Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is soon going to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA), starting on 8 April 2013, leading up to a national rollout on 10 June. The government has made an online ‘PIP checker’ available which is an easy way to check if a claimant will be affected by the change, when a claimant’s DLA might be affected and when a claimant can make a new claim for PIP.
Today sees the publication of the second official Work Programme evaluation report. This report focuses on the initial procurement process and the payment-by-results model that underpins the programme. Its key messages will be important for the roll-out of payment-by-results in other areas of government policy, including criminal justice.
The government has announced a new scheme for tax-free childcare for working families which could be worth up to £1,200 per child. The scheme will be phased in from autumn 2015. From the first year of operation, all children under 5 will be eligible, initially opening the scheme to 1.3 million families, and the scheme will build up over time to include children under 12.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has created a toolkit of communications materials to help communicate welfare reforms. This toolkit explains the context behind the reforms and provides an overview of all the changes that DWP will be delivering over the next few years.
The government has issued its response to the Heseltine review. The review, ‘No Stone Unturned in Pursuit of Growth’, has made the case for boosting growth in Britain’s regions and has recommended a major rebalancing of responsibilities between central and local government, and between government and the private sector.
The government has published a consultation in response to the Richard Review of Apprenticeships. The response sets out the government’s long term vision for apprenticeships and the proposals to achieve this vision.