DWP: Touchbase – Fri 16 July

Roundup of recent DWP announcements


Coronavirus Roadmap update

This week the Prime Minister announced that Step 4 of the Roadmap out of COVID-19 legal restrictions in England will go ahead on Monday 19 July.

Step 4 will mark a new phase of continued caution whilst managing the risks of COVID-19, in our response to the pandemic. We must remain vigilant as COVID-19 has not gone away. By practising key behaviours, we can continue to protect ourselves and others and help stop the virus spreading.

Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread from 19 July

There is additional guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable.

Different updates and guidance applies to Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.

Bereavement support update

On 15 July a draft plan was laid before Parliament which will extend bereavement support to an extra 22,500 people.

This will extend Widowed Parent’s Allowance and Bereavement Support Payment to surviving co-habiting partners with children who were living with their partner at the time of death. These changes will be retrospective, and will apply from 30 August 2018.

For more information go to GOV.UK.

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Summer Jobs portal

The DWP has launched a new summer jobs portal with an initial 20,000 vacancies.

The portal is available now and features summer, seasonal and temporary roles for jobseekers of all ages throughout the UK, offering them an accessible, one-stop-shop to look for work.

For more information and to access the summer jobs portal, visit the Find a Job website.

Additional tips for jobseekers – from job search ideas to advice on getting into growing sectors – are also available on the Job Help website.

And if you’re an employer looking to advertise a role, please sign in to the Find a Job website.

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) underpayments and pay arrears update

This week the Minister for Disabled People confirmed that the exercise to correct past Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) underpayments and pay arrears, following conversion from previous incapacity benefits is now complete. All cases have been considered, reviews completed where the information has been provided, and arrears paid where due.

Read the full statement

Prime Minister’s Levelling Up speech

This week the Prime Minister set out his vision on how the government would deliver on the central purpose of his premiership – to level up and unite the whole of the United Kingdom. He spoke about the role this Government had to play and the need to:

  • Empower strong local leaders by taking a more flexible approach to devolution, with new ‘County Deals’
  • Focus on growing the private sector by creating the conditions for long-term growth and productivity;
    Invest in infrastructure and connectivity;
  • Ensure that people have access to good public services, and the skills and training needed to get good jobs; and
  • Improve the quality of life in communities through cutting crime and regenerating towns and high streets


To read the speech in full, please visit see GOV.UK.