The new laws that come into force on 1 April

Matilda Long
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A number of new laws are coming into force on 1 April in Britain.

The new legislation covers a number of areas including pensions, employment and TV licences.

These are the changes that could affect you:

National Living Wage

The National Wage for workers aged over 25 is increasing from £7.20 to £7.50 per hour.

There will also be an increase from 18-20 year-olds and 21-14 year-olds, increasing to £5.60 and £7.05 respectively.

Pre-payment meter cap

OFGEM is introducing a limit to the amount of money energy suppliers can charge a domestic prepayment meter customer. The cap will be updated in April and October each year until 2020.

Most councils will increase council tax (PA Images)Council tax rise

Almost all councils are increasing the rate by 5%.

Statutory family-related pay

The rate for maternity, paternity shared parental and adoption pay is increasing to £140.98 per week.

Statutory sick pay

The rate for statutory sick pay is increasing to £89.35 per week.

Tax-free childcare

A new £2,000 tax-free childcare scheme is being introduced, which will mean that the government contributes 20p for every 80p that parents spend on care costs, up to a maximum of £2,000 a year per child aged under 12.

This rises to £4,000 for a child with a disability under 17.

Redundancy pay

Statutory redundancy pay rates are increasing to £489 per week.

This applies to employees with two years’ service and is based on pay and length of employment.

Water bills

Water bills will be increasing by an average of 2%.

Prescription charges

The charge for a prescription will be going up by 20p.

TV licence

The price of a TV licence is going up to £147.

Housing benefit

Housing benefits for 18-21 year-olds will be scrapped entirely.

Employment support allowance

New claimants for employment support allowance will now receive a lower rate of £73 per week.

Road tax

Only 100% electric cars will now be exempt from road tax, with some low-emission cars being removed from the exemption bracket.

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