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Published on 22 May 2006
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Few will have missed the negative press coverage of the Government’s proposals in this year’s Budget to tighten up the inheritance tax rules on trusts. LITRG now has one overriding concern. That is – how will the new rules affect trusts for disabled people? That worry is shared by charities in the field, particularly those concerned with mental health.

Published on 28 April 2006
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HMRC’s recent consultation exercise on Modernising powers, deterrents and safeguards fails to reflect wider social and legal developments, whereby individuals are viewed as citizens who have rights which must be respected. This is the key message in LITRG’s response.

Published on 24 April 2006
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For years and years the Cabinet Office has promoted the idea that joined-up government is working. But a quick browse of the LITRG website will show that lack of joined-up government makes life extremely complex for those on low incomes. The latest example to demonstrate how far we have to go to achieve that goal has just been produced by the Department of Health (DOH)

Published on 10 April 2006
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A year ago we identified the possible downsides of taking childcare vouchers from your employer if you were on a low or modest income. We also criticised the lack of HMRC guidance. A year on, the traps are even worse and the HMRC guidance remains inadequate. We are concerned that this could be developing into a mis-selling scandal.

Published on 6 April 2006
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LITRG, in concert with other bodies, has cautioned the government not to move too quickly in changing the tax law around trusts without considering the wider ramifications.

Published on 6 April 2006
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The LITRG has called for the problematic interactions between Council Tax/Council Tax Benefit and Working Tax Credit to be given proper consideration. The Group has made this call in its responses to the Lyons Inquiry Interim Report and Consultation Paper issued in December 2005.

Published on 30 March 2006
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This is a second consultation document published on 30 March 2006 and follows our previous release of 14 June 2005, which was issued in the first round of this consult

Published on 24 March 2006
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This further submission to the Select Committee’s inquiry into reform of incapacity benefits and Pathways to Work gives a welcome to the overall intention of the welfare reform green paper to help people with disabilities and long term health problems to participate in employment, and highlights important issues missing from the Government’s analysis and proposals.

Published on 24 March 2006
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According to an article recently published on the BBC Radio 4 Money Box website, if you are in receipt of certain benefits including Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit and Pension Credit, you might be eligible to receive a rebate off your gas and electricity bill via the British Gas rebate scheme.

Published on 24 March 2006
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This further submission to the Select Committee’s inquiry into reform of incapacity benefits and Pathways to Work welcomes the overall intention of the welfare r