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BBC News – Disabled face living costs penalty, says Scope

People with disabilities face a “premium” of £550 a month owing to extra transport, insurance and living costs, a charity has claimed.Scope said that the benefits available to disabled people did not cover the extra cost, at only £360 a month.The findings will now be studied by a commission aiming to find out how disabled consumers can get better deals.It will spend a year interviewing disabled people and organisations.’Financial penalty’The research by Scope suggested that one in 10 disabled people paid more than £1,000 a month extra on their lives owing to their disability.Common extra costs included taking a taxi to work and paying for specialist equipment such as wheelchairs.

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Green Deal ‘shambles’: MSE calls for refunds for – Money Saving Expert

MoneySavingExpert.com is calling on the Government to refund anyone left out of pocket by last night’s sudden closure of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund, with many who’ve already paid for assessments no longer eligible for the grants.

Martin Lewis, founder of MSE, says the abrupt winding-up of the scheme, which offers households money to make their homes more energy-efficient, has been a “shambles”, and warns it is “dangerously close to a form of Government mis-selling”.

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Man who killed himself over £20,000 payday loan debt ‘started owing £100s’ – Mirror Online

Unemployed Ian Jordan was being chased by 12 firms when he took an overdose last November – he received 1,000 text messages from them after his death

The man who killed himself after racking up £20,000 in payday loan debts in a year had originally borrowed just a “few hundred” pounds, his daughter said.

Unemployed Ian Jordan, 60, was being chased by 12 firms when he took an overdose last November.His daughter Samantha Carr, 36, said: “What I didn’t understand was that he was taking out more loans to repay loans.“I think it just spiralled out of control.“The original loan would have been a few hundreds.”

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BBC News – Tax credit renewal deadline one week away, warns HMRC

Hundreds of thousands of people have a week to renew their tax credits or face losing the payments, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has said.

Nearly five million households in the UK receive tax credit payments, aimed at helping low-income families with costs such as childcare.

They need to renew details of the claim each year before the 31 July deadline.

Some 865,000 have yet to do so this year, despite an online service being available for the first time.

Last year, more than 650,000 people failed to renew on time.

via BBC News – Tax credit renewal deadline one week away, warns HMRC.