How to claim & what you can get
Universal credit is a controversial new benefit designed to simplify the welfare system. It combines six benefits into one single payment, but the roll-out has been plagued by delays to payments, which have left tens of thousands of vulnerable people in rental arrears and some even dependent on food banks.
How to claim child tax credit and working tax credit, renew or appeal
Tax credits can mean a payout, potentially in the £1,000s, even after recent cuts. Unlike many other benefits, you MUST renew them each year. Most people will now have to claim universal credit, but some can still make new child tax credit claims.
Help With Childcare Costs
Get £1,000s in tax credits & Tax-Free Childcare
Whether you've a wee tot or big teen, the costs of childcare can be massive. Figures show the average cost for part-time childcare is now £127/week. Yet 100,000s of working parents are missing out on £1,000s of help with childcare costs.
Stamp Duty Calculator
Plus full Q&A on stamp duty land tax
The pace of house price rises may have slowed in recent months, but more and more homebuyers are having to pay stamp duty land tax, though what exact rate you pay depends on the property’s price. For some first-time buyers – including shared ownership – stamp duty has been abolished.
Tax Rates 2019/20
Break down what the taxman gets
Nothing's as certain as death and taxes. Yet while there's no doubt we'll all be taxed, the rates can change rapidly. Will you pay income tax at the basic rate of 20% or will you end up in the higher-rate 40% tax bracket (or 19%, 21% or 41% in Scotland)?
Top Charity Giving Sites
Choose the best fundraising site
When running the marathon in a gorilla suit, or climbing the three peaks for charity, many people pick the best-known sites JustGiving or Virgin Money Giving to host their page. But it's worth doing your homework, as the amount your charity will get varies depending on the site.
Government scheme gives you up to £2,000 per child
Tax-Free Childcare gives eligible families up to £2,000 a year per child towards childcare costs, for free. And it even pays towards activities such as summer clubs. Yet of the 1.6 million families eligible for the scheme, only about 315,000 are claiming. Here we explain how it works and how you can sign up.