Read about the latest free features and updates made to your Benefit and Budgeting Calculator

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September 2021
  • See Universal Credit calculations with or without the £20 a week uplift.
  • How we are influencing government to retain the £20 a week uplift
    • We urge the Prime Minister not to cut Universal Credit
    • How the Health and Social Care Levy will affect care workers
    • Policy alternatives to the £20 cut to Universal Credit

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July 2021
  • Update: Improved user experience on mobiles and tablets
  • Update: Improved accessibility
  • Update: Improved results page

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January 2021
  • Update: SDP Gateway changes
  • Update: Improvements to ‘use averages’ in the Budget section
  • Update: Improved ‘manage users’ section

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October 2020
  • Update: Improved student income section
  • Update: Add health insurance payments
  • Update: Improved search for saved cases
  • Update: Notifications within the calculator

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September 2020
  • Update: Create better internal reports with your calculator inputs and outputs

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July 2020 update

Benefit and Budgeting Calculator gets an interface refresh:

  • Easier to view calculation results and actions
  • Easier to see important additional information on the results page
  • Easier to view pop up advice
  • Easier to see which page and scenario you’re working on
  • Easier to see a summary of your case at a glance
  • Your branding is now more evident throughout your calculator

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June 2020 updates
  • Update: New income source options
  • Update: New COVID-19 Council Tax Support flagged
  • Update: Easier application for new-style JSA/ESA and Pension Credit
  • Update: Clearer display for Universal Credit claimants in temporary accommodation
  • Update: Upgraded log in with Multi-Factor Authentication and Single Sign-On
  • Free webinar: How to simplify the complexity of surplus earnings
  • Free supports: Dedicated COVID-19 page

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May 2020 updates
  • Update: Surplus earnings and irregular earnings
  • Update: Upgraded log in with multi-factor authentication and single sign-on

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Late April 2020 updates
  • Update: Results for working-age users now show Universal Credit by default
  • Update: Contributory benefits default to Yes
  • Update: Change to tax credit questions
  • Update: The benefit cap ‘grace period’
  • Update: Minimum Income Floor section for advisors
  • Update: Simplified for pensioners
  • Coming soon: Surplus earnings and irregular earnings
  • Coming soon: Upgraded log in with multi-factor authentication and single sign-on
  • Free support page on Your income and Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Free training dates for 2020

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April 2020 updates
  • Update: April uprating now live
  • Update: Coronavirus COVID-19 changes
  • Update: Changes to the Universal Credit Calendar clarify when money will be received
  • New: Free support page on Your income and Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Coming soon: Your Benefit and Budgeting Calculator gets a makeover
  • Coming soon: Upgraded log in with multi-factor authentication and single sign-on
  • Free online training

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March 2020 updates
  • New functionality: Settled status questions, tooltips and alerts for EEA migrants
  • Optional new feature: Discretionary Housing Payment tool for councils
  • Update: Use your calculator to increase benefit take-up
  • Free training: dates for 2020

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November 2019 updates
  • Update: Better tooltips
  • New feature: Give advice for 16 – 18 year olds now
  • New feature: Flag to show eligibility for Severe Disability Premium
  • Optional new feature: Service charges can be added as a total amount
  • Update: Transitional Protection calculations for Harrogate residents

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August 2019 updates
  • Update: Calculations are now more than a minute faster
  • Update: Accuracy checks: working with the DWP and Citizens Advice
  • Update: The ABI launch Percy: The Protection Calculator

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July 2019 updates
  • Update: Scotland and Northern Ireland welfare systems now included
  • Update: ‘Change your earnings’ feature flags up a potential move to Universal Credit
  • New questions: LHA rate, self-employment
  • Coming up: Benefit and Budgeting Calculator Steering Group

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February 2019 updates
  • Update: What happened at our first Benefit and Budgeting Calculator user group
  • Improved format: Council Tax Support results
  • New feature: Standard Financial Statement Spending Guidelines
  • New alert: Help to Save Account
  • Please give your feedback (Customer survey)
  • Update: removed alerts about Universal Credit live areas

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November 2018 updates
  • New notification: Work Allowance changes
  • New feature: Minimum Income Floor and Council Tax Support
  • New notification: Severe Disability Premium
  • New feature: Recording debts secured on a property
  • New notification: Offsetting pension income against contributory benefits

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August 2018 updates
  • Give accurate assessments for disabled customers
  • Add notes on expenditure and budgeting
  • Give accurate Council Tax support assessments
  • Stay logged in for 30 days by clicking Remember me
  • Latest free training dates
  • Report bugs and suggest improvements

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June 2018 updates
  • Transitional protection for people getting Severe Disability Premium and people with savings of over £16,000 who have moved onto Universal Credit from tax credits
  • New integrated local advice tool from Lasa
  • Children of people who are non-dependant
  • Benefit and Budgeting Calculator and GDPR compliance
  • Latest free training dates
  • Report bugs and suggest improvements

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April 2018 updates
  • Benefit advice for European Economic Area (EEA) migrants
  • Benefit advice on the new Surplus Earnings rule
  • Export management reports into MS Excel
  • New benefit amounts valid from 6 April 2018
  • Support for Mortgage Interest is now converted to a loan
  • Information for Carers and Carers Allowance
  • Show Council Tax support for banded schemes
  • Free training
  • Report bugs and suggest improvements

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March 2018 updates
  • Temporary Housing and Universal Credit
  • Improved case print outs
  • Notifications about other benefits and services that may help

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February 2018 updates
  • Local Authority name automatically shown
  • Age is important for correct calculations
  • Overwrite pre-populated values
  • Changes to some tooltip terminology
  • Explain income changes in the Universal Credit payment calendar
  • Determining eligibility for Universal Credit just got quicker
  • We’ve boosted case security
  • Collapsed case headings give an at-a-glance view

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January 2018 updates
  • Helping couples maxmise their income just got easier
  • View changed earnings by hour, week or month
  • Save your scenarios

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