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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.

Back-pay bill ‘could bankrupt learning disabilities sector’

HMRC’s pursuit of backdated payments for workers providing sleep-in care could cost sector £400m, says Royal Mencap Society.

Social care providers to escape fines for minimum wage violations

Concerns that minimum wage enforcement activity could destabilise an already struggling social care sector.

Time is running out to renew your tax credits – just one week to go

960,000 households still haven't renewed their tax credits and face having their payments stopped.

Disability charity says it will face crisis if forced to pay minimum wage

Mencap loses appeal against ruling that it was wrong to have paid a support worker £29.05 for nine-hour sleep-in shift.

Call for prosecutions as record number of ‘minimum wage dodgers’ named and shamed

Unions have called for tougher prosecutions and higher fines for employers who "deliberately flout the law".

Mhairi Black MP: Concentrix tax credits ‘shambles’ must never happen again

Thousands of families faced financial hardship after their vital tax credit payments were wrongly stopped.

Families stripped of tax credits by Concentrix to have cases reviewed

Government decision comes after barrage of complaints that HMRC contractor was wrongly removing benefits from claimants.

HMRC criticised over handling of benefit sanctions contract

Watchdog says tax officials increased commission paid to outsourcing firm Concentrix despite evidence of failure.

MPs damn US firm over ‘cut first, think later’ approach to tax credit claimants

Concentrix and HMRC castigated by Commons committee after fraud reduction strategy saw thousands wrongly stripped of benefits.

Concentrix accused of ‘reign of terror’ against tax credits claimants

A US outsourcing company has been accused of exercising a “reign of terror” over people who claim tax credits.

Only three out of 700 firms prosecuted for paying below minimum wage

More than 13,000 workers underpaid by over £3.5m since 2014, but HMRC prosecution rate remain paltry despite employers breaking law.

Treasury refuses to hold inquiry into Concentrix tax credits contract

Despite cross-party criticism of mistakes made by the firm, Treasury says there is no need ‘to go into inquiries etc etc'.

‘Reign of terror’ tax credit company loses HMRC contract

US firm Concentrix heavily criticised by Frank Field will not be given further work by tax collector.

Worker rights watchdog fails to bring a single prosecution in a year

Labour attacks record of Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate after funding cut by more than 50% since 2010.

Pension freedom withdrawals accelerate to top £6bn

More than 770,000 over-55s have taken an average of £11,000 each out of their pots, raising concern many may run out of cash.

HMRC Tax Credit Debt Collectors Treat People Worse Than Private Companies

Only 12% of CAB advisers say tax credits overpayment collections offered people affordable repayment plans.

HMRC Fails To Answer Hundreds Of Thousands Of Tax Credit Calls

System could collapse by next spring, say critics, as HMRC website reveals shocking tally of unanswered and terminated calls.

Tory Government Colluding With Big Business Tax Avoiders, Union Claims

The Government has been accused of effectively colluding with big business in helping them to avoid paying National Insurance.

Firms Flouting The Minimum Wage Not Prosecuted In The Past Year

Coalition under fire over pledge to get tough, while food bank boss says ministers must protect people ‘on the edge’

Universal Credit: HMRC To Stop Paying Tax Credits

The changes, revealed in October's issue of the DWP's Touchbase magazine, come into force immediately and will affect all existing and new Universal Credit claimants.

Only Two Weeks Left To Renew Your Tax Credits, Warns HMRC

Claimants must renew their tax credits by the 31 July or run the risk of having their payments stopped, say HMRC.




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.

Terminally ill to be given priority over benefit underpayments, says McVey

Work and Pensions Secretary vowed to prioritise "any individuals whom we know from our systems to be terminally ill".