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Child Benefit and Tax Credit payment dates over Easter 2018

Some people could receive their benefits up to four days early this Easter - here's what you need to know.

Benefits and Tax Credits payment dates Christmas 2017

Check to see you'll receive benefit and tax credits early over the festive season. We have the official payment dates for you here!

‘Kinship carers’ denied thousands of pounds over two-child cap

Campaigners call for change to rules as people are denied tax credits for their own children after caring for young relatives.

Welfare shakeup ‘will push a quarter of a million children into poverty’

Analysis for the Guardian finds changes due on 6 April will also wipe thousands off payments for bereaved families.

Refusing child benefit payments could see new mums take a state pension hit

A failure to make an initial claim may see them lose £5,000.

EU Court To Back UK Limits On Migrants’ Access To Child Benefits

European court of justice set to throw out challenge by European commission over right to residence requirement.

Tories Plan ‘Stealth’ Raid On Child Benefit And In-Work Benefits

Half a million families will be stripped of child benefit over the next five years, under a series of “stealth” tax raids by George Osborne.

No Pre-School, No Child Benefit, Tory Thinktank Says In Report On Poverty

Bright Blue, a liberal Conservative pressure group, argues poverty can be cut if parents send their children to Sure Start centres.

Labour To Try To Scrap Tory Tax Credit Cuts With Changes To Welfare Bill

Shadow work and pensions secretary Owen Smith planning to table amendment to give Tory MPs last chance to reverse cuts.

Majority Of Scots Against Tory Welfare Cuts, Poll Shows

The majority of people in Scotland are opposed to further cuts to the welfare budget, according to a new poll.

Child Benefit Freeze Will Cost 3.9 Million Families More Than £2,000

Research by the TUC found that households with two children will lose £2017.60 over the next five years, due to a further freeze to child benefit.

Scrap Child Benefit And Tax Disability Benefits, Says Iain Duncan Smith’s Ex-Adviser

Child benefit should be scrapped and disability benefits taxed, Iain Duncan Smith's ex-welfare adviser has suggested.

Childcare Funding Gap Will Hit Stressed Parents, Citizens Advice Warns

Deal for 30-hour access must be properly funded and childcare providers encouraged to offer greater flexibility, says leading advice charity.

Downing Street Rejects Iain Duncan Smith Plan For New Limit On Child Benefit

Restricting child benefit payments to first two children advocated by work and pensions secretary – but ruled out by No 10.

Tories Consider Child Benefit Cuts – After Promising They Wouldn’t

One of the options being considered is limiting child benefit to no more than two children, saving an estimated £1bn a year.

80% Of Tory Welfare Cuts Will Hit Vulnerable Women, Experts Predict

Further welfare cuts will deepen the suffering of vulnerable women who are already struggling to make ends meet, says Trust Deed Scotland.

More Than 2 Million Children In Families Struggling To Pay For Essentials – Report

Below-inflation rises to child benefit and tax credits have led parents to cut spending on food, clothes or heat, says End Child Poverty group.

Labour Too Timid Under Ed Miliband, Tristram Hunt To Say

Shadow education secretary and leadership hopeful to set out three bold ideas on welfare, childcare and devolution he says former leader felt unable to embrace.

Iain Duncan Smith Back In Cabinet To Oversee £12bn In Welfare Cuts

Work and pensions secretary returns to his job, David Cameron has confirmed, ahead of full reshuffle announcement on Monday.

Cameron Avoids Ruling Out Child Benefit Cuts After Question Time Grilling

Prime minister again stops short of explicitly ruling out changes to child benefit in Leeds following Lib Dem leak on proposed plans from 2012.

Danny Alexander Exposes ‘Secret’ Tory Plans For £8bn In Welfare Cuts

Lib Dem chief secretary accuses Tories of ‘trying to con the British people’ by concealing until after the election plans for major reforms to child benefits and child tax credits.

Greens Would Double Child Benefit And Save Disabled Persons Fund

The Green Party has pledged to double Child Benefit and protect the Independent Living Fund from closure.




DWP underpaid benefits to 70,000 sick and disabled people, say auditors

DWP face an extra bill of up to £830 million in backdated Employment and Support Allowance payments.

Employment grant for disabled people to rise by £15k, but is it enough?

Critics argue £57k cap on 'Access To Work' scheme should be lifted completely.

Grieving daughter handed her mother’s ashes to benefits assessor to prove she wasn’t ‘fit for work’

Inexcusable and heartless blunder by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Scrap ‘highly regressive’ council tax, says thinktank

Resolution Foundation says levy now resembles much maligned poll tax and should be replaced with more progressive system.

Tory welfare cuts ‘£3bn deeper than expected’

New figures reveal the freeze on working age benefits will erode household incomes much more deeply than originally forecast.

Corbyn urged to win votes by pledging £10bn more on care for disabled elderly

Fabian Society research identifies shortfall in funding for 1.2 million older people.