LRD Booklets March 2011

State benefits and tax credits 2011

Introduction (1540 words)

State Benefits and Tax Credits 2011 is the latest edition of the Labour Research Department’s annual guide to the benefits system. It gives the ...

1. Help if you are on a low income, whether in or out of work (5903 words)

There are a number of benefits — primarily Working Tax Credit, Income Support and Jobseeker’s Allowance — available to people on low incomes, depending ...

2. Help if you are sick, injured at work or disabled (5882 words)

There are numerous benefits that you may be able to claim if you are sick, injured at work or disabled. What you get depends ...

3. Benefits and credits for parents and children (4072 words)

Benefits available to help parents and guardians raise their children include: ...

4. Retirement Pension and Pension Credit (2749 words)

Once you reach the state pension age (currently 65 for men and rising from 60 to 65 for women from 2010), you may be ...

5. Help with housing costs (3047 words)

Means-tested benefits are available to people on low incomes to help with accommodation costs. Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefits cover rent or similar ...

6. Help if your husband, wife or civil partner dies (923 words)

If your husband, wife or civil partner dies, you may be entitled to: ...

7. Calculating means-tested benefits (265 words)

Income Support (IS), income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), Housing Benefit (HB) and Council Tax Benefit (CTB) are means-tested benefits that depend on your income. This ...

Further help and information (828 words)

The state benefits system is run mainly by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), while HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) administers tax credits. ...