In this edition of the e-bulletin, we look at the top three topics that have been recorded in the Early Warning System (EWS) throughout October 2020. Although issues that relate to the COVID-19 pandemic and the government measures taken in response to it still feature in the Early Warning System, we are now seeing a resurgence of long-standing concerns about the universal credit system.
What's new with tax credits and free school meals, the latest on when to apply for the new Scottish Child Payment, and whatever happened to Child Trust Funds?
NEW student elearning, coronavirus and student support, claiming benefits when a course ends, and more
Tax credit and Scottish benefit changes due to coronavirus, school age payment
Social Insecurity: how the outbreak is affecting your cases. Summary of queries received by the Early Warning System during the covid-19 pandemic. Topics covered include universal credit whilst on furlough, awaiting self-employment grant or facing the habitual residence test, plus problems claiming new-style ESA and more.
Summary of universal credit mandatory reconsideration problems coming into the EWS and an invitation to complete an MR survey.
Deadline for Best Start grant school age payments, new tax credit rates, caselaw and more
Best Start grant statistics, caselaw on child living in another Eu state and how Christmas pay affects UC.
Childcare update, Neonatal expenses fund, Best Start Foods and vitamins, caselaw and more
Student handbook NEW EDITION, students and benefits training courses, funeral support payments and more