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Children in Wales in reception, year one and year two to get free school meals by April 2023 - here's all you need to know

All reception year schoolchildren in Wales will start receiving free meals from September this year, with pupils in year one and year two to get free meals by April 2023, the Welsh Government has announced. It's expected that all 200,000 primary school children in Wales will receive free school meals by 2024.

21 June 2022

More than 2.5 million people to be moved onto universal credit from today, leaving 900,000 worse off - here's all you need to know

More than 2.5 million people on legacy benefits will start to be moved over to universal credit from today in an automatic process that was previously halted due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Government's own figures show that the move could leave 900,000 people worse off – though many others will see their circumstances improved. Here's all you need to know.

9 May 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

Martin Lewis: Up to 7 million missing out on benefits they're entitled to - are you?

Up to seven million people in the UK are missing out on benefits they're entitled to, according to MSE founder Martin Lewis in the latest episode of his ITV show.

24 January 2022

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

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

Budget 2021: Universal credit £20/week uplift to continue for a further six months

Universal credit claimants will continue to get a £20/week uplift to their payments for a further six months, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has confirmed in his Budget 2021 today.

3 March 2021

Martin Lewis: 'Big cut in universal credit for many self-employed coming on 13 November – contact your MP if hit'

MSE founder Martin Lewis has warned of the "sinkhole" waiting for many self-employed people in November, when the planned return of the universal credit "minimum income floor" rule could slash payments, as they'll be assumed to have more income than they do

27 October 2020

New pension credit rules could cost some with younger partners £7,000 a year

Pensioners who live in a couple will only be able to make a new claim for pension credit when both partners are over the state pension age, under new rules to come into effect in May

15 January 2019

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