Ash Citizens Advice News - 8 January 2020
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Increase in rail fares with effect 1 January 2020
Rail fares increased by 2.7% at the start of the 2020 by 2.7%.
New online repayment service for student loans
The Department for Education has announced the launch of a new online repayment service in 2020, which will provide graduate with more up-to-date information than they are currently able to access. The new service will also replace annual paper statements, but those who prefer the existing paper statements will still be able to receive them.
According to a poll by Money.co.uk, a comparison site for financial products, almost 5 million Britons will start 2020 with more than £10,000 of debt. A further 9 million people owe between £2,000 and £10,000.
The figures are based on poll of 2,018 people aged 16-64. Of those polled, 40% said their debt was due to normal living expenses, while 21 per cent said they had to take out a new loan to pay off older, smaller loans.
Minimum wage to rise with effect April 2020
The national living wage (highest rate of the national minimum wage paid to over 25s) will increase from £8.21 to £8.72 an hour in April.
Over 25s £8.72
21 – 24 £8.20
18 – 20 £6.45
Under 18s £4.55
Government to trial digital sign on for job seekers
The government is to trial a new digital service that will mean jobseekers will not have to sign on at the jobcentre. Instead, work checks will take place online. The aim is for the service to be more flexible for parents and carers to get help without having to go to a Jobcentre. Jobcentre staff will still check in with claimants to ensure they are applying for work. Face to face meetings will continue for anyone who needs them e.g. if a client is not tech confident.