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Published on 10 November 2005
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In our evidence to the Work and Pensions Committee of MPs on the proposed reform of incapacity benefit, LITRG calls for a comprehensive integrated approach involving tax, social security and employment services, to help promote employment for disabled people.

Published on 9 November 2005
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By the end of 2006, the Government expect to have completed its programme of migrating child elements for all Income Support and Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) claimants to the child tax credit system. This article explains what is in the Government's latest announcement.

Published on 8 November 2005
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Members of LITRG's disability team were pleased to be invited to address the Parliamentary All-Party Group on Disability at their meeting on 11 October. This gave us the opportunity to raise awareness among parliamentarians of our December 2003 Report, Disability in Tax and Related Benefits: The Case for a Modern and Coherent Approach - the report can be accessed below.

Published on 7 November 2005
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During questioning by MPs on the House of Commons Treasury Sub-Committee, the Paymaster General (the minister responsible for tax credits) announced that, subject to final testing of procedures, automatic recovery of disputed tax credit overpayments will be suspended from the middle of November.

Published on 3 November 2005
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In this information article we have outlined the basic changes in tax, tax credit and benefits which will take place when the provisions of the Civil Partnership Act 2004 (CPA) come into force in December 2005. Of necessity we can only cover the essential details of the areas most likely to be affected.

Published on 20 October 2005
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Eighteen months ago we were critical of the Inland Revenue for not publishing their service standards when their codes of practice committed them to do so. Subsequent to our article partial standards were quickly published for 2004/05.

Published on 17 October 2005
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It is one part of HMRC's long-term strategy to direct its customers primarily to the telephone for help or guidance. Contact Centres are the places where people are directed for that telephone assistance. The problems with the tax credit telephone helpline are now legendary.

Published on 13 October 2005
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According to a recent report in the Guardian (Thursday 6 October), more than one million families have not renewed their tax credits claim by the deadline of 30 September. There is also anecdotal evidence of many claimants deciding not to renew because they no longer wish to receive tax credits after being badly treated by the system. But delaying can be dangerous.

Published on 11 October 2005
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In giving evidence to a team reviewing HMRC's on-line services, LITRG has said that the Department must not lose sight of the interests of those who cannot cope with an on-line environment. Already there are worrying signs that HMRC are turning to on-line only services in the drive to cut costs.

Published on 11 October 2005
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A year ago we pointed out in our article on this website Revenue incapable on incapacity benefit how their information and service for those claiming this benefit was totally inadequate. We had the impression that "something would be done" but it seems we were mistaken.