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Full list of financial support you can claim from the government this winter

At the start of December, fresh from battling snowy conditions and Storm Arden, many of us will be feeling the financial pinch of keeping warm this winter. As the UK continues to recover from the coronavirus pandemic and thousands affected after the GBP20 Universal Credit uplift was cut last month, it is important to know there is government support available of you are struggling financially. Lat month, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) predicted some 3.8 million households on low incomes are estimated to be in arrears with household bills.

The JRF said the findings show clear signs that the pandemic has dragged families who were previously just about managing into arrears on essential bills. Here is a list of government support available through the winter months ahead.

Warm Home Discount

St Helens Star: The Warm Home Discount could see you save up to GBP140 on your energy bills. (PA)The Warm Home Discount could see you save up to GBP140 on your energy bills. (PA) The Warm Home discount will not see money physically added to your bank account however could see you save up to GBP140 on your energy bills between October 2021 and March 2022.

Two groups of people will qualify for the discount: a "core group" and the "broader group". The core group is made of people who claim the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit. Those who get the benefit or their partner who is on the bill will be able to get the discount if their energy supplier has signed up to the scheme.

Those who qualify will get a letter in the post after the discount application period opened in October. Those in the broader group are people who are not on the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit but are on a low income, get means tested and use an energy supplier signed up to the scheme. Your energy supplier will make a decision so it's recommended you speak to them as early as possible to see if you qualify for the discount.

Here is a list of energy suppliers signed up to the Warm Home Discount scheme.

  • Affect Energy - Octopus energy
  • Atlantic - SSE
  • Boost
  • Bristol Energy
  • British Gas
  • British Gas Evolve
  • Bulb Energy
  • Co-Op Energy
  • E
  • E.On
  • E.On Next
  • Ebico
  • Ecotricity
  • EDF Energy
  • ESB Energy
  • GEUK (Green Energy UK)
  • London Power
  • M&S Energy
  • Nabuh Energy
  • Octopus Energy
  • Outfox the Market
  • OVO
  • Rebel Energy
  • Sainsbury's Energy
  • Scottish Gas
  • Scottish Hydro
  • ScottishPower
  • Shell Energy Retail
  • So Energy
  • Southern Electric
  • SSE
  • Swalec
  • Together Energy
  • Utilita
  • Utility Warehouse

Household support fund

As part of the government's GBP500 million Household Support Fund, devolved administrations are receiving money to provide extra financial support as the country continues to recover from the coronavirus pandemic. The support fund is there for families who need financial support for essentials such as food and clothing. The money you can claim will depend on what it is for and how you local authority plans to spend the money locally.

Some authorities are handing out supermarket vouchers rather than cash for example. You can find your local authority here.

Discretionary Housing Payments

Discretionary Housing Payments are grants through the UK government designed to help local authorities support people with rent and housing costs. To be eligible applicants must be receiving the housing element of Universal Credit or House benefit.

The grant is there to help with costs of rent, rental deposits or costs in the process of moving house and you can apply through your local authority.

Cold Weather Payment

St Helens Star: The Cold Weather Payment could be worth GBP25 per week. (PA)The Cold Weather Payment could be worth GBP25 per week. (PA) The Met Office has predicted temperatures will plummet throughout the UK in the weeks ahead with some areas forecast snow. If the average temperature in your local area is forecasted or recorded as zero degrees Celsius for seven consecutive days then you could qualify for a Cold Weather Payment.

The scheme opened on Monday (November 1) and will run through until the end of March 2022. Those eligible for the payment will receive GBP25 for each seven-day period. Those who could get a payment are those who are on benefits including Pension Credit, Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, Income-based Employment and Support Allowance, Universal Credit and Support for Mortgage Interest.

Winter Fuel Allowance

Anyone born on or before September 26, 1955 you could get payments ranging from GBP100 to GBP300.

