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31 March 2005

LRD's new guide helps members to claim their benefit entitlements
The LRD's annual State Benefits and Tax Credits 2005 has been re-organised to help you easily find out about your entitlements.

The booklet explains who can claim for what according to their circumstances, how to appeal against decisions, and there is also a section on how to calculate means-tested benefits.

It highlights the benefits available to those on low incomes in or out of work, benefits for those who are sick or injured at work or have a disability, and details eight benefits for parents and children.

State Benefits and Tax Credits 2005 is widely used in the workplace by union reps to inform and advise members about benefits to which they and their families are entitled.

Over six million families receive tax credits, or equivalent support, through benefits, and 200,000 families without children claim Working Tax Credit. Is there more your members are entitled to?

State Benefits and Tax Credits 2005 also covers retirement pension and pension credits, help with housing costs and different types of bereavement entitlement. It sets out who is eligible, how much is payable, how to claim and where to get further advice and information. The booklet contains essential, straightforward information which details your rights in an increasingly complex area. It describes the complete range of state benefits - universal, contribution-based and means-tested, giving the new rates effective from 11 April 2005.

State Benefits and Tax Credits 2005 provides concise, accessible and up-to-date information for both claimants and their lay advisers. With more benefits available to people in work, union reps and officials need this invaluable resource.

Notes to editors

1. State Benefits and Tax Credits 2005 is published by the Labour Research Department, 78 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HF, price ?5.45 or ?10.95 for employers or commercial organisations. LRD booklets are also available on subscription at an annual cost of ?33.45 (?76.95 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 9817. 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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