What is Universal Credit?

On 11 January 2019 it was announced that the way payments of Universal Credit are calculated may be unfair. This announcement was made a following a successful judicial review brought in the High Court by four working single mothers. In response to the court’s decision the Government has said it will make payments more individual and regular. Further updates are awaited.

To explain what Universal Credit is, what benefits are affected and what if anything you need to do, our Benefits and Credits expert Marie Busfield has prepared some information to guide you through.

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Employees, workers, self employed – The employment status conundrum continues

As always, there continue to be developments in employment law, even as we approach the festive period and the end of 2019.

In the latest in a line of cases relating to the gig economy, the Court of Appeal has given their decision in the case of Uber BV v Aslam & Ors – finding that Uber drivers are properly to be considered to be workers for the purposes of employment law. This case follows on from recent cases involving Addison Lee couriers and Deliveroo.

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Drug driving in the news again

Drug driving cases are in the news again, with Randox Testing Services again the centre of attention. The organisation was last in the news in January, when it came to light that two members of staff had been arrested for perverting the course of justice. This meant that up to 10,500 samples had to be reviewed.

At the date of writing, only approximately 2,700 cases have been reviewed. This is because there are very few experts that specialise in this type of work.

It is thought that the re-testing of results will cost Randox £2.5 million.
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