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

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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Are the Cost of Living payments unfair because they create a ‘cliff edge’?

November 18, 2022 – Phil Agulnik

Our Director shares his thoughts on the new Cost of Living payments for people on means-tested benefits announced in yesterday's Autumn Statement. Read to find out why he says they’re welcome but also the way they’ve been structured makes them far from perfect.

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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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