Tax credits - reporting changes

This factsheet sets out the main changes of circumstances that must be reported to HMRC, and how they affect a tax credits award.

Tax credits - a passport to other help

Having an award of child tax credit (CTC) or working tax credit (WTC) can sometimes mean that you are ‘passported’ to other assistance. This factsheet explains what other help is available in Scotland, and what other conditions you must meet. This leaflet focuses on tax credits, but other people, for example people on income support, can also qualify for help.

Tax credits and going back to work

This factsheet looks at tax credits for people who are starting work for the first time, or going back to work, for example after a period of illness, unemployment, study, childcare or caring responsibilities.

It contains information that is relevant UK wide.

Tax credits for people from abroad

This factsheet explains how people who have recently come to live in the UK can qualify for tax credits. To qualify for tax credits you must meet certain residence, presence and immigration conditions. There are special rules for returning British citizens, European nationals, asylum seekers, refugees and persons subject to immigration control.

Government and energy companies must act on Hills fuel poverty report

In response to the publication today of the Hills report on fuel poverty, the Head of Policy for Child Poverty Action Group, Imran Hussain, said:

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Open letter calls on Prime Minster to reconsider child benefit cuts

A group of organisations representing women, mothers and working families has written an open letter to the Prime Minister calling on him to reconsider the three year freeze of child benefit and the clawback of the benefit for families with a higher rate taxpayer. The organisations are also backing CPAG's Save Child Benefit campaign.

Reg Bailey, Chief Executive from the Mothers Union, said:

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Universal credit

Level: Standard

The introduction of universal credit (UC) represents a fundamental change to the system of 'legacy benefits' and tax credits it is replacing.

This one day course covers:

• the aims and principles of UC;
• the roll out of UC in 'gateway' and 'full service' areas;
• who can claim UC;
• how it is calculated;
• claims, payments and disputing decisions;
• conditionality and sanctions

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Universal credit: the basic facts and how it will operate

Universal credit is a new benefit that will be introduced in October 2013, replacing current means-tested benefits and tax credits for working-age people. This factsheet outlines what is currently known about universal credit and how it will work.

 

Welfare reform: what it means to families at risk of poverty

The Coalition Government has targeted the social security budget with unprecedented cuts in expenditure totalling £22 billion a year by 2014-15.

This factsheet is a summary of the reforms, and the impact on families.

Universal credit

This factsheet outlines the process by which universal credit will replace many existing benefits and summarises the main rules affecting claimants. It has been updated to include changes from January 2018, and a revised timetable for Scotland from the DWP.