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11 April 2003

LRD publishes updated guide to state benefits and the new tax credits
The introduction of the Working Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit this month means that financial support is available to greater numbers of people in work. As well as providing a new system of support for parents in work, the tax credits for the first time offer help to low-paid workers without children. The tax credits also provide help for disabled workers.

It is vital that individuals and union representatives understand what they and their members are entitled to and how to claim. LRD's popular annual guide, State Benefits & Tax Credits 2003, provides concise, accessible and up-to-date information for both claimants and their lay advisors on this increasingly complex area.

State Benefits & Tax Credits 2003 has been fully updated to include all the latest rates, effective from this month. It gives information the complete range of state benefits - universal, contribution-based and means-tested. For each benefit it sets out who is eligible, how much is payable, how to claim and where to get further advice and information.

Other changes to the tax and benefits system this year include the Pension Credit, coming in this October, that will provide minimum levels of income for pensioners. There are also new rights to Statutory Paternity and Adoption Pay, as well as significant improvements in Statutory Maternity Pay and Maternity Allowance.

All this is included in State Benefits & Tax Credits 2003, which should be an invaluable resource for individuals and union reps to ensure they can answer members' questions on these rights and benefits and make sure they claim what they are entitled to.

Notes to editors

1. State Benefits & Tax Credits 2003 is published by the Labour Research Department, 78 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HF, price ?5.00 or ?10.50 for employers or commercial organisations. LRD booklets are also available on subscription at an annual cost of ?29.50 (?73.95 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 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 on this booklet contact Richard Pond on 020 7902 9812. To order copies of the booklet telephone 020 7928 3649.

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