You are likely to be switched to Universal Credit by 2022 if you or your partner already receive one of the following benefits.
– Child Tax Credits
– Working Tax Credits
– Housing Benefit
– Income Support
– Income-based Job Seekers’ Allowance
This is a question Citizens Advice is very frequently asked. If you’re already in the UK, a non-EU/EEA spouse (husband, wife or civil partner) will need a visa to join you to live for over 6 months. They’ll need to make the application from outside the UK.
Your spouse can initially stay 33 months and then renew their visa in the UK for another 2 years and 6 months.
A popular query on the national Citizens Advice website is what help is available if you’re on a low income. If you’re of working age but not earning enough to get by, here are some options.
Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction
Both of these benefits are provided by Surrey Heath Borough Council.
New inheritance tax (IHT) rules mean that most home owners can now pass on their property free of tax, without the need for legal trusts or other complex arrangements. But if you don’t have a will and are not married (or in a civil partnership) you won’t qualify for the maximum 1 million pounds allowance.
A Citizens Advice survey has revealed that over 16 million adults a year in the UK sign up for subscription services which take regular payments from their credit card.
It found that 2 million have had a request to cancel their credit card payments declined – and that a shocking 84% did not realise they had signed up to the subscription in the first place!
If you are receiving unwanted calls or texts, here are some steps you can take.
Malicious calls or texts
If you receive abusive or harassing calls or texts you should immediately contact the customer service department of your phone network company. They can help you block calls and texts or can start criminal investigations.
Over 2 million people if the UK have a Blue Badge. You may be entitled to one too if you’re disabled or have a health condition that affects your mobility, or if you care for a child with a health condition.
As well as free parking in the UK, a Blue Badge also exempts you from London congestion charging and it is recognised in all European countries.
The new round of government welfare reforms which started in November will freeze most working age social security benefits, lower the existing benefit caps and remove some disability benefits. Here’s a quick guide to what’s happening and who will be affected.
The lowered benefit cap
The maximum total of benefits for a family with children has been reduced from £23,000 to £20,000 (£13,400 for single claimants without children).
The long-awaited Universal Credit benefit system will be introduced in Surrey Heath on 29th February.
The existing messy welfare system involves lots of different working age benefit payments made at different times. It can often result in a situation where someone can be better off working fewer hours or even not working at all.