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  • Cost of Living Payments 2023 to 2024

    Guidance on getting extra payments to help with the cost of living if you’re entitled to certain benefits or tax credits.

  • UK bank holidays

    Find out when bank holidays are in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland - including past and future bank holidays

  • Check when you can expect a reply from HMRC

    Find out when you can expect to receive a reply from HMRC to a query or request you've made.

  • Track or view your DBS certificate

    You can use our online services to check the progress of basic, standard or enhanced checks or view your certificate.

  • Key stage 2 tests: 2023 English reading test materials

    English reading test materials were administered to eligible pupils at the end of key stage 2 in May 2023.

  • Register of licensed sponsors: workers

    List of organisations licensed to sponsor workers on the Worker and Temporary Worker immigration routes.

  • Download the HMRC app

    How to download and access the HMRC app on a mobile device to find out information about your tax, National Insurance, tax credits and benefits.

  • Visa processing times: applications outside the UK

    Check how quickly you’ll receive a decision on your UK visa application if you are applying from outside the UK.

  • Spain travel advice

    Latest FCDO travel advice for Spain including on entry requirements, safety and security and local laws and customs.

  • Create a goods movement reference

    Get a goods movement reference to move goods through locations which use the Goods Vehicle Movement Service.

  • Rates and thresholds for employers 2023 to 2024

    Use these rates and thresholds when you operate your payroll or provide expenses and benefits to your employees.

  • Starter checklist for PAYE

    Use the checklist if you start a new job or have been sent to work in the UK, so your new employer can complete their PAYE payroll.

  • Prove your English language abilities with a secure English language test (SELT)

    For visa or citizenship applications, you may need to prove your knowledge of English by passing a secure English language test (SELT).

  • Universal Credit advances

    If you don’t have enough to live on while you wait for your first payment you may be able to get an advance of your first Universal Credit payment.

  • Immigration Rules

    A collection of the current Immigration Rules.

  • Success Profiles

    Success Profiles are the new recruitment framework used within the Civil Service.

  • Travel to England from another country – coronavirus (COVID-19) rules

    Check if there are any COVID-19 rules in place for travel to England from abroad.

  • The Highway Code

    The Highway Code is essential reading for all road users, including pedestrians, mobility scooter users, cyclists, horse riders, drivers and motorcyclists.

  • MOT inspection manual: cars and passenger vehicles

    Inspection processes and rules for car, private bus and light commercial vehicle (class 3, 4, 5 and 7 vehicle) MOT tests.

  • Claim Income Tax relief for your employment expenses (P87)

    Find out how to claim tax relief on money you've spent on things like work uniform and clothing, tools, business travel, professional fees and subscriptions.