Passports, car tax, drones and rates – the NEW laws you need to know about or pay the pric

Posted on Mar 30 2018 - 12:33pm by admin

Universal credit

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The changes range from car tax rates to flying drones.

There is also a big shuffle in benefits and the national living wage.

Some of the changes are already in place.

Express.co.uk has put together a list of the seven new laws that could affect you.

Passports

On March 27 the price of a standard adult British passport has jumped from £72.50 to £75.70 if you apply online.

If applying by post, it’ll cost £85.

And it’ll cost a whopping £94.75 in total if you use the Post Office’s check and send service. The additional fee for the service is £9.75.

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Tax is going to rise for diesel users

Car tax

Unfortunately for diesel car owners, this isn’t an April Fool.

On April 1 all diesel vehicles’ tax will go up a band if they don’t pass the most up-to-date Euro 6 standards.

According to gov.uk, for the first year drivers will pay a rate based on the car’s CO2 emissions, from the time it was registered.

The change won’t affect any vehicle registered before 1 April 2017.

Autoexpress.co.uk says: “If you’re buying a new car, then you will pay road tax based on the current system that was introduced on 1 April 2017.

“First-year road tax is based on emissions, while there’s a flat rate of road tax for subsequent years.

“The first-year rate is included in a new car’s on-the-road price, and is of more concern to the manufacturer than the buyer.

“However, the second-year rate is what you’ll pay after 12 months of owning the car.

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Landlords will have to make sure their homes are heating efficient

Lower energy bills for renters

From April 1, all privately owned properties must have a minimum energy performance rating of ‘E’

This means landlords will have to make improvements to homes to make sure they are energy efficient, from upgrading insulation to improving heating systems.

The government has said it will be unlawful to rent out a property that doesn’t meet the standard, and rogue landlords would be imposed with a £4,000 civil penalty.

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Businesses have to reveal the gender pay gap

Gender pay gap reveal

From April 4, the Department of Work and Pensions demands employers with at least 250 members of staff must publish salary differences between their male and female staff.

Many business have already published theirs ahead of the deadline.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has said it will begin enforcement action on April 9, for companies failing to comply.

Speaking to the BBC, Rebecca Hilsenrath, chief executive of the EHRC, said: “The clock is ticking and with just 10 days to go, those who haven’t reported really are entering the last chance saloon.”

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Passport prices have risen

National pay rise

The Government will begin to implement the National Living Wage next month.

For people aged 25 and over, the rate will increase from £7.50 to £7.83, for those aged 21 to 24 it will jump from £7.05 to £7.38.

For 18-20 year olds will rise from £5.60 to £5.90, for 16-17 year olds from £4.05 to £4.20, and for apprentices undertake age of 19 – from £3.50 to £3.70.

Universal credit

Universal Credit is a monthly payment that will replace work-related benefits.

It will replace the following six benefits, Child Tax Credit, Housing Benefit, Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Working Tax Credit.

It also means families will be held to a two-child limit for benefit claims, which means it will cost £2,780 for those having a third child.

The changes hope to save around £200million this year because of a lower entitlements threshold than previous schemes. The long-term sick and working families are most affected.

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Drone users have to pass a safety test

Drone safety

Now drone users will be required to sit a safety awareness test, if their device weighs more than 240g.

Police will also be given powers to seize and ground drones.

Drones may be banned from flying near airports too.

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