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Welcome! Here you can read about our view on benefits changes with the odd update about our tools and services.

Budget update October 2021

October 27, 2021 – Wendy Alcock Phil Agulnik

We take a look at the benefits changes announced by the Chancellor In his second Budget this year. Plus our Director muses on the changes to Universal Credit taper rates and work allowances and what they might mean for claimants.

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Cash is king for helping families self-isolate

January 14, 2021 – Phil Agulnik

Would targeting benefits at families for them to buy IT equipment for home schooling help with the government’s attempts to reduce the spread of coronavirus? Our Director tells you why he thinks it could in his latest blog.

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Should the self-employed use SEISS to pay their tax bill?

November 30, 2020 – Phil Agulnik

As the third SEISS grant opens for applications our Director explains how the self-employed can eliminate the effect of their SEISS payment on their Universal Credit award with some careful planning.

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Does the Scottish Child Payment mean a move to a new Scottish benefits system?

November 04, 2020 – Phil Agulnik

With the launch of the Scottish Child Payment starting next week our Director, Dr Phil Agulnik, considers whether the cliff edge nature of this new passported benefit reduces incentives to work for some families. And possibly it also sets the course for a completely independent benefits system for Scotland!

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Some tips for Universal Credit claimants entitled to the self-employment income support scheme

May 07, 2020 – Phil Agulnik

For anyone eligible for the new Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) and also claiming Universal Credit the interaction of payment dates could have a big effect on their entitlement to the benefit. Self-employed people can start making claims for the SEISS from next Wednesday but in this blog our Director, Dr Phil Agulnik, asks ‘Should they hold fire’?

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