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Last updated June 2019

Policy News

News subjects related to UK legislation and guidance, with links to accompanying documents and details useful to ACO members and their clients.


  • Jobcentre - Closeup of jobcentre branding
    Universal Credit and Modern Employment

    New analysis from Citizens Advice finds some workers may struggle to achieve financial stability on Universal Credit - particularly those affected by cuts made to the benefit since 2015 and those in less traditional forms of work.

  • Heating - Wall mounted central heating thermostat, with person adsjusting it
    Cold Weather Payment 2017/18

    Weekly Social Fund Cold Weather Payment estimates are available for 2017 to 2018, including the estimated number of payments and total amounts paid in Great Britain.

  • New Philanthropy Capital - NPC logo and graphics
    Building corporate-charity partnerships

    Honesty, creativity and more understanding and equal relationships will help charity-corporate partnerships shift to deliver more impact for everyone, says a new report from charity think-tank NPC.

  • Department of Work and Pensions - DWP headquarters, Caxton House in London
    NAO Investigation into errors in ESA

    The National Audit Office conducted an investigation into concerns raised by members of Parliament and the media in November 2017 about underpayments in Employment and Support Allowance paid to people with limited capability to work due to illness or disability.

  • Taxation - Closeup of desk items including a calculator with Tax+ and Tax- buttons
    Tax on termination payments

    Employers will need to pay Income Tax and Class 1 National Insurance contributions (NICs) on an element of all termination payments from 6th April 2018, whether or not they are contractual payments.

  • Crisis - Report graphics and crisis logo
    The Homelessness Monitor: England 2018

    This annual report funded by Crisis and JRF analyses the impact of economic and policy developments on homelessness, drawing on a survey of councils, statistical analysis and in-depth interviews.

  • School meals - Junior schoolchildren enjoying lunch together
    Free school meals under universal credit

    The government has finally confirmed how it plans to assess eligibility for free school meals (FSMs) under universal credit - awarding them to families on UC with net earnings under £7,400 a year.

  • Giving safely to charities - Graphics from video covering safe charity giving
    Giving safely to charities

    Giving to charity is a longstanding and important tradition, and the British public are generous when it comes to supporting charitable causes. Sadly, that generosity can sometimes be undermined by those who seek to intercept charitable funds for their own gain.

  • Volunteers Week 2018 - Logo for the campaign
    Volunteering for all

    Volunteers' Week is a chance to say thank you for the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. It takes place 1st-7th June every year and is an opportunity to celebrate volunteering in all its diversity.

  • Sage Foundation - Woman with arms and hands in focus, fingers formed in a heart shape
    Sage software for non-profits

    The Sage Foundation is donating licences for its latest people-management software to not-for-profit organisations. The US accounting, payroll and payment systems company is also offering 50 per cent licence contributions on all subsequent licences for Sage Business Cloud People.

  • Taxation - Closeup of desk items including a calculator with Tax+ and Tax- buttons
    UK tax and benefit changes 2018/19

    Last November the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, delivered the Budget for 2018/19. These changes take effect in April 2018 and will see some significant tax changes come into effect, as well as the usual uprating of tax thresholds.

  • Homeless - Homeless person sitting at one end of the Millennium Bridge, London
    Public bodies duty for homelessness

    The government has outlined how councils and public bodies must support the homeless or those at risk of losing their home under their new duties introduced by the Homelessness Reduction Act.