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.
We are delighted that the 2017 Citizens Advice Surrey Heath Golf Day was another successful event, helped by a blue sky and sunshine – not something you can always guarantee in April. It was held again at the prestigious Berkshire Golf Club but this time the 24 teams of golfers played the Blue Course after last year playing the Red Course.
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 last year has been a very busy one for Citizens Advice Surrey Heath.
As well as helping over 2,500 local people who phoned or visited us, we advised well over 1,000 people via our new email and webchat service. We also provided advice in the homes of people who were unable to travel.
Our Quiz Night was held on 7th October at St Paul’s Church.
The event was a great success with 18 teams totaling 150 participants and over £1,700 was raised. The prizes were presented by the High Sheriff of Surrey with the Mayor of Surrey Heath’s team in first place.