LRD Booklets March 2012

State benefits and tax credits 2012

Introduction (1,971 words)

State Benefits and Tax Credits 2012 is the revised edition of the Labour Research Department’s annual guide to the benefits system. It ...
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1. Help if you are on a low income, whether in or out of work (5,700 words)

There are a number of benefits — primarily Working Tax Credit, Income Support and Jobseeker’s Allowance — available to people ...
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2. Help if you are sick, injured at work or disabled (4,785 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 on whether you are at ...
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3. Benefits for parents and children (2,847 words)

Benefits available to help parents and guardians raise their children ...
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4. Tax Credits for parents and children (1,369 words)

Changes include a lower income limit for Child Tax Credit. For couples with at least one child, there are new working hours rules for Working Tax ...
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5. Retirement Pension and Pension Credit (2,316 words)

Once you reach the state pension age (currently 65 for men and rising from 60 to 65 for women), you may be able to claim a range of benefits to help ...
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6. Help with housing costs (2,433 words)

Means-tested benefits are available to people on low incomes to help with accommodation costs. Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefits cover rent ...
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7. Help if your husband, wife or civil partner dies (893 words)

If your husband, wife or civil partner dies, you may be entitled ...
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8. Calculating means-tested benefits (335 words)

Income Support (IS), income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), Housing Benefit (HB) and Council Tax Benefit (CTB) are means-tested benefits ...
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Further help and information (779 words)

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