Purse strings are often tight at this time of year, but if you’re managing on a low income then things can be particularly difficult. Figures published by think tank, The Resolution Foundation, last month suggest that a record 5.2million workers in the UK are in low paid jobs; that means earning less than two thirds
Rent is generally one of the biggest monthly costs for any household. Many people assume that you can only claim housing benefit if you’re out of work and claiming other benefits. However, this isn’t always the case and some people on low incomes are also eligible. If you’re entitled to housing benefit it could make
Even though the economy is showing signs of recovery, there are still many families who are relying on the support of food banks to survive. You might be surprised that in many instances, these are working families who have no other option. This isn’t a route that people choose lightly and these families are desperately
During the current Parliament, the Government has announced a wealth of measures aimed at cutting the annual welfare bill. The main focus of these has been to encourage more people into work and show that employment actually pays more than living on benefits. However, analysis conducted by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has found that
What is benefit fraud? Most people claiming benefits are honest and claim only the amount of money they are entitled to. However, there are a few who intentionally withhold information so that they can receive more money from the government. These people are committing benefit fraud – an issue that cost the UK taxpayer an
The country as a whole might be over the worst of the economic crisis, but that doesn’t mean that everyone has money to spare. For lots of families it can still be hard to balance the monthly figures. The biggest regular expense for most households is their mortgage, which can put a strain on finances.