Mark Willis

  • Tax credits: win some, lose some more

    Issue 221 (April 2011)
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    Mark Willis looks at the impact of the new rules affecting tax credits which came into force on 6 April 2011.

  • Tax credits update

    Issue 216 (June 2010)
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    Mark Willis explains some recent changes to the tax credits rules and looks at possible future reform by the new Government.

  • Tax credit crunch

    Issue 209 (April 2009)
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    Tax credits were designed to be responsive and flexible, supposedly delivering support to reflect families' current needs and resources. Mark Willis looks at how the system responds to the effects of the recession.

  • Tax credits: changes and performance

    Issue 201 (February 2008)
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    Nearly five years on, and the tax credits scheme still appears to be a work in progress. Mark Willis looks at some of the latest changes and performance.

  • Refugees and benefits

    Issue 215 (April 2010)
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    Mark Willis examines the rights of refugees to claim benefits and the problems that can arise.

  • Tax-free childcare - what's in it for low-income families?

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    By Mark Willis, Welfare Rights Adviser at CPAG in Scotland

    The government has been busy promoting its new tax-free childcare scheme, with its own Twitter hashtag, infographics on Flickr, and even a Facebook photo album. These proudly boast that a working family with two children can save up to £4,000 a year. The ‘top ten things to know about tax-free childcare’ announces the scheme will be simpler, fairer, and available to families earning over £52 a week and not more than £150,000 per year. However, low income families need to know that tax-free childcare offers them nothing - and could even leave them significantly worse off if they apply for it.