Archive: Welfare

English lessons could be mandatory for some job seekers

Learn English or lose benefits, unemployed told

People must speak or be learning English to claim jobseekers allowance, under government plans announced today.

  • Official figures show £2 billion of pensions credit is still unclaimed

    £2bn pensions credit still unclaimed

    The government has insisted it is committed to increasing the take-up of the pensions credit after new figures show up to £2 billion still remains unclaimed.


    Tax credit reforms welcomed

    Plans to reform the tax credit system to make it more flexible and reduce the scope for overpayments have been broadly welcomed by campaigners.


    Tories warn of CSA enforcement costs

    The government has been forced to defend the Child Support Agency (CSA) once again as new figures suggest it is spending more on enforcement than it receives in payments.

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