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Last Updated: Friday, 11 March, 2005, 16:13 GMT
PO benefit problems emerge
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Money Box has been contacted by a number of unhappy people
BBC Radio 4's Money Box was broadcast on Saturday, 12 March, 2005, at 1204 GMT.

The programme was repeated on Sunday, 13 March, 2005, at 2102 GMT.

Some elderly and disabled people who collect their benefits or pensions from the Post Office rather than having them paid direct into an account have been reporting problems with the service.

Money Box has learned that some carers are having problems cashing cheques and in some cases pensioners are being left without money.

We reported on the emerging problems, and took the concerns to Pensions Minister Chris Pond.

Further information:

Inheritance tax loophole to close

Semi-detached house in London
As property prices rise more people are subject to inheritance tax
Families and unmarried couples who sell part shares of their properties to each other will no longer escape inheritance tax, the Treasury has confirmed.

However, anyone who did so before 7 March will escape the new rules, as will people who use equity release schemes.

Accountant Mike Warburton explained the latest developments on 'pre-owned assets' and how the law is changing.

Further information:

Money management at work

A new initiative is being launched to help people understand and manage their money in the workplace.

Pensions, pay, and benefits will all be explained to people
Cashwise is part of the BBC's "at work" campaign which provides a range of free resources for workers to help improve their financial, literacy and internet skills.

Over the next few weeks the campaign will be visiting workplaces around the country, helping employees understand their pay slips, pension options and making sure they are aware of any benefits they are entitled to.

Money Box joined the first event at Unilever's Marmite Factory in Burton on Trent and spoke to event organiser Louise Wordsworth, and some of the workers who have attended.

Further information:

Freephone number: 08000 150 950 - where you can order all the free resources and find out more.

Producer: Chris A'Court
Presenter: Paul Lewis

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