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Spring Budget 2024: Child Benefit shake-up confirmed to fix 'unfairness' in system – a major campaign win for Martin Lewis and MSE

The Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has revealed plans to address the "unfairness" in the current Child Benefit system. This follows extensive campaigning on the issue by (MSE) and its founder Martin Lewis.

6 March 2024

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt admits Child Benefit 'unfairness' during Martin Lewis grilling

The Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has admitted that there is an "unfairness" in the current Child Benefit system, which means some families get less (or no) support as a result of "overcomplicated" tax rules. Mr Hunt made the comments during a grilling from founder Martin Lewis.

10 January 2024

Martin Lewis: Child Benefit warning for couples – are you missing out on £1,000s in future state pension payments?

If you're in a couple and claiming Child Benefit – or aren't claiming because one of you earns £60,000 or more a year – you could be missing out on £1,000s or even £10,000s in future state pension payments.

28 November 2023

Warning: Taken time off work to look after kids? You could be owed state pension – here's how to check and claim

If you stayed at home to care for family, as far back as 1978, your national insurance record may have been hit with errors that could see you missing out on £1,000s in state pension payments. Below we explain how to check and claim.

1 September 2022

Universal credit and other benefits to rise from today - how to check you're not missing out

Millions of people will see a slight increase to their benefit payments starting from this month. Benefits such as universal credit, child benefits and state pension payments will see a rise. Here’s everything you need to know.

11 April 2022

Get Healthy Start vouchers? You need to apply for a prepaid card to receive payments from March or you'll miss out

From 31 March NHS Healthy Start paper vouchers will no longer be issued and will instead be swapped for prepaid cards, under a new shake-up to the scheme. So, make sure you register now or you’ll miss out on payments. Here’s all you need to know.

9 February 2022

Warning – 200,000 risk losing £1,000s as 'wrong' parent claims child benefit

Around 200,000 families risk one parent missing out on national insurance credits - and potentially losing £1,000s from their future state pension - because the higher earner in the couple claims child benefit, new data shows. Here's how to check if your family is affected, and transfer national insurance credits across if needed

23 November 2019

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

Child benefit fines wiped for 6,000 parents

HMRC is cancelling penalties for over 6,000 parents and guardians who were fined for not registering for the high income benefit charge

6 June 2019

Have you been missing out on tax credits for your disabled child? You could be owed £1,000s

Thousands of households entitled to refund from the Government after missing out on tax credits for disabled children

28 November 2016