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Online probate

From 20 April 2018, personal applicants can apply for probate online. The criteria for the service are:   applications where up to 4 executors are applying there is an original will available even if the person who died made up to 4 changes to that will (these changes are known as codicils) the person who has died classed England and Wales as their permanent home or intended ...
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Companies House alerts

Companies House continues to promote its email alerts service. This provides free updates on Companies House services. More than 650,000 people have already signed up. This is a separate service from the email reminders for accounts and confirmation statements. [18.04]
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Find a Job

The Universal Jobmatch website is to be renamed as Find a Job, the DWP announced on 20 April 2018. The change applies from 14 May 2018. The free website connects jobseekers with thousands of job vacancies across the UK. [18.04]  
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Millicent Fawcett statue

A statute of Millicent Fawcett was unveiled by the prime minister in Parliament Square on 24 April 2018. This is the first statue of a woman in the square. Fawcett was a suffragist who campaigned for women to have the vote in 1918. [18.04]        
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Scam Companies House emails

On 24 April 2018, Companies House warned companies about scam emails pretending to be from them. . The email is sent from: “noreply@cpgov.uk” with the following message: Anyone who receives any emails from this sender, should forward them to phishing@companieshouse.gov.uk as soon as possible. They should not be opened. Companies House says it never asks a company to disclose its auth...
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Online market places asked to sign VAT pledge

On 25 April 2018, HMRC asked all online marketplaces to sign an agreement to tackle VAT fraud. HMRC will publish a list of those marketplaces that sign. Under new laws, online marketplaces such as Amazon and eBay can be made jointly and severally liable for unpaid VAT when they are used to sell goods from foreign suppliers who do not account for VAT. [18.04]  
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Addresses at Companies House

From 26 April 2018, a director, company secretary or other person listed on a document filed at Companies House, may apply to have his or her home address removed. There is a fee of £55 for every document from which the individual wants the address suppressed. An address may not be suppressed if it is the company's registered office. The individual must provide an alternative address to whic...
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Extension of child-related benefits

On 27 April 2018, the government announced changes to the rules governing universal credit and child tax credit. At present, these benefits are generally limited to two children per household. There are exceptions for multiple births, adoptions and rape victims. A further exception is introduced for children who may otherwise be taken into local authority care but are looked after by a relat...
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Two FT-SE company directors disqualified

Two directors of a FT-SE 250 company have been disqualified, the Insolvency Service announced on 11 April 2018. They are each banned for 14 years. Osman Shahenshah and Shahid Ullah were chief executive and chief operating officer of Afren plc which was a FT-SE 250 company (that is a company which ranks between 101 and 350 and size). The company went into administration in July 2015 with an esti...
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Extension of rent cover for UC claimants

From 11 April 2018,  claimants will receive an additional two weeks' support for rent when they move on to universal credit. Existing claimants will continue to receive rent help for housing costs for two weeks after their claim ends. The additional support is worth an average of £233 and should help 2.3 million claimants. [18.04]  
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