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One week left to renew for 300,000 tax credits customers

More than 300,000 tax credits customers have just over one week to renew their claims before the 31 July 2021 deadline, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has warned.

Citizens Advice “need to knows if you’re asked to return to your normal workplace”

As guidance to work from home set to end on 19 July 2021, Citizens Advice sets out what it says are the need to knows if you’re asked to return to your normal workplace.

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.

Almost 800,000 tax relief claims for working from home

Employees who have worked from home during the pandemic but are now returning to offices can still claim tax relief on household expenses for this tax year.

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However, on 1 June 2021, the legislation was withdrawn.

10p plastic bag charge to come into force on 21 May

The single-use carrier bag charge, which has seen a 95% cut in plastic bag sales in major supermarkets since 2015, will be increased from 5p to 10p and extended to all businesses in England from 21 May to help drive down sales further.

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

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.

Specialist telephones to crack down on scammers

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has teamed up with Age UK by funding the purchase of specialist telephones which prevent scam callers from connecting to potentially vulnerable individuals and in turn, preventing fraudsters from deceiving older people out of money via telephone scams.

The specialist devices have an inbuilt scam calling blocker, preventing known incoming scam numbers from being able to connect to the client’s home telephone number.

Bedfordshire charity teams up with solicitors for Free Wills Month

March is Free Wills Month, and Carers in Bedfordshire and McClure Solicitors have teamed up to offer a free service, all year round.

Free Wills Month allows those aged 55 and over to get a solicitor-drafted (or updated) will for free.

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