Those who get state pension or another social security benefit that isn't Housing Benefit, Housing Tax Reduction, Child Benefit or Universal Credit will get the payment automatically. Those who don't automatically qualify can claim via the government website.

Universal Credit support

St Helens Star: A range of financial support is available for people receiving Universal Credit. (PA)A range of financial support is available for people receiving Universal Credit. (PA) A range of financial support is available for people receiving Universal Credit.

Advance Payment For those who are newly claiming Universal Credit, the Department of Work and Pensions can provide backdated or advance payment. The support is there to help you get by until your first payment but it will have to be paid back to the government.

Hardship payment Hardship payment is available for people struggling to pay for everyday essentials. It generally applies to people who have had their benefits stopped or reduced.

It will usually be around 60% of your usual Universal Credit payment and you will need to repay the money through your usual UC payments. Alternative Payment Arrangement (APA) If you are renting, you or your landlord can apply for APA if you are struggling to to keep up with rent payments.

Fund can be paid straight to your landlord as part of the scheme. Claimants can claim up to GBP812 to help with emergency costs like replacing a broken fridge. Any money you claim will need to be paid back with the smallest claim being GBP100.

To qualify for the support, you will need to be a UC claimant or on other benefits and earned less than GBP2,600 in the last six months (GBP3,600 if you are a couple). You will also have to have paid back any money you were previously given as part of a Budgeting Advance Payment. Further details can be found on the government website.

Bereavement Support Fund

If your husband, wife or civil partner has passed away withing the last 21 months you may also be entitles to government support through the Bereavement Support Fund.

To get a full payment you must apply within three months of their death put you could still receive a reduced payment if you apply for support after this period. To claim for the money your partner must have paid National Insurance contributions for at least 25 weeks in one tax year since April 6, 1975 or have died as a result of an accident at work or by disease caused by work. Your partner must have died below the State Pension age or living in the UK at the time.

The amount you can get will depend on whether you're in higher rate or lower rate band. Further details can be found on the government website.

Homelessness Prevention Grant

The government has announced a further GBP65 million to the Homelessness Prevention Grant bringing the full allocated amount to GBP375 million. The money is being allocated to local authorities to prevent people from being evicted or getting into arrears.

The funding is to help people recovering amid the coronavirus pandemic who are on a lower income.

You may not see the money yourself as the payments ae likely to go directly to your landlord.

More information can be found on the government website.

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Full list of financial support you can claim from the government this winter

At the start of December, fresh from battling snowy conditions and Storm Arden, many of us will be feeling the financial pinch of keeping warm this winter. As the UK continues to recover from the coronavirus pandemic and thousands affected after the GBP20 Universal Credit uplift was cut last month, it is important to know there is government support available of you are struggling financially. Lat month, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) predicted some 3.8 million households on low incomes are estimated to be in arrears with household bills.

The JRF said the findings show clear signs that the pandemic has dragged families who were previously just about managing into arrears on essential bills. Here is a list of government support available through the winter months ahead.

Warm Home Discount

Swindon Advertiser: The Warm Home Discount could see you save up to GBP140 on your energy bills. (PA)The Warm Home Discount could see you save up to GBP140 on your energy bills. (PA) The Warm Home discount will not see money physically added to your bank account however could see you save up to GBP140 on your energy bills between October 2021 and March 2022.

Two groups of people will qualify for the discount: a "core group" and the "broader group". The core group is made of people who claim the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit. Those who get the benefit or their partner who is on the bill will be able to get the discount if their energy supplier has signed up to the scheme.

Those who qualify will get a letter in the post after the discount application period opened in October. Those in the broader group are people who are not on the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit but are on a low income, get means tested and use an energy supplier signed up to the scheme. Your energy supplier will make a decision so it's recommended you speak to them as early as possible to see if you qualify for the discount.

Here is a list of energy suppliers signed up to the Warm Home Discount scheme.

