The April 2017 version of the Lisson Grove Benefits Program has been released (version 7.60) and is on its way. This is a major update and reflects changes to welfare benefits and tax credits system e.g. Bereavement Benefits, limited support for 2 children in some benefits, Universal Credit restrictions, Employment and Support Allowance, Housing Benefit etc. A full list of the changes can be found in the program itself. Go to the Menu Bar on the program (File to Benefits Information) and choose the Help Menu. From the Help Menu choose the sub-menu “News Update”. From the News Update sub-menu you can see a list of all the changes in this version. If you haven’t got the program yet please contact your Manager or I.T. section who may have your copy.
QBC21 was released on the 6th April and is a major update to the program. It is on its way to you. Check with your Manager or IT if you haven’t got it as it may be sent to them. The new release has a number of important changes other than new tax or benefit rates (see below) . A number of local authorities have not yet introduced their planned changes to the Council Tax Reduction schemes they run but they will be doing so – so there will be another release of the program at the start of the July to reflect these. The program will reflect the local authority CTR schemes that Lisson Grove have been able to find out. You get details of that on the CTR screen.
- Introduction of a two child limit for Child Tax Credit, Universal Credit, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction in some local authorities.
- The removal of work-related activity component and Limited Capability for Work element for Employment Support Allowance/Universal Credit, its affect on Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction in some local authorities.
- The removal of Child Tax Credit family element and higher first child element for Universal Credit for families where the oldest child was born after 6 April 2017.
- The removal of Universal Credit housing costs element for some 18-21 year-olds in Universal Credit ‘full service’ areas.
For more information please go to the QBC Benefits Changes notes (pdf) on the QBC help menu (File to Help on the Basic Details screen (the main screen).