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Benefits recipients to receive a £10 Christmas bonus – who’ll get it?

If you are eligible, the money should be paid automatically but you can claim if you think you've wrongly missed out.

6 December 2021

Get tax credits or child benefit paid into a Post Office card account? Set up an alternative account now or your payments will stop

Around 19,000 people who get tax credits, child benefit or guardian's allowance paid into a Post Office card account need to take action urgently as HMRC will stop making payments into these accounts after 30 November.

30 November 2021

Autumn Budget 2021: Universal Credit cash boost confirmed for millions of workers but £20 uplift won't return

The taper rate, which is the amount Universal Credit payments are reduced by when you're in work, will fall from 63% to 55%.

27 October 2021

Coronavirus Universal Credit & Benefits

If you're suddenly unable to work due to the coronavirus crisis, or you've been laid off, this guide looks at what benefits you can claim, what you're entitled to under universal credit plus tells you how to make a claim.

1 October 2021

Martin Lewis explains the financial help you can get if you've been 'pinged' and told to self-isolate by the Covid app or NHS Test & Trace

Over 600,000 people in England and Wales were 'pinged' and told to self-isolate by the NHS Covid-19 app between 8 and 14 July, new figures show. If you're one of them, there's a range of financial support you could get.

22 July 2021

Campaigners call for action to fix 'absurd' universal credit flaws stopping vulnerable people getting help managing benefits

Campaigners have called on the Government to fix "absurd flaws" with the benefits system that prevent vulnerable people from getting help from family and friends to manage their Universal Credit accounts. Without this help, campaigners warn claimants ultimately risk losing their benefits.

26 May 2021

More than 85,000 universal credit claimants could see payments rise from today after rule change

More than 85,000 universal credit claimants could see an increase to their payments from today after a Government rule change came into force

16 November 2020

Scottish parents can now apply for a £250 grant for school-age children

Applications are now open for a new £250 payment for low-income families in Scotland, which is paid when your child is old enough to start school

10 June 2019

Over £10 billion of benefits left unclaimed

Government figures released today show that up to an estimated £10.1 billion of pension credit, housing benefit and income support were left unclaimed in a single year

15 November 2018

Budget 2018: What you need to know, incl changes to tax, benefits, Premium Bonds & more

Read our full round-up of the Chancellor Philip Hammond's 2018 Budget

30 October 2018