  • Affect Energy - Octopus energy
  • Atlantic - SSE
  • Boost
  • Bristol Energy
  • British Gas
  • British Gas Evolve
  • Bulb Energy
  • Co-Op Energy
  • E
  • E.On
  • E.On Next
  • Ebico
  • Ecotricity
  • EDF Energy
  • ESB Energy
  • GEUK (Green Energy UK)
  • London Power
  • M&S Energy
  • Nabuh Energy
  • Octopus Energy
  • Outfox the Market
  • OVO
  • Rebel Energy
  • Sainsbury's Energy
  • Scottish Gas
  • Scottish Hydro
  • ScottishPower
  • Shell Energy Retail
  • So Energy
  • Southern Electric
  • SSE
  • Swalec
  • Together Energy
  • Utilita
  • Utility Warehouse

Household support fund

As part of the government's GBP500 million Household Support Fund, devolved administrations are receiving money to provide extra financial support as the country continues to recover from the coronavirus pandemic. The support fund is there for families who need financial support for essentials such as food and clothing. The money you can claim will depend on what it is for and how you local authority plans to spend the money locally.

Some authorities are handing out supermarket vouchers rather than cash for example. You can find your local authority here.

Discretionary Housing Payments

Discretionary Housing Payments are grants through the UK government designed to help local authorities support people with rent and housing costs. To be eligible applicants must be receiving the housing element of Universal Credit or House benefit.

The grant is there to help with costs of rent, rental deposits or costs in the process of moving house and you can apply through your local authority.

Cold Weather Payment

Swindon Advertiser: The Cold Weather Payment could be worth GBP25 per week. (PA)The Cold Weather Payment could be worth GBP25 per week. (PA) The Met Office has predicted temperatures will plummet throughout the UK in the weeks ahead with some areas forecast snow. If the average temperature in your local area is forecasted or recorded as zero degrees Celsius for seven consecutive days then you could qualify for a Cold Weather Payment.

The scheme opened on Monday (November 1) and will run through until the end of March 2022. Those eligible for the payment will receive GBP25 for each seven-day period. Those who could get a payment are those who are on benefits including Pension Credit, Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, Income-based Employment and Support Allowance, Universal Credit and Support for Mortgage Interest.

Winter Fuel Allowance

Anyone born on or before September 26, 1955 you could get payments ranging from GBP100 to GBP300.

Those who get state pension or another social security benefit that isn't Housing Benefit, Housing Tax Reduction, Child Benefit or Universal Credit will get the payment automatically. Those who don't automatically qualify can claim via the government website.

Universal Credit support

Swindon Advertiser: A range of financial support is available for people receiving Universal Credit. (PA)A range of financial support is available for people receiving Universal Credit. (PA) A range of financial support is available for people receiving Universal Credit.

Advance Payment For those who are newly claiming Universal Credit, the Department of Work and Pensions can provide backdated or advance payment. The support is there to help you get by until your first payment but it will have to be paid back to the government.

Hardship payment Hardship payment is available for people struggling to pay for everyday essentials. It generally applies to people who have had their benefits stopped or reduced.

It will usually be around 60% of your usual Universal Credit payment and you will need to repay the money through your usual UC payments. Alternative Payment Arrangement (APA) If you are renting, you or your landlord can apply for APA if you are struggling to to keep up with rent payments.

Fund can be paid straight to your landlord as part of the scheme. Claimants can claim up to GBP812 to help with emergency costs like replacing a broken fridge. Any money you claim will need to be paid back with the smallest claim being GBP100.

To qualify for the support, you will need to be a UC claimant or on other benefits and earned less than GBP2,600 in the last six months (GBP3,600 if you are a couple). You will also have to have paid back any money you were previously given as part of a Budgeting Advance Payment. Further details can be found on the government website.

Bereavement Support Fund

If your husband, wife or civil partner has passed away withing the last 21 months you may also be entitles to government support through the Bereavement Support Fund.

