Benefits

Your redundancy checklist

Since psychiatrists introduced the stress scale in the 1960s, being made redundant has been considered one of the situations most likely to cause you illness-inducing tension.

High court rules benefit cap unlawful

Thursday, 22 June 2017 | News

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

Budget 2017: £2 billion for social care

Wednesday, 08 March 2017 | News

Chancellor Philip Hammond announced in Wednesday's (8 March) Budget that an additional £2 billion will be spent on social care in England over the next three years.

Should our daughter take income or a lump sum?

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 | Question and Answer

Our 45-year-old daughter was in a road accident three years ago that has left her with a mild brain injury.

Autumn Statement 2016: Salary sacrifice perks curbed; pensions exempt from charges

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 | News

In an Autumn Statement thin on surprises for private investors, chancellor Philip Hammond has announced a clampdown on salary sacrifice schemes.

What is the Autumn Statement?

Monday, 21 November 2016 | Article

Each year the government must deliver two economic updates - the Budget and the Autumn Statement (which has changed names and timing over the years, read on for more details).

What to expect from the 2016 Autumn Statement

Monday, 21 November 2016 | News

Speaking on the Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, Mr Hammond described the UK public debt as being “eye-wateringly” large, so those expecting a giveaway in the 2016 Autumn Statement may be disappointed.

Celebrating exam results? Tell HMRC your kids' plans or risk losing child benefit

Friday, 26 August 2016 | News

If your child has just received GCSE results (or equivalent qualifications) you need to tell HMRC what they’ll be doing next year before 31 August, or risk losing child benefit and/or child tax credits.

Can I claim any benefits for caring for my grandchildren?

Thursday, 02 June 2016 | Question and Answer

I’m afraid I would need to know a lot more about your circumstances to be able to tell you what you are entitled to claim.

New national living wage takes force

Friday, 01 April 2016 | News

The new national living wage, which sees workers aged-25 and older paid at least £7.20 an hour, takes force today.

Minimum wage to rise from October

Monday, 14 March 2016 | News

The minimum wage for those aged-24 and under will rise from October, the Government has announced today.