reminds parents to update their children's details as exam results revealed
AS exam results are released around the
country, HM Revenue and Customs is reminding parents that receive Child Benefit
and Child Tax Credits to inform them of their child's educational status ahead
of 31 August, otherwise payments will stop.
Customers must contact HMRC to confirm the eligibility of their 16+ child if
they are continuing in full-time, non-advanced education, moving into employment
or undertaking approved training. Alternatively, if a young person leaves
full time education or training, for example, to start full time work or because
their course has ended, claimants must report this change straight away to
prevent an overpayment, which they will have to pay back.
The easiest way to inform HMRC is online via the Personal Tax Account (PTA),
where you can update both your Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit information in
one simple journey.
Nick Lodge, Director General of Benefits and Credits and Transformation, said:-
"This is an exciting time for teenagers and their families as they decide
which path they want to choose in September... But it's important that customers let us
know what education their son or daughter is undertaking after they turn 16 so
that we can ensure they receive the correct benefits.
This can be done simply and quickly using the Personal Tax Account which is
available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That means that parents can let us
know their child's education status at a time that suits them ahead of 31
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£41m to help build inspirational learning spaces across the City Region
PLACES to inspire learners and give
local people access to world class training facilities will be springing up
across the City Region with more than £41.1 million of funding being allocated
to the area.
The new or enhanced training and learning facilities are possible thanks to
£41.1 million of:- 'Skills Capital Funding' a strand of the
'Local Growth Fund'
which sees £232 million of funding secured by the Liverpool City Region Local
Enterprise Partnership to be invested in transport and skills projects across
the City Region.
The funding is being used to create new facilities or enhance existing learning
and training facilities. To date, £15.125 million of Skills Capital funding has
been committed for 30 projects across the Liverpool City Region.
2 major build projects have recently been completed. These are a specialised
Port Academy to support logistics at Hugh Baird College, which was officially
opened, on 23 June 2016 and a STEM Centre (science, technology, engineering and
manufacturing) for Wirral Metropolitan College to deliver a mix of classroom and
workshop based vocational provision, including for advanced manufacturing and
digital skills. An official opening is being planned for later in 2016.
Furthermore, at the Liverpool City Region
Combined Authority meeting in July, 2 new build projects were approved by Myerscough College, which will create
specialist new build facilities for equine and animal studies, along with Wirral
Metropolitan College that will create a new build University Health campus at
Wirral Waters Enterprise Zone.
Cllr Ian Maher, the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority's lead for
Employment and Skills, said:- "It's great to see some of these projects
are now complete and are benefitting our residents and learners across the
Liverpool City Region. Having the right facilities will inspire our students to
achieve their very best. In addition, employers will reap the benefit over the
coming years by having local people being skilled and qualified to meet their
Top 10 UK beaches for a 4G summer in 2017
SADLY the glorious British Summer is
nearly over, with the Autumnal Equinox approaching fast, on 22 September 2016,
when officially autumn starts. This year the mercury may not have climbed to
sizzling point, but it’s not all been doom and gloom... We can now enjoy the
autumnal colours and soon the winter rain, snuggling up to a warm mug of
Horlicks, as we plan our Summer 2017. Well it might be better! Anyway its worth
for planning holidays for 2017, while UK beaches have the best 4G connections!
Assuming of course that 4G is an experience you are do aiming for... Well fear
not, as you will not have to travel far as analysis has revealed Crosby Beach is
in the Top 10! Instagram addicts need fear not, as the award winning mobile
phone insurer Insurance2Go have published a new guide on the best beaches for
getting connected, based on data from Ofcom. But well done Sefton for
introducing parking charges, so don’t for long duration visits! If getting
snap happy is high on your 'to do' list for the beach, or keeping
up to date with your Facebook and Twitter posts, these 10 beaches are the ones
to put into the SatNav, as they have the best 4G signal in the UK:-
► Studland Bay, Dorset
► Portstewart Strand, Northern Ireland
► Porthminster Beach, Cornwall
► Hengistbury Head, Dorset
► Crosby Beach, Merseyside
► St Anne's Beach, Lancashire
► Cleethorpes Beach, Lincolnshire
► Whiterocks Beach, Northern Ireland
► Portobello, Scotland
► West Wittering, West Sussex
With an array of locations offering stunning natural beauty among the Top 10
Connected UK Beaches, the pressure will be on for you to make sure your photos
do it justice in 2017!
Its worth noting that Insurance2go also have found out that the best beach 4G
provider in the UK is EE, followed by Vodafone and O2. Three trailed behind in a
pretty distant last place.
However, if you're planning on visiting Wales, you might want to prepare
yourself for a bulk upload once you head back to civilisation, as half the
beaches without a connection can be found in Wales.
Shockingly, in a report by watchdog Which? and industry experts Open Signal,
showed that in a world 4G table of 68 nations, Britain ranks 55th. Sadly it
might be better weather and better connections if you head away for Summer 2017
The following beaches’ 4G signal is non-existent, and likely to cause major
frustration for the social media addicts among us:-
► Barafundle Bay, Wales
► Silecroft Beach, Cumbria
► Porthcurno, Cornwall
► Blackpool Sands, Devon
► Sandwood Bay Beach, Scotland
► Luskentyre, Scotland
► Marloes Sands, Wales
► Rhossili Beach, Wales
► Barmouth Beach, Wales
► Whitesands Bay, Wales
Gary Beeston, Managing Director of Insurance2go, said:- "We know how
much importance people place on their phone images, and with the summer being
the perfect time to photograph your memories, we wanted to make sure visitors to
the coast choose the best beaches possible. The research clearly highlights
Wales as a bit of a black hole for 4G signal, but at least visitors will now be
prepared for the 'failed to upload' messages during their trip!"
Please let us know your views and thoughts on this hot summer topic, via
emailing us to:-