To get a full payment you must apply within three months of their death put you could still receive a reduced payment if you apply for support after this period. To claim for the money your partner must have paid National Insurance contributions for at least 25 weeks in one tax year since April 6, 1975 or have died as a result of an accident at work or by disease caused by work. Your partner must have died below the State Pension age or living in the UK at the time.

The amount you can get will depend on whether you're in higher rate or lower rate band. Further details can be found on the government website.

Homelessness Prevention Grant

The government has announced a further GBP65 million to the Homelessness Prevention Grant bringing the full allocated amount to GBP375 million. The money is being allocated to local authorities to prevent people from being evicted or getting into arrears.

The funding is to help people recovering amid the coronavirus pandemic who are on a lower income.

You may not see the money yourself as the payments ae likely to go directly to your landlord.

More information can be found on the government website.

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Full list of financial support you can claim from the government this winter

At the start of December, fresh from battling snowy conditions and Storm Arden, many of us will be feeling the financial pinch of keeping warm this winter. As the UK continues to recover from the coronavirus pandemic and thousands affected after the GBP20 Universal Credit uplift was cut last month, it is important to know there is government support available of you are struggling financially. Lat month, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) predicted some 3.8 million households on low incomes are estimated to be in arrears with household bills.

The JRF said the findings show clear signs that the pandemic has dragged families who were previously just about managing into arrears on essential bills. Here is a list of government support available through the winter months ahead.

Warm Home Discount

Tivyside Advertiser: The Warm Home Discount could see you save up to GBP140 on your energy bills. (PA)The Warm Home Discount could see you save up to GBP140 on your energy bills. (PA) The Warm Home discount will not see money physically added to your bank account however could see you save up to GBP140 on your energy bills between October 2021 and March 2022.

Two groups of people will qualify for the discount: a "core group" and the "broader group". The core group is made of people who claim the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit. Those who get the benefit or their partner who is on the bill will be able to get the discount if their energy supplier has signed up to the scheme.

Those who qualify will get a letter in the post after the discount application period opened in October. Those in the broader group are people who are not on the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit but are on a low income, get means tested and use an energy supplier signed up to the scheme. Your energy supplier will make a decision so it's recommended you speak to them as early as possible to see if you qualify for the discount.

Here is a list of energy suppliers signed up to the Warm Home Discount scheme.

  • Affect Energy - Octopus energy
  • Atlantic - SSE
  • Boost
  • Bristol Energy
  • British Gas
  • British Gas Evolve
  • Bulb Energy
  • Co-Op Energy
  • E
  • E.On
  • E.On Next
  • Ebico
  • Ecotricity
  • EDF Energy
  • ESB Energy
  • GEUK (Green Energy UK)
  • London Power
  • M&S Energy
  • Nabuh Energy
  • Octopus Energy
  • Outfox the Market
  • OVO
  • Rebel Energy
  • Sainsbury's Energy
  • Scottish Gas
  • Scottish Hydro
  • ScottishPower
  • Shell Energy Retail
  • So Energy
  • Southern Electric
  • SSE
  • Swalec
  • Together Energy
  • Utilita
  • Utility Warehouse

Household support fund

As part of the government's GBP500 million Household Support Fund, devolved administrations are receiving money to provide extra financial support as the country continues to recover from the coronavirus pandemic. The support fund is there for families who need financial support for essentials such as food and clothing. The money you can claim will depend on what it is for and how you local authority plans to spend the money locally.

Some authorities are handing out supermarket vouchers rather than cash for example. You can find your local authority here.

Discretionary Housing Payments

Discretionary Housing Payments are grants through the UK government designed to help local authorities support people with rent and housing costs. To be eligible applicants must be receiving the housing element of Universal Credit or House benefit.

The grant is there to help with costs of rent, rental deposits or costs in the process of moving house and you can apply through your local authority.

