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

High Income Child Benefit Charge changes: will there be winners and losers?

March 12, 2024 – Phil Agulnik

In our updated blog about the High Income Child Benefit Charge we look at the changes made by the Chancellor in last week's Spring Budget. It updates a pre Budget blog (also included) which considered changes needed to help make sure people claim what is theirs.

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Autumn statement update November 2023

November 23, 2023 – Wendy Alcock Phil Agulnik

Was it back to business as usual for the Chancellor yesterday with his announcements in the Autumn Statement on benefits uprating and the Local Housing Allowance (LHA)? Find out our view, and what other changes were announced, in our latest blog.

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Council Tax Reduction schemes in England 2023/24

May 16, 2023 – Karen Holmes Phil Agulnik

Our 2023 review of the Council Tax Reduction (CTR) schemes in England looks at the changes local authorities have made to their CTR schemes for 2023/24. The effect of the cost-of-living crisis dominated most council’s agendas this year. This blog provides a summary of our findings and links to the full report.

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Higher benefit rates mean workers need to check their entitlements

March 16, 2023 – Phil Agulnik

People with earnings that were previously too high to qualify for benefits may be entitled from April, explains our Director Phil Agulnik. Read his latest blog to find out how changes in the tax and benefits system are increasing the reach of means-tested support.

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Could settling disputes through back-pay put benefits at risk?

January 20, 2023 – Phil Agulnik

Using one-off payments to settle industrial disputes appears to be a growing trend. But employees who are claiming Universal Credit and receiving a lump sum payment from their employer need to understand the impact suggests our Director, Phil Agulnik, in his latest blog.

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