Roundup of recent DWP announcements
Update on the Lifetime Skills Guarantee
As part of the Lifetime Skills Guarantee, from April 2021, adults without A-Levels or equivalent will be eligible to study for a free Level 3 qualification to help boost their job prospects and get ahead in work. There are almost 400 courses on offer including; construction, agriculture, digital and health and social care.
As an alternative, Skills Bootcamps offer flexible courses of just 12-16 weeks, giving people the opportunity to build up sector-specific skills and fast-track to an interview with a local employer. These are currently available in the West Midlands, Greater Manchester and Lancashire, the Liverpool City Region, the Leeds City Region, Heart of the Southwest, and Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. People who live in one of these areas, can find out more on their local authority website. In 2021, the Skills Bootcamps will expand into new regions with more course subjects on offer.
Personal Independence Payment form change
On 11 January the Personal Independence Payment change of circumstances form PIP2(UI) (How your disability affects you) will be replaced with a new form called the AR1UI (How your disability affects you).
The new form aligns the change of circumstances process with the award review process, providing a consistent approach when customers report changes in their needs.
Our aim is to reduce the time it takes for customers to complete the form, so we have made it shorter, requiring them to provide less information
Customers should continue to return any outstanding PIP2(UI) forms as directed in their letter.
New scheme to support vulnerable people
The Government is inviting local organisations to form partnerships and bid for a share of the funding to better support those who experience multiple disadvantages including homelessness, substance misuse, mental health issues, domestic abuse, and contact with the criminal justice system.
Advice on what the Brexit Transition will mean for benefits and State Pensions
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