Cold Weather Payment

Tivyside Advertiser: The Cold Weather Payment could be worth GBP25 per week. (PA)The Cold Weather Payment could be worth GBP25 per week. (PA) The Met Office has predicted temperatures will plummet throughout the UK in the weeks ahead with some areas forecast snow. If the average temperature in your local area is forecasted or recorded as zero degrees Celsius for seven consecutive days then you could qualify for a Cold Weather Payment.

The scheme opened on Monday (November 1) and will run through until the end of March 2022. Those eligible for the payment will receive GBP25 for each seven-day period. Those who could get a payment are those who are on benefits including Pension Credit, Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, Income-based Employment and Support Allowance, Universal Credit and Support for Mortgage Interest.

Winter Fuel Allowance

Anyone born on or before September 26, 1955 you could get payments ranging from GBP100 to GBP300.

Those who get state pension or another social security benefit that isn't Housing Benefit, Housing Tax Reduction, Child Benefit or Universal Credit will get the payment automatically. Those who don't automatically qualify can claim via the government website.

Universal Credit support

Tivyside Advertiser: A range of financial support is available for people receiving Universal Credit. (PA)A range of financial support is available for people receiving Universal Credit. (PA) A range of financial support is available for people receiving Universal Credit.

Advance Payment For those who are newly claiming Universal Credit, the Department of Work and Pensions can provide backdated or advance payment. The support is there to help you get by until your first payment but it will have to be paid back to the government.

Hardship payment Hardship payment is available for people struggling to pay for everyday essentials. It generally applies to people who have had their benefits stopped or reduced.

It will usually be around 60% of your usual Universal Credit payment and you will need to repay the money through your usual UC payments. Alternative Payment Arrangement (APA) If you are renting, you or your landlord can apply for APA if you are struggling to to keep up with rent payments.

Fund can be paid straight to your landlord as part of the scheme. Claimants can claim up to GBP812 to help with emergency costs like replacing a broken fridge. Any money you claim will need to be paid back with the smallest claim being GBP100.

To qualify for the support, you will need to be a UC claimant or on other benefits and earned less than GBP2,600 in the last six months (GBP3,600 if you are a couple). You will also have to have paid back any money you were previously given as part of a Budgeting Advance Payment. Further details can be found on the government website.

Bereavement Support Fund

If your husband, wife or civil partner has passed away withing the last 21 months you may also be entitles to government support through the Bereavement Support Fund.

To get a full payment you must apply within three months of their death put you could still receive a reduced payment if you apply for support after this period. To claim for the money your partner must have paid National Insurance contributions for at least 25 weeks in one tax year since April 6, 1975 or have died as a result of an accident at work or by disease caused by work. Your partner must have died below the State Pension age or living in the UK at the time.

The amount you can get will depend on whether you're in higher rate or lower rate band. Further details can be found on the government website.

Homelessness Prevention Grant

The government has announced a further GBP65 million to the Homelessness Prevention Grant bringing the full allocated amount to GBP375 million. The money is being allocated to local authorities to prevent people from being evicted or getting into arrears.

The funding is to help people recovering amid the coronavirus pandemic who are on a lower income.

You may not see the money yourself as the payments ae likely to go directly to your landlord.

More information can be found on the government website.

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Black Friday live blog: Huge Wiggle deals, big Stages Smart Bike discount, £119 off Garmin Rally pedals, 4iiii, Le Col, 40% off Continental + more

Son of a Marathon runner, Nephew of a National 24hr Champion, the racing genetics have completely passed him by. After joining the road.cc staff in 2016 as a reviewer, Liam quickly started writing feature articles and news pieces. After a little time living in Canada, where he spent most of his time eating poutine, Liam returned with the launch of DealClincher, taking over the Editor role at the start of 2018.

At the weekend, Liam can be found racing on the road both in the UK and abroad, though he prefers the muddy fields of cyclocross.

To date, his biggest race win is to the front of the cafe queue.

