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Advicenow is an independent, not-for-profit website providing accurate, up-to-date information on rights and legal issues, and is funded by the New Opportunities Fund; the Legal Services Commission; the Invest to Save Budget and the Department of Constitutional Affairs. This information service brings together the best information on the law and rights from over 200 UK websites. It doesn't use a search engine, every link has been hand picked and summarised by a team of experienced advisers.

Department for Work and Pensions

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is a Department created in June 2001 and is responsible for employment, equality, benefits, pensions and child support. Most of the work that was carried out by the DSS (ie Benefits Agency, Child Support Agency, the Appeals Service and Departmental Directorates) has transferred to the new DWP.


This site may be of interest in understanding how CAFCASS is meant to work.

Child Support Agency

For the latest developments and the official view from the Government. The website includes sections on who the CSA is and what it aims to do, questions and answers and links to related sites.

Citizens Advice Bureaux

Provides free, independent and impartial advice on matters including social security, employment, discrimination, consumer and debt matters, housing, legal etc. The website includes news headlines, news library, how to get advice with an online directory to find your nearest bureau and local website, together with online advice and information.

Department for Constitutional Affairs

Responsible in government for upholding justice, rights and democracy. Its objectives are to: provide effective and accessible justice for all; ensure people's rights and responsibilities; and enhance democratic freedoms by modernising the law and the constitution.

A government site aimed at providing easier access to central and local government, publications and information on some selected "episodes" in life (not including divorce and separation). The search facility allows you to find information contained on any of the UK public sector web sites that are indexed.

Inland Revenue

The Inland Revenue web site features news and information on tax and national insurance matters in the United Kingdom. As well as information about the Revenue, location of offices and copies of press releases, there are featured areas which include self assessment, national insurance contributions, working families tax credits, disabled persons tax credits etc. There also forms, leaflets, booklets, details of rates and allowances, legislation, FAQs, etc.

Members of Parliament

Identify your local MP and find out how he or she can be contacted.

Opportunity Links

Although not a Government site, Opportunity Links is a voluntary organisation which provides information free of charge, via the internet and touchscreen kiosks, to those who have a need to find out about jobs, training and childcare facilities. For example, there is information on childcare and Working Families Tax Credit (including a calculator).