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The new laws that come into force on 1 April
...A new £2,000 tax-free childcare scheme is being introduced, which will mean that the government contributes 20p for every 80p that parents spend on care costs...
A number of new laws are coming into force on 1 April in Britain.
The new legislation covers a number of areas including pensions, employment and TV licences.
These are the changes that could affect you:
National Living Wage
The National Wage for workers aged over 25 is increasing from £7.20 to £7.50 per hour.
There will also be an increase from 18-20 year-olds and 21-14 year-olds, increasing to £5.60 and £7.05 respectively.
Pre-payment meter cap
OFGEM is introducing a limit to the amount of money energy suppliers can charge a domestic prepayment meter customer. The cap will be updated in April and October each year until 2020.
Almost all councils are increasing the rate by 5%.
Statutory family-related pay
The rate for maternity, paternity shared parental and adoption pay is increasing to £140.98 per week.
Statutory sick pay
The rate for statutory sick pay is increasing to £89.35 per week.
A new £2,000 tax-free childcare scheme is being introduced, which will mean that the government contributes 20p for every 80p that parents spend on care costs, up to a maximum of £2,000 a year per child aged under 12.
This rises to £4,000 for a child with a disability under 17.
Statutory redundancy pay rates are increasing to £489 per week.
This applies to employees with two years’ service and is based on pay and length of employment.
Water bills will be increasing by an average of 2%.
The charge for a prescription will be going up by 20p.
The price of a TV licence is going up to £147.
Housing benefits for 18-21 year-olds will be scrapped entirely.
Employment support allowance
New claimants for employment support allowance will now receive a lower rate of £73 per week.
Only 100% electric cars will now be exempt from road tax, with some low-emission cars being removed from the exemption bracket.