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Trainline Railcards are just £15 with this Black Friday voucher coupon code

Britain officially has the most expensive train travel in Europe, forcing thousands of people to travel using everything from split ticketing to the Megabus. National Rail's Railcard has been a godsend for years, as it allows 1/3 off all train travel for eligible groups. Usually, it's GBP30 for the year, but Trainline has just launched an incredible Black Friday deal on Railcards that means you can get one for just GBP15.

If you buy a new one-year or three-year railcard via the Trainline website and enter the code RAILCARD50 at checkout, you'll save a whopping 50% on the final price.

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If you're 16-25, a senior, or after a family & friends railcard for three years, you'll also be able to redeem the voucher, meaning three years of discount travel for just GBP35. That's less than GBP12 per year for major savings. Redeem the offer by visiting the Trainline website.

It only applies to digital railcards, so you'll need to install the official Railcard app on your phone and then install your new Railcard on it.

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How to add your Railcard to the mobile app

  1. Buy your discount Railcard via the Trainline website
  2. Install the Railcard app, open it and tap the + symbol in the top right of the screen
  3. Copy and paste the code you received in the email from your Railcard purchase
  4. It will automatically download to the app, allowing you to share it for inspection once you're on your journey
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Trainline said: "We are currently running a promotion for 50% off Digital Railcards.

"This code is only valid for use on Trainline.com or the Trainline app."

The offer will run until December 17, so get it quickly in time for 2022.

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How to save money while shopping online in MENA

Today, we live in a world where technology is embedded in every part of our lives. Everything we need from fashion to healthcare can be found with just a few clicks. As we already know, this manner of purchase is referred to as online shopping.

Though it had its fair share of sceptics, in recent years, we have seen the e-commerce industry soar in terms of sales and services, with individuals around the world becoming habituated to shopping online on a daily basis. The Middle East is one of the most recent regions to embrace online shopping. Customers in the Middle East have always loved 'destination shopping' element of visiting a physical store, but the unexpected rise of the Covid-19 pandemic has prompted many to explore e-commerce for the first time.



Is it effortless to save on online shopping?

You can get whatever you need at the lowest possible price from various websites, and it will all be delivered to you within a few days. Isn't that wonderful? However, when there are too many options, it is tough to sort through them all to discover the perfect one.

This is where the coupon aggregator comes into play to save the day. Using the coupons, vouchers, and codes, you can purchase anything you desire with huge discounts. So, what is the best website for your savings?

Many businesses today provide discounts on their items in order to provide you with the greatest price offer on their products. However, it might be tough to search the internet for the best offer available at times. This is where Rezeem comes into the equation.

The website collects discounts and offers from hundreds of retailers in order to provide you with the greatest possible discount for the shoppers. To ensure you have the best shopping experience possible, their team of deal curators provide 100 per cent functional and verified discounts and coupon codes to help you save on all of your online purchases. Why choose Rezeem?

At Rezeem's website you can not only find discounts offered by online stores, but you can also enjoy their exclusive coupons to save more on your purchase. For your convenience, they provide a 'deal of the day' page where you can find the best available deals from various stores. Their website also offers a featured coupon section that includes popular coupons from the top stores in the Middle East region.

During sales seasons such as Black Friday, Christmas, National Day, etc, the website offers coupons from 1500+ stores to choose from, which also includes exclusive discounts offered by Rezeem.

Every year in June, Rezeem celebrates its birthday, when it offers exclusive discounts.

So, if you tend to shop online, be sure to stop by Rezeem to meet all your e-commerce demands.

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Providing a winning employee discount scheme

2021 has seen rising inflation, rising energy prices and an overall rise in the cost of living in the UK with planned increases to National Insurance too. A common misconception about employee discount schemes is that they're all about grabbing a great deal or treating yourself. The reality is, a wide-ranging employee discount scheme can help employees save in all areas of life including with the everyday essentials, which can help save loads over the course of a year, often hundreds for families.

