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08 April 2002

LRD's updated guide to State Benefits 2002
The Labour Research Department (LRD) has just published its fully-updated, annual guide to state benefits, State Benefits 2002, listing all the new rates of benefit effective from 8 April 2002.

State Benefits 2002 covers the full range of state benefits - universal, contribution-based and means-tested. One of the main changes this year is the introduction of the State Second Pension to replace the State Earnings-Related Pension (SERPS), which will mean a higher pension for the low paid. There have also been improvements to benefits for working parents in the form of the new Children's Tax Credit and increased rates for Statutory Maternity Pay and Maternity Allowance.

LRD's annual guide to state benefits is widely used by workplace union reps to inform and advise members about benefits to which they and their families may be entitled. It aims to provide concise, accessible and up-to-date information for both claimants and their lay advisors on this increasingly complex area. For each benefit it sets out who is eligible, how much is payable, how to claim and where to get further advice and information.

Union reps and officials will almost certainly find themselves answering members' questions on these rights and benefits, and will want to ensure that they know where to go to get the necessary information. This guide should be an invaluable resource for them.

Notes to editors

1. State Benefits 2002 is published by the Labour Research Department, 78 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HF, price ?4.75 or ?10 for employers/commercial organisations. LRD booklets are also available on subscription at an annual cost of ?28.50 (?72.75 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 over 90 years ago. Around 1,800 trade union organisations, including 55 including 55 national unions, representing 99% of total TUC membership, are affiliated.

3. For press enquiries on this booklet contact Richard Pond on 020 7902 9812. To order copies of the booklet telephone 020 7928 3649.

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

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