child benefits

Will my pension be cut as I don’t claim child benefit?

The introduction of the new state pension was the end of ‘Mr & Mrs’ pensions and requires each person to build up their own entitlement to the state pension through national insurance contributions (NICs).

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Over 200,000 parents face a smaller state pension because of innocent paperwork mistakes

More than 200,000 parents are facing a smaller state pension because of a complicated bureaucratic situation involving child benefit of which they are unaware. 

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Higher-earning families losing out on £171 million worth of child benefits

Working families are losing out on £171 million per year because they don’t take advantage of a little-known connection between pension contributions and child benefit entitlements.

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High court rules benefit cap unlawful

The high court has today ruled the government’s benefit cap is unlawful for single parents with children under the age of two.

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Cancelling child benefit costs 50,000 women 'vital' pension rights

The number of mothers who are missing out on vital state pension rights, because they haven’t claimed child benefit, has doubled over the last two years.

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Parents to see child benefit docked for unpaid truancy fines

Parents who are fined because their children have played truant will face a cut in their child benefit if they fail to pay the fine on time, the government has announced.

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165,000 parents face fines for missing Child Benefit deadline

Tens of thousands of parents face fines after missing the deadline to register their Child Benefit payments with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

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Free school meals: the verdict

I cannot say how pleased I was when I heard the announcement from Nick Clegg, that from next September, all infant school children would qualify for free school meals.
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Child Benefit rule change could cost parents dear

Parents who earn more than £50,000 and who have not opted out of Child Benefit could see an uplift in their tax bills if they fail to register for self-assessment before 5 October.

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Child benefit changes: have you lost out?

7 January was the day thousands of middle-income families across the UK had been dreading.

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