Category: Money

440,000 tax credits customers still to renew claims

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding 440,000 tax credits customers they have less than one month left to renew their tax credits claims ahead of the 31 July 2021 deadline.

HMRC said that more than 2.5 million annual tax credits review packs were posted to customers between late April and early June.

Customers will have either received an ‘auto-renewal’ reminder or a ‘reply required’ notice.

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Bedford Borough Council urges residents not to ignore rent arrears

Bedford Borough Council urges residents not to ignore notices from their landlords or the Court about rent arrears.

Last year, the Government introduced legislation that meant landlords could not evict tenants from their homes due to rent arrears and would instead have to work with them to put in place a flexible payment plan based on their individual circumstances.

However, on 1 June 2021, the legislation was withdrawn.

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Breathing Space: Citizens Advice debt expert explains what you need to know

From Tuesday 4 May 2021, the new Breathing Space and Mental Health Crisis Debt Respite Schemes will come into effect in England and Wales.

Breathing Space is a new scheme that gives people temporary protection from most types of debt collection while they take action to get on top of their debts.

You can apply through a debt adviser for sixty days’ Breathing Space

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Restrictions on the sale of coal and wet wood for home burning start today

Restrictions on the sale of coal, wet wood and manufactured solid fuels for burning in the home have come into force from today (1 May 2021).

The government said that burning at home, particularly with traditional house coal or wet wood, is a major source of the pollutant PM2.5. These are tiny particles which can enter the bloodstream and lodge in lungs and other organs.

PM2.5 has been identified by the World Health Organisation as the most serious air pollutant for human health.

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