Updated 10th May 2017
Most of the benefits payable in the UK are administered and controlled by the DWP – The Department of Work and Pensions. These benefits normally have rules, regulations and qualifying criteria set by the government department and are applied on a national basis. If you live in Basildon or Birmingham – or anywhere else in England and Wales – the regulations for claiming and receiving these benefits will be the same. There are also regional differences which we will point out on each page of information relating to the DWP benefit that you are claiming.
There are other benefits payments available which are covered by your local authority council – such as housing benefit, and those administered by the HMRC, which are generally based upon ‘credits’ rather than actual benefits payments.
Once you start trying to claim benefits rights, you could be excused for thinking that the government is ganging up on you or making benefits hard to claim. The basic reality is that over many years the benefits system has become more complicated as new benefits have been introduced, over a wide range of individual government departments. The benefits system is still complex, but getting better – if not always seeming to be fair to you.
Benefits for families - Including Child Trust Funds rules and regulations, childcare benefits and payments and the
Referenced and full details from https://www.gov.uk/browse/benefits
March 9th 2017
***Child Tax Credit - From April this year the ‘family element’ of £545 per year will be abolished.***
March 8th 2017
**MPs are calling for a halt to the accelerating roll-out of Universal Credit as the ongoing problems are causing undue and unnecessary hardship**
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