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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.

Higher rate UK taxpayers gain most in budget changes

Rise in personal tax allowance benefits higher ratepayers by £340 a year with basic rate band £70 better off and universal credit recipients better by just 50p per week.

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!

Tories forced to clarify tax credits ‘rape clause’ policy

UK Government continue to defend the indefensible 'rape clause' and two-child tax credits policy, says SNP MP.

Universal Credit will push a MILLION more children into poverty, report warns

Tories accused of a “colossal failure of public policy”, as charity warns years of cuts have created "an austerity generation whose childhoods and life chances will be scarred".

Universal credit flaw puts new welfare system at odds with free school meals

Thinktank says unless design problem is addressed, government could face a £600m bill.

Labour leadership hopeful says new tax credit proposal could lift 50,000 children out of poverty

The proposal would see an extra £10 a week go to children from low-income Scottish families.

Universal Credit roll-out ‘depressing news for poorer families’

Chair of the Work and Pensions Committee, Frank Field MP, has criticised the DWP's decision to press ahead with the 'flawed' Universal Credit system.

‘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.

Britain’s unclaimed benefits: four million families miss out on £12.4 billion

Why aren't people entitled to benefits claiming them?

Scottish union blasts ‘despicable’ Tory social security policies

EIS President Nicola Fisher criticised unjust cuts to social security benefits affecting children and families.

Almost 90% of Universal Credit tenants are in rent arrears, warns Council

South Lanarkshire Council says tenants in receipt of universal credit have accrued rent arrears totaling more than half a million pounds.

Universal Credit will leave single parents up to £3,100 a year worse off, say Labour

Labour calls on the UK Government to halt the roll-out of its flagship Universal Credit system.

Universal Credit causing ‘considerable hardship’ for council housing tenants

Report calls on the government to halt the roll-out of Universal Credit until "the system works properly".

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.

Labour sounds alarm over rollout of universal credit rape clause into N Ireland

Opposition calls for parliamentary debate, saying women risk being criminalised if two-child limit is imposed in region.

Davidson under fire over failure to raise tax credit ‘rape clause’ with DWP

Alison Thewliss says the Scottish Tory leader clearly doesn't care about how the policy is affecting rape survivors.

Doctors union blasts ‘abhorrent attack on low income families and children’

British Medical Association condemns 'shameful' tax credits 'rape clause'.

‘Poverty pay should be outlawed’, says union

Government urged to introduce a 'real living wage' that reflects the rising cost of living.

Millions of working families ‘struggle to make ends meet’, report says

Government urged to lift the freeze on working-age benefits and tax credits.

Tax credits cap could break up families, UK Government told

Tories accused of 'callously' ignoring the financial needs of many of UK's poorest families.

Davidson accused of ‘shameless defense’ of Tory tax credit ‘rape clause’

SNP accuse Scottish Tory leader of falsely claiming that rape victims do not need to “fill out a multiple page form”.




Man missing part of his skull told he’s ‘not disabled enough’ for disability benefits

"You can literally feel my brain and the edges of my skull where it’s been cut off".

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.