QBC21 out (April 2017)

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.

Changes include:

  • 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).


QBC 20.15 – Jan 2017 released

The latest update (20.15) to the Quick Benefits Calculator has been released. Subscribers should have got it by now but if you haven’t contact your IT section or Manager before contacting Lisson Grove Benefits. This is a minor update but it extends the program to 5th April 2017. The next release QB21 will be a major release because of new benefit rules and rates to be introduced from  April 2017.

QBC 20.15 released


QBC 20.15 has been released and is an update to QB20 to reflect the lower benefits cap which applies from the 7 November 2016. The new benefit cap rates are  planned to take 12 weeks to be introduced but might take longer.  QB20.15 runs until 5 February 2017. If you haven’t got your copy please check that your Manager or IT unit does not have it before contacting Lisson Grove Benefits and asking for your updated copy of the Quick Benefits Calculator.

Making notes in QB20

Making notes in the Quick Benefits Calculator

It’s useful to be able to make notes about a case.  The Quick Benefits Calculator has a notes feature. To use QBC notes  go to Report on the Menu Bar. The Menu Bar is the horizontal list at the top of the screen that goes from File to Help. Choose Notes from the Report Menu; the Notes menu is the fourth menu down in QB20 (Quick Benefits version 20). A Windows style Notepad screen appears and you can enter the information you want to there. Notes can be used Continue reading