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Cost of living payments could give a boost to benefit take-up

May 26, 2022 – Phil Agulnik Karen Holmes

Overall, the cost of living payment for people on means-tested benefits announced by the Chancellor will be a huge help for many. But, we have a message for those not claiming - check now to see if you're eligible.
UPDATED 6 JULY New claims for Pension Credit before 18 August will get the full £650 payment. Read the blog to find out more.

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Council Tax Reduction schemes in England 2022/23

May 18, 2022 – Phil Agulnik Karen Holmes

Our 2022 review of the Council Tax Reduction (CTR) schemes in England looks at the changes local authorities have made to their CTR schemes for 2022/23. It draws comparisons with previous survey results to discover trends in the type of CTR schemes being introduced by LAs. Read the blog for a summary of our findings and to access the full report.

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Increasing the National Insurance threshold does little to help benefit claimants

March 25, 2022 – Phil Agulnik

Our Director shares his thoughts on the Chancellor's NICs announcement at this week's Spring Statement. Most benefit claimants will see zero impact, many workers claiming Universal Credit will get around half the benefit other workers will enjoy and, for some, the increase in their net income will be even less.

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