LRD Booklets April 2000

State Benefits 2000

Introduction (639 words)

This 2000 edition of the Labour Research's Department's annual guide to state benefits aims to provide a comprehensive but straightforward explanation of the full ...

Job Seeker's Allowance (1963 words)

Job Seeker's Allowance (JSA) is the main benefit available to those who are unemployed and seeking work. The JSA personal allowance is taxable but ...

Statutory Sick Pay (1217 words)

If you are in paid work but fall ill for a period of four or more days in a row you may qualify for ...

Incapacity Benefit (1247 words)

Incapacity Benefit is a contributions-based benefit paid to qualifying individuals excluded from Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) (see page 11) and to those with a ...

Benefits for Disabled People and their Carers (1206 words)

If you have an illness or disability and are working you may be entitled to Disabled Person's Tax Credit (see page 66). If you ...

Benefits for an industrial injury or disease (1394 words)

The industrial injuries benefit scheme provides compensation through state benefits. The main benefit is Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB). Claimants do not have to ...

Maternity Benefits (1406 words)

You have the legal right not to be dismissed or made redundant for pregnancy-related reasons during your pregnancy and for the whole of your ...

Child Benefit (223 words)

Child Benefit (CB) is a tax free benefit paid to those responsible for looking after a child. ...

Benefits for Widows (984 words)

If your husband dies you may be entitled to widow's benefits. These include: ...

Retirement Pension (1676 words)

If you are nearing pension age - 65 for a man, 60 for a woman born before 6 April 1950 (but see page 00 ...

Means-tested Benefits (305 words)

Calculating "applicable amounts" for means-tested benefits ...

Income Support (1641 words)

Income Support is a means-tested benefit available to those whose income is below a certain level. ...

Housing Benefit (1410 words)

Housing Benefit (HB) is a means-tested benefit to help those on a low income with the cost of their rent or similar payments (such ...

Council Tax Benefit (1448 words)

Council Tax Benefit (CTB) is a mean-tested benefit available to help those on a low income with the cost of their Council Tax. ...

Working Families Tax Credit (819 words)

Working Families Tax Credit (WFTC) is a new tax credit payable since October 1999 to low or middle income families who are working 16 ...

Disabled Person's Tax Credit (781 words)

Disabled Person's Tax Credit (DPTC) is a new tax credit payable to people with an illness or disability who are in work. It is ...

The Social Fund (902 words)

The social fund is a government fund that makes payments to people in certain circumstances. To be eligible, you must be in receipt of ...

Further help and information (316 words)

This LRD booklet aims to provide a general guide to state benefits. You may also need specific advice about your individual situation. Your union ...