Benefits and tax credits that are linked to inflation rise by 1.7% in April 2020, marking the end of the four-year freeze that affected many such payments. Further increases have been made to Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit and Local Housing Allowance in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The triple lock delivers a 3.9% increase to the Basic and New State Pension.…Read more
Briefing on the legislation increasing the State Pension age for women born in the 1950s, and the campaigns against it…Read more
This briefing sets out the background to Spring Budget 2020 which will take place on 11 March 2020. The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) will publish revised forecasts for the economy and public finances on the same day.
Universal Credit (UC) is replacing means-tested benefits and tax credits for people of working age…Read more
How can we ensure people have adequate income through retirement from their pensions? …Read more
Facts, figures and sources information on public service pensions…Read more
On Wednesday 2 October, there will be a Westminster Hall debate at 4.30pm entitled “Performance of child maintenance service in recovering payments from absent parents”, led by Peter Grant.
At 2.30 pm on 23 July 2019 there will be a Westminster Hall debate on the effectiveness of the child maintenance service. This debate will be led by Martyn Day MP…Read more
Looks at some of the issues currently raised in connection with Pension Credit – including the introduction of changes for ‘mixed age couples’…Read more
This House of Commons Debate Pack briefing has been published in advance of an Estimates Day debate on the spending of the Department for Work and Pensions. This will take place in the House of Commons chamber on Tuesday 2nd July 2019.…Read more
This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides information about the number of carers in the UK and the issues they face. It also explains the rights, benefits and support available to carers as well as current an previous Government policy on caring.…Read more
Looks at the annual allowance and lifetime allowance – which limit the amount that can be saved tax-free in a pension – and the reductions in those allowance since 2010…Read more
A look at how UK pensions compare with those in other countries. The note compares the UK state pension with similar systems in Europe and goes on to look more broadly at the structural differences in the sources of pensioner income across economically advanced countries.…Read more
On 24 April, there will be a Westminster Hall debate entitled “Ten years of the work capability assessment in relation to employment support allowance and universal credit”. The debate is sponsored by Laura Pidcock MP and will start at 2:30pm.…Read more
Committee stage of the Fisheries Bill 2017-19 in the House of Commons was completed on 17 December 2018. The Bill will allow the UK to manage fisheries within its territorial waters once it has left the Commons Fisheries Policy. There is no date set for Report.…Read more
Looks at why the UK state pension is not uprated in some overseas countries, the debates on this policy and the recent legal challenge. …Read more