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Advice Column – Legislation changes in April 2017

I have read about changes to the law coming in April 2017.  What are they and how can I find out more?

A good starting point is always  This is an up-to-date website where the information is from reliable sources.

April usually sees a raft of changes to law and this year is no different.

Legislative changes from the Westminster Parliament mean that:

From 1 April 2017:

From 2 April 2017:

  • maternity, paternity and adoption pay rates went up

From 3 April 2017:

from 6 April 2017:

Whilst some people will benefit from these changes there will also be those who lose out.

If you are struggling with paying your bills or keeping to a budget, or you will be affected by any of the changes, you can get in touch with us at Citizens Advice Carlisle & Eden via a range of ways.

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We can help you with a range of different matters – and have specialist workers to help:

  • with finding and keeping accommodation
  • with energy issues (including finding better tariffs and helping to switch)
  • with benefit issues for people affected by cancer
  • with all personal debt matters
  • anyone affected by the storms of December 2015
  • anyone with mental health issues to deal with their debts

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