A Quick Recap on Brexit
Back in June 2016, the result of a referendum was that 51.9% of voters chose to Leave the EU. David Cameron stepped down as Prime Minister of the UK, and Theresa May replaced him. She triggered Article 50 on 29th March 2017. This legislation means that the UK has two years to negotiate our withdrawal with the rest of the EU states. However, the deadline is fast approaching. The UK is due to leave the EU at 11pm on Friday 29th March 2019. Theresa May has finally drafted an agreement with the EU, as well as a political declaration outlining future relations. UK Parliament will be voting on the agreement on 11th December 2018. It will then go to a vote in the European Parliament if it passes. If not, the UK could face leaving the EU with no deal, which would result in chaos. Formal negotiations on any official Brexit deal will only get underway when Brexit officially happens in March. This is what is happening and what could happen to affect the path of Brexit between now and then:
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You can call 0844 248 2557 to check the Christmas opening hours for your local Jobcentre if you have an appointment.
Christmas and New Year is a busy time, and many places limit opening hours over the holidays. This can be stressful for people on benefits due to the cost of Christmas and limitations on transport. The DWP can apply sanctions or cut off benefits if claimants do not meet certain conditions, such as attending an appointment at a Jobcentre Plus. However, things might be easier due to early benefit payments for Christmas 2018. You also don’t have to worry about going to the Jobcentre on certain dates. This is when Jobcentres are closing for Christmas and New Year 2018:
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What is a PIP assessment?
Previously, the UK government provided a Disability Living Allowance benefit to help with the costs of a long-term illness or disability. Since 2014, the government has been phasing out DLA and replacing it with PIP. Only children under 16 years old can still apply for and receive DLA. For those who are 16 to 64, they will be asked to apply for the Personal Independence Payment instead. This offers between £22.45 and £145.35 each week, depending on how the condition affects the claimant’s day-to-day life. Before they can receive PIP, the claimant must undergo an assessment. The process includes submitting a 40-page application form and attending a face-to-face appointment where they’ll have to answer further questions on their condition. The assessment results in a score out of 12 according to whether or not they can complete 10 daily living activities and 2 mobility activities. PIP requires a minimum score of 8 to be eligible for the benefit. The process and criteria are different to DLA.
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When will I get my benefit payments over Christmas and the New Year?
This is the question worrying many people across the UK as the festive holidays get closer. With presents for families and friends, and food for the celebration dinner, the month of December can be a difficult time financially. Over the holidays between Christmas and New Year, many businesses and public services close up. This includes local councils and banks. A few extra days without cash can make money struggles even worse. This is why the DWP and HMRC take the holidays into account. They adjust benefit payment dates to make sure claimants receive the money they need when they need it. If your regular payment will be due from 24th December to 2nd January, here are the new dates when you can expect to receive your benefits over Christmas 2018 and New Year.
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What is HMRC?
HMRC is a UK government organization, Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs. This non-ministerial department is the authority on taxes, payments, and customs in the United Kingdom. Their administration collects taxes to pay for public services such as the NHS and education. They also issue some state benefits to families or individuals in need of financial support from the government. The aim of HMRC is to maximize revenue for the UK and prevent tax avoidance and evasion. Sometimes it is known as just the Tax Office. Every UK citizen has to deal with HMRC.
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