Drugs Recovery Pilots (79KB) PDF that were proposed by the previous Government. DWP Ministers have announced that they do not plan to take forward these pilots. The SSAC report and a copy of the letter from Maria Miller (DWP Minister) to the SSAC Chair (255KB) PDF are now available.
15/03/10 Press release: SSAC commences public consultation on a set of proposed regulations: The Social Security (Welfare Reform Drugs Recovery Pilot Scheme) Regulations 2010
12/02/10 Press release: SSAC commences public consultation on a set of proposed regulations: The Income Support and Employment and Support Allowance (Work-Focused Interviews, Work-Related Activity, etc.) (Lone Parents and Partners) Regulations 2010 - to enable the introduction of the Progression to Work pathfinders from 25 October 2010.
01/01/10 Press release: The SSAC are pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Nicola Smith, as a member of the Committee
11/01/10 Press release: SSAC commences public consultation on a set of proposed regulations: The Employment and Support Allowance (Transitional Provisions) (Existing Awards) Regulations 2010 and The Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit (Employment and Support Allowance) Amendment Regulations 2010