tax credits

  • Family budgets hit by ‘Bad Friday’ bombshell

    April 4, 2012
    press release

    Commenting on the multi-billion pound cuts set to hit ordinary families on Good Friday, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

    “This year’s holiday will feel more like ‘Bad Friday’ for millions of families as they come to terms with over £2 billion of cuts.

    “Some of the poorest working families will lose thousands of pounds from their annual income, leaving them in a desperate struggle to pay for basics like groceries, clothes and household bills.

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  • Family finances hit by £2.3 billion bombshell in April

    April 1, 2013
    press release

    Low income households will have their family finances hit by multiple cuts this month. The main cuts are:

    1. Bedroom Tax (housing benefit penalties for excess rooms in social sector) - £490m
    2. Council tax benefit localised and devolved budgets cut by 10% - £485m
    3. Local housing allowance annual uprate at CPI (instead of RPI) - £90m
    4. Benefit cap introduced - £290m
    5. Tax credit disregard for in-year increases reduced to £5,000 - £455m
    6. Working age benefits and tax credits: uprating capped at 1% - £505m

    Total losses - £2,315m

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  • February tax credits and early years ebulletin

    18 February 2015
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    Read our latest e-bulletin which includes: new factsheet; universal credit expansion; Tax-free childcare: increase for disabled children; Smith Commission; Caselaw; and more.

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  • First thoughts on the ‘National Living Wage’


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    A substantial increase in the National Minimum Wage for over-25s (or National Living Wage, as Osborne’s re-badging has it) can only be a good thing for low-paid workers. It should be celebrated. That much, at least, is clear.

  • Latest tax credits ebulletin

    15 April 2016
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    Read our latest ebulletin which includes: Recovery of overpayments; Maternity and sickness; Caselaw; Q&A: Hardship payments due to in-year recovery; and more.

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  • Latest tax credits and early years e-bulletin

    17 December 2014
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    Read our latest e-bulletin which includes: training; factsheets; Autumn Statement 2014; new rates from April 2015; penalties up and appeals down.

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  • Latest tax credits and early years e-bulletin

    30 July 2014
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    Read our latest e-bulletin which includes: cascade training, factsheet, renewals - online option extended, statistics, caselaw, and more.

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  • Latest tax credits and early years ebulletin

    22 December 2015
    news

    Read our latest ebulletin which includes: factsheets; Tax credit rates from April 2016;  Early Warning System: Tax Credits Policy Bulletin;  Tax credits toolkit; and Q&A: Concentrix complaints.

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  • Latest tax credits ebulletin

    28 February 2013
    news

    Read our latest ebulletin which looks at: loss of working tax credit for benefit offences; childcare and child poverty; fraud and error; caselaw; and more.

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  • Minimum wage rise below inflation tightens squeeze on families

    March 20, 2012
    press release

    Commenting on the decision by Ministers to adopt the proposals of the Low Pay Commission for a rise in the National Minimum wage below inflation, and a freeze for younger workers, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

    “This is another turn of the screw on families working hard in the lowest paid jobs.

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