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25 April 2000

State Benefits 2000
The Labour Research Department (LRD) has today published its fully-updated annual guide to state benefits - State Benefits 2000.

State benefits has become an increasingly complex area. LRD's annual guide aims to provide concise, accessible and up-to-date information on state benefits for both claimants and their lay advisors. The guide is widely used by workplace union reps to inform and advise members on benefits to which they and their families may be entitled.

State Benefits 2000 covers the full range of state benefits - universal, contribution-based and means-tested. It lists the rates of benefit effective from 10 April 2000 and includes the benefit changes announced in the March Budget which impact in the course of the 2000-2001 benefit year. For each benefit it sets out who is eligible, how much is payable, how to claim and where to get further advice and information.

This is the first full year of operation for two new state benefits paid through the wage packet - the Working Families Tax Credit and the Disabled Person's Tax Credit. And new rules governing maternity leave, pay and benefits have also recently come in to force as a result of new statutory rights gained under the Employment Relations Act 1999 and the introduction of the new Sure Start Maternity Grant for those on a low income. Union reps and officials will almost certainly find themselves answering members' questions on these rights and benefits and will want to bring themselves up to speed on the details. This guide should assist them in doing so.

Notes to editors

State Benefits 2000 is published by the Labour Research Department, 78 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HF, price ?4.40 or ?10 for commercial organisations.
LRD Booklets are also available on subscription at an annual cost of ?26.95 (?68.95 for for employers/commercial organisations). LRD publishes 10-11 booklets a year.
The Labour Research Department is an independent trade union and labour movement organisation founded over 80 years ago. More than 2,000 trade union organisations, including 56 national unions, representing 99% of total TUC membership are affiliated.
For press enquiries on this booklet contact Celia Dignan, LRD booklets editor, on 020 7902 9813.

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