DWP: Touchbase – Fri 5 Nov


Roundup of recent DWP announcements 

EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) application fund extended

Funding to help vulnerable and at-risk EU citizens apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) has been extended until at least March 2022. The fund will be made available through the Grant Funded Network of 72 organisations, charities and local authorities across the UK.

The EU Settlement Scheme application deadline has now passed but eligible individuals who missed that deadline can make a late application (where they have reasonable grounds for doing so) at www.gov.uk/eusettlementscheme.

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Bringing New Style JSA and ESA obligations in line with Universal Credit

This week a change was made to bring the obligations in new style JSA and ESA benefits in line with those in Universal Credit

This will mean that, as is the case for Universal Credit claimants, if someone in receipt of new style JSA and ESA fails to do what they have agreed to in their Claimant Commitment without good reason – such as having or caring for a child, or a change to a health condition – their payments may be reduced for a set period. This is known as a sanction. 

All Claimant Commitments are tailored to a person’s personal circumstances and local jobs market, and claimants affected by this change are being informed of the introduction of the new process. Sanctions are only applied as a last resort when a claimant is not engaging with the commitment they have made.  If someone disagrees with a decision they can ask for it to be looked at again.

Pension and Disability Benefit claimants to get a Christmas bonus

People who receive pension or disability benefits will receive a tax-free Christmas bonus of £10. The payment will be made before 25 December, and paid directly to customers’ bank or building society.

Letters will be sent out by the Department to inform people when they will receive their £10 bonus.

Find out more about the bonus and eligibility here

Boost Your Immunity campaign

The Cabinet Office have launched their flu and booster jab campaign, urging people to boost their immunity this winter. There is special emphasis on over 50s booking their booster, 12-15 year olds booking their COVID vaccine online, and everyone eligible booking a flu jab.

Assets on the vaccine programmes, a Q&A video on vaccines, an explainer video featuring doctors, information for parents and information on how you can support the campaign can be found in the stakeholder toolkit here.