UK PM Downing Street briefing – putting on the breaks

At the prime ministers Downing Street briefing Friday 31st July, relaxation of rules that were proposed to be implemented from 1st August 2020 in England have been delayed by 14 days. Employees should continue to go back to workplaces. Most of the measures that were due to be relaxed on Saturday 1st August have been … Continue reading UK PM Downing Street briefing – putting on the breaks

Informing and consulting employees

All employers must inform and consult their employees on: selling the business or buying a new onemaking 20 or more redundancies in a 90 day periodhealth and safety issues Get legal advice if you’re unsure whether you need to tell your employees about something. If you have more than 50 employees you may also have … Continue reading Informing and consulting employees

Income Tax changes – Van benefit charge from 6 April 2021

From 6th April 2021, the cash equivalent of the van benefit charge for zero emission vans is nil. The government announced its intention to introduce this policy change at Budget 2020 as part of ‘Road to Zero’ targets. It will apply only to vans which cannot emit any CO2 when being driven.. This change supports … Continue reading Income Tax changes – Van benefit charge from 6 April 2021

Qualify for Working Tax Credits or Universal Credit – Help to Save

Do you know about Help to Save? It’s a savings account that gives you a government bonus of up to 50p for every pound you save. If you get Working Tax Credit or Universal Credit then you can apply: Help to Save How payments work You can save between £1 and £50 each calendar month. … Continue reading Qualify for Working Tax Credits or Universal Credit – Help to Save

Pregnant and being made redundant! #COVID19 #coronavirus

E by ZJ (c)2019 Question We have an employee who is being made redundant, her qualifying week falls before her end date of employment. ·       Do I issue P45 before we process SMP? ·       If she is on payroll is she entitled to employment rights does this affect her continuous employment? · Or do we process SMP … Continue reading Pregnant and being made redundant! #COVID19 #coronavirus

New law to ensure furloughed employees receive full redundancy payments

Government brings in law to ensure furloughed employees receive statutory redundancy pay based on their normal wages, rather than a reduced furlough rate. New law will ensure that furloughed employees receive statutory redundancy pay based on their normal wageschanges will mean those furloughed under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme are not short-changedchanges will apply to … Continue reading New law to ensure furloughed employees receive full redundancy payments

How changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on 31 July impact you

Dear PAYadvice, We’re writing to remind you about changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) from 31 J‌ul‌y and what to do if you have claimed too much. What you need to do before 31 J‌ul‌y Submit your CJRS claim for periods ending on or before 30 June 2020 by 31 J‌ul‌y 2020. This … Continue reading How changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on 31 July impact you

Furlough grant – claimed too much or not enough

Announced on 20th March 2020, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has helped save over 9.5 million UK jobs and aided keeping Britain paid. Employers could claim 80% of reference pay plus the employer aspects of National Insurance and the employer minimum banded Pension Contributions. The guidance has evolved and developed with many revisions. Employers anxious … Continue reading Furlough grant – claimed too much or not enough

Find a restaurant – Eat Out to Help Out

From 3 to 31 August, get discounts when you eat in at restaurants that are registered with the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme: get a 50% discount on food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in (up to a maximum of £10 discount per diner)every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between 3 and 31 … Continue reading Find a restaurant – Eat Out to Help Out

Furloughed staff – not made a claim yet – Time is running out

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) closes for part 1 claims at midnight 31st July 2020. If you have an outstanding claim, then DO IT NOW. The CJRS Scheme was announced on Friday 20th March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic with the government supporting businesses to keep their workforce employed and paid. For … Continue reading Furloughed staff – not made a claim yet – Time is running out

ACT NOW – Tax Credit renewal deadline imminent

Don’t loose out. Claimants whose circumstances have changed in the last year or who have received a letter to reconfirm their income details must contact HMRC before 31 July. Tax credits claimants have this week left to tell HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) about changes to their circumstances or income before the deadline on 31 … Continue reading ACT NOW – Tax Credit renewal deadline imminent

Kickstart registrations for interested employers to be opened in August 2020

Over 700,000 people are leaving education this year. Many more are starting out in their careers. Under 25s are two and a half times as likely to work in a sector that has been closed by COVID. The Chancellor (Rishi Sunak) or has stated that ‘We cannot lose this generation and that's why we've launched … Continue reading Kickstart registrations for interested employers to be opened in August 2020