Schemes like these are a lot more versatile than they appear on the surface, and the right provider can help you offer an employee discount scheme that suits your employees down to the ground. So, how can these schemes help? And why should employers consider them?

Finding the right scheme Different providers and different schemes offer various set-ups, benefits and discounts. Some schemes provide a higher number of discounts or discounts at a wider range of stores and retailers.

Others provide different levels of discount with various costs to the employer. There are apps too to help make discounts more easily available to employees. When finding the right scheme for you and your employees, don't get drawn in by freebies.

The right provider will offer a scheme that suits your budget, suits your employees and provides a wide range of great discounts that can offer so much more to suit all your staff. At caboodle, we provide a multi-level employee discount scheme to help you find the right scheme to suit your budget while providing a great range of discounts your employees will love. Find out more here.

How employees are using the scheme There are loads of examples of how employees are using discount schemes to save, from big purchases to everyday essentials. The savings can really add up when it comes to home improvements and DIY for example or even new tech, while savings on regular, everyday shopping like at the supermarkets can really add up throughout the year.

Employee discount schemes can of course be used regularly throughout the year and are only restricted by the range of discounts your scheme offers. With the employee instant discount scheme we provide, employees can use discounts on top of online and in-store offers and promotions too, so the savings go even further. Our employee benefits app also gives employees a handy savings summary showing how much they've saved using their employee discounts.

These examples only scratch the surface of how a scheme like this can benefit your employees. Winning the war for talent with employee benefits A great lifestyle employee benefits offering can really help differentiate your business as an employer.

Research has shown many employers either have or are looking to increase salaries in line with inflation but to also attract and retain talent in a highly competitive market. However, it's the whole compensation and benefits package as one that can make a real difference in hitting recruitment and retention targets. Providing a wide range of great discounts that are highly relevant and sought after will help attract and retain top talent and make a real difference to the lives of employees in the process.

Simple, easy and highly effective With employee discount schemes, there's very minimal admin and they're very quick and easy to set up and run with the right provider. There's no scheme windows or applications to manage and employees can use their discounts all year round.

Employers can work with providers to adjust the scheme to suit them and their employees too, making it incredibly flexible and easy to manage. As part of an employee benefits platform, an employee discount scheme can help drive up-take of other employee benefit schemes too. A cost-effective employee benefit

As mentioned, there's an employee discount scheme out there to suit all budgets and all employees.

The scheme is low-maintenance, low risk and easy to implement with the right provider.

Plus, it can help boost recruitment and retention and create a more attractive compensation and benefits package!

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Lidl increases pay rate to £10.10 an hour and becomes UK’s best paying supermarket

Discount supermarket Lidl has increased the rates of pay for new shop floor workers to more than GBP10 an hour.

(C) Steve Parsons/PA Wire The discount supermarket has increased the rates of pay for new shop floor workers

Bosses said entry-level wages will rise from GBP9.50 to GBP10.10 an hour outside London and from GBP10.85 to GBP11.30 in the capital from March next year. Longer-serving staff will see their pay rates also rise to GBP11.40 and GBP12.25 outside and inside London respectively, depending on length of service. READ MORE: Martin Lewis 'left in tears' as he issues urgent scam warning

Currently, the National Living Wage stands at GBP8.91, but this is set to rise to GBP9.50 from April 1 2022. The supermarket claimed it means Lidl is now the highest-paying grocer in the country, adding that this was in recognition of the hard work of staff during the pandemic. Bosses said the extra GBP18 million spend by the business on the new wages equates to GBP50 million invested in hourly wage increases over the past five years.

It follows a GBP200 bonus to all frontline workers this year, alongside GBP150 gift vouchers for all staff in 2020 during the pandemic. Christian Hartnagel, Lidl GB chief executive, said: "We have ambitious plans to grow our business across Great Britain, and to do that we need to ensure we attract and look after the best talent at every level of our business." He has targeted 1,000 stores by the end of 2023.

