Benefits

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.

Chancellor signals big public spending cuts

Friday, 26 February 2016 | News

Weaker than expected UK growth and turbulence in global markets could lead to bigger cuts in public spending in next month’s budget, the Chancellor warned today.

Cold weather alert issued: are you due a £25 Cold Weather payment?

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 | News

The Met Office has issued a cold weather alert, but if temperatures drop below zero degrees Celsius, you may be due a Cold Weather Payment if you’re getting certain benefits. 

Full time earnings rise by £10 a week

Friday, 20 November 2015 | News

Full time workers are £10 a week better than off than a year ago, with average weekly wages rising to £528, according to a new report from the Office for National Statistics.

Women to ‘work for free’ until 2016

Monday, 09 November 2015 | News

Women will effectively work for free from today until the end of the year due to the difference between average male and female earnings.

Pensions awareness campaign fronted by furry monster

Wednesday, 21 October 2015 | News

A new campaign aimed at educating small business owners about the need to enroll their staff into a workplace pension has been launched – by a furry character known as ‘Workie’.

Can I claim any benefits now that my wife’s tax credits have been cut?

Thursday, 08 October 2015 | Question and Answer

As you are over state pension age, if you have not done so already, you could claim state retirement pension, which is provided if you have paid and been credited with sufficient National Insurance contributions.

Parents to see child benefit docked for unpaid truancy fines

Tuesday, 06 October 2015 | News

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.