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ESA Changes

User AvatarPosted by Polly Tyler at 31/05/2012 11:48:43

From April 2012 Contribution based Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), is time limited to 12 months for those people in the Work-Related Activity Group (but not those people in the Support Group.) Any time already spent on Contribution Based ESA (ie before the rules changed in April) will count towards the 12 month period. See our Employment and Support Allowance page for further information

Tax Credit Renewals - the deadline is looming

Posted by Polly Tyler at 31/05/2012 11:40:18
Make sure you return your Tax Credit renewal form by 31st July, otherwise your claim will stop and you may have an overpayment that you will have to pay back. You can contact the Tax Credit Office on 0845 300 3900. See our Tax Credit page for further information about your claim.

Income Support Changes

Posted by Polly Tyler at 31/05/2012 11:39:03
If your youngest child is 5 or older you can no longer make a new claim for Income Support as a lone parent. Instead you must claim Jobseeker's Allowance. Lone parents with existing Income Support claims and children aged 5 or 6 will be moved onto Jobseeker's Allowance shortly.

Changes to Tax Credits

Posted by Charlotte Robertson at 11/05/2012 11:57:05

The Income limit for Child Tax Credit has gone down


In the previous tax year (2011-2012) if your income was not over £41,300, you would probably have qualified for Child Tax Credit. However, from the 6th April 2012 if you have:


·        One child and your annual income is over £26,000


·        Two children and your annual income is over £32,200


You may not be able to qualify for Child Tax Credit. However, you may still qualify for example if you pay for registered child care, are disabled, or have more than one or two children.

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