DWP: Touchbase – 4 June 2021

Roundup of recent DWP announcements

Shared Accommodation Rate changes

DWP has implemented changes to the Shared Accommodation Rate that will help thousands of vulnerable care leavers access additional housing support. The changes mean that care leavers can now claim the higher one-bedroom rate for longer, as the maximum age limit has been raised to 25, from 22.

Also, anyone who has lived in a homeless hostel for three months or more, regardless of age, will now be able to claim the higher rate, as the age limit has been removed.

Reminder – signpost to GOV.UK for up to date information

Out of date or incorrect information about how to contact DWP causes frustration and may lead customers to miss out on support to which they are entitled.

Please signpost customers to the relevant GOV.UK pages in the first instance for up to date 0800 Freephone contact numbers and the latest advice on eligibility, easements and how to claim.

Less than 30 days to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme

EU, EEA or Swiss citizens or their family members resident in the UK by 31 December 2020, now have less than 30 days left to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to ensure they can continue to reside, work, study, access free healthcare and benefits in the UK after 30 June 2021.

Please consider sharing this message in your social media channels to encourage everyone to apply without delay at: gov.uk/EUSettlementScheme.

Pension schemes Climate Governance and Reporting webinar

DWP, in collaboration with the Pensions Regulator (TPR) and the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) will host a webinar on Thursday 24 June 14.00 – 15.30 which will provide an opportunity for pension scheme trustees to learn more about the practicalities of implementing the Taskforce on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations.

The webinar will feature presentations from DWP and TPR, outlining expectations and evolving approaches to regulating TCFD reporting. The event will also include presentations from members of IIGCC, showcasing their approaches to implementing some of the more challenging aspects of the TCFD recommendations, as well as a Q&A.

Register for the event