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Lidl increases pay rate to £10.10 an hour and becomes UK’s best paying supermarket

Discount supermarket Lidl has increased the rates of pay for new shop floor workers to more than GBP10 an hour.

(C) Steve Parsons/PA Wire The discount supermarket has increased the rates of pay for new shop floor workers

Bosses said entry-level wages will rise from GBP9.50 to GBP10.10 an hour outside London and from GBP10.85 to GBP11.30 in the capital from March next year. Longer-serving staff will see their pay rates also rise to GBP11.40 and GBP12.25 outside and inside London respectively, depending on length of service. READ MORE: Martin Lewis 'left in tears' as he issues urgent scam warning

Currently, the National Living Wage stands at GBP8.91, but this is set to rise to GBP9.50 from April 1 2022. The supermarket claimed it means Lidl is now the highest-paying grocer in the country, adding that this was in recognition of the hard work of staff during the pandemic. Bosses said the extra GBP18 million spend by the business on the new wages equates to GBP50 million invested in hourly wage increases over the past five years.

It follows a GBP200 bonus to all frontline workers this year, alongside GBP150 gift vouchers for all staff in 2020 during the pandemic. Christian Hartnagel, Lidl GB chief executive, said: "We have ambitious plans to grow our business across Great Britain, and to do that we need to ensure we attract and look after the best talent at every level of our business." He has targeted 1,000 stores by the end of 2023.

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NI High Street Voucher scheme: Advice group being called “all the time”

An advice group has said it is getting phone calls "all the time" with issues regarding the High Street Voucher scheme. Bob Stronge from Advice NI told BBC News NI that some people's Spend Local cards are being rejected and others still haven't received theirs. The HSV scheme is part of a range of measures aimed at stimulating economic recovery by providing businesses with a financial boost, helping them recover from the pandemic induced economic downturn.

Mr Stronge explained how it could "quite embarrassing for people" when their card is rejected and how his own has been turned down three times. He told the BBC: "We're hearing stories... [and] certainly even some acquaintances and friends have been telling me that that they're trying to use the card but it is being rejected. "There's something obviously around the technology.

"There are difficulties, I think, just for people using that and I don't know whether the systems, whatever platforms they're using, are not quite working so well. "We're getting phone calls into advice agencies all the time now about that and also about the verification problem." A woman named Angela from West Belfast told the BBC that her son received his card, but her and other family members who applied at the same time still haven't.

She added: "My son did himself, my husband and my daughters all at the same time. "He received his about two or three weeks ago but we haven't - we did get the verification but we still haven't received anything. "Every time I phone [to ask about it] I'm getting an answering machine and I give up.

"It's the length of time that you're given now to spend it - what if I don't get it before the time's up to spend it?" One caller to BBC Radio Ulster's Talkback programme said he and his wife had tried to use their cards in Belfast but both had been rejected. Another person claimed his had been rejected in every shop.

Co Down man John White from Castlewellan told the BBC he applied for the card from hospital the day after the scheme opened. He said he was told his national insurance number had already been used. "Yesterday I had to send in proof that I was who I said I was.

"I sent that in thinking I would get a confirmation email but there's been no word back yet saying they've actually received it. "I don't work, I spend a lot of time in hospital and that GBP100 to me is like GBP1,000. "I'm just absolutely scared of missing it and I'm wondering for people like myself who have tried to activate their cards: is there going to be an extension for me to spend that money?

"I understand that they're going to extend it for another two weeks but realistically, even if all that information goes through, you're talking another fortnight before I get that card. "So that means I have a very short window to spend that money and I need that much [time]," John added. Roisin McAliskey from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) said the scheme had been having a positive effect for businesses.

She told BBC News NI: "We've had quite good feedback from the FSB membership on it.

"I suppose it will be the case that it will be the negative stories that people want to share and tell you about."

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