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29 March 2007

State benefits and tax credits: find out what you're entitled to
Means-testing can make obtaining benefits very complicated, resulting in millions of benefits going unclaimed - benefits that trade union members are entitled to.

The 2007 edition of the Labour Research Department's State benefits and tax credits booklet includes the new rates effective from 9 April 2007 and changes to the main rules for claiming other benefits and credits over the last year. These include the increase from 26 to 39 weeks in the payable periods for Statutory Maternity Pay, Maternity Allowance and Adoption Pay, and the removal of the 26-week qualifying period for additional maternity leave.

State benefits and tax credits 2007 highlights the benefits and credits available to those on low incomes, whether in or out of work; to those who are sick or injured at work or have a disability; to parents and children; to retired and bereaved people; and to those needing help with housing costs. It explains who is eligible, how much is payable, how to claim and appeal, and where to get further advice and information.

Containing essential but clearly written information which sets out your rights in an increasingly complex area, this 80-page LRD guide is widely used by union workplace reps to inform and advise members about benefits to which they and their families are entitled.

Notes for editors
1. State benefits and tax credits 2007 is published by the Labour Research Department, 78 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HF, price ?5.90 or ?20.00 for employers or commercial organisations. LRD booklets are also available on subscription at an annual cost of ?35.75 (?82.85 for employers/commercial organisations). LRD publishes 10-11 booklets each year.

2. The Labour Research Department is an independent trade union and labour movement organisation founded more than 90 years ago. Around 1,800 trade union organisations, including 55 national unions representing 99% of total TUC membership, are affiliated.

3. For press enquiries about this booklet, contact Neal Moister on 020 7902 9824. To order copies of the booklet, telephone 020 7928 3649.

4. Full information about all LRD's services and publications is available on the LRD website at www.lrd.org.uk

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