Open consultation: Pensions tax relief administration: call for evidence

The government is concerned about the potential for a low-earning individual’s take-home pay to be affected by the method of pensions tax relief operated by their pension scheme. The government is keen to explore this issue further to understand what deliverable options for change may exist. This call for evidence seeks views on how certain … Continue reading Open consultation: Pensions tax relief administration: call for evidence

Over 32,000 registered restaurants for Eat Out to Help Out

Over 32,000 restaurants have registered for Eat Out to Help Out. Registration closes end of August. You can register if your establishment: sells food for immediate consumption on the premisesprovides its own dining area or shares a dining area with another establishment for eat-in mealswas registered as a food business with the relevant local authority … Continue reading Over 32,000 registered restaurants for Eat Out to Help Out

Parenting in lockdown: Coronavirus and the effects on work-life balance

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published a report into parenting during the #coronavirus lockdown. Parents in Great Britain who have been able to work through the coronavirus lockdown have adapted their working patterns around caring for their children. There were some clear trends in how that childcare was delivered. Parents fitted in work … Continue reading Parenting in lockdown: Coronavirus and the effects on work-life balance

Consultation launched: National Insurance Contributions holiday for employers that hire former members of the armed forces

The government is seeking views from employers of veterans, software providers and accountants about a National Insurance Contributions (NICs) holiday for employers who hire former members of the UK regular armed forces. The measure, announced at Budget 2020 in March, will exempt employers for any NICs liability on veteran’s salary up to the Upper Secondary … Continue reading Consultation launched: National Insurance Contributions holiday for employers that hire former members of the armed forces

Are you ready for changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme?

Dear @PAYadvice, Do you want to find out more about changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and how flexible furloughing can support your business? Join our live webinar, Extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and flexible furloughing, for the latest information, including: an overview of changes to the scheme, including how you can now bring … Continue reading Are you ready for changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme?

New standards to improve safety for taxi and private hire vehicle passengers

Passengers travelling in taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs), including app-based services, will be kept safer under tough new licensing standards introduced by the government, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced today (21 July 2020). The new Statutory Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Standards are designed to improve consistency in the licensing, reducing the risk of … Continue reading New standards to improve safety for taxi and private hire vehicle passengers

Pay rises for the public sector

Public sector workers, including doctors, teachers and police officers, will see above inflation pay rises this year, the Chancellor has announced today. Reflecting the vital contributions public sector workers make to our country, these pay rises cover the Armed Forces, teachers, police Officers, the National Crime Agency, prison Officers, doctors and dentists, the Judiciary, senior … Continue reading Pay rises for the public sector

Benefits fraudsters are shown the red light by government scheme

Almost £2 billion of fraud and overpayments detected since National Fraud Initiative launched. Since it was set up in 1996, the National Fraud Initiative has identified thousands of attempts to defraud taxpayers, with attempts to steal money from pension frauds, council tax claims and even the abuse of disabled parking badges. Between April 2018 and … Continue reading Benefits fraudsters are shown the red light by government scheme

Key dates update – #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Dear @PAYadvice, We’re writing to remind you about key dates for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and actions you might need to take. Key dates  Submit your CJRS claim for periods ending on or before 30‌‌‌ ‌June 2020 by 31‌‌‌ ‌July 2020. This is the last date you can make those claims. You need to … Continue reading Key dates update – #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Employees encouraged to report furlough cheats

The government states ‘The Job Retention Scheme was put in place to save jobs’. HM Revenue and Customs are asking employees to help protect the scheme and U.K. taxpayers who fund it by reporting cheats. If employees are concerned that their employer is or has abused the scheme, to report their employer to HMRC. Over … Continue reading Employees encouraged to report furlough cheats

Business events and conferences given go ahead to resume from 1st October 2020 in England

Government to begin pilots to help plan how best to restart indoor business eventsNew guidance outlines how the nation’s conference venues can get back up and running safely Business events, conferences and events centres in England will be given the go ahead to reopen on 1 October adhering to social distancing, Prime Minister Boris Johnson … Continue reading Business events and conferences given go ahead to resume from 1st October 2020 in England

TUC responds to announcement on return to workplaces from August

The TUC is calling on employers to do the following before asking staff to return to the workplace: Complete their Covid-Secure risk assessments as required by law, in consultation with unions and their workforces Publish their Covid-Secure risk assessment on their website, as the government expects. The TUC is collating links to published risk assessments … Continue reading TUC responds to announcement on return to workplaces from August

PM statement on coronavirus: 17th July 2020

Boris Johnson, PM Friday 17th July 2020, the British Primeminister sets out further measures in the process of lifting restrictions. PM statement on Coronavirus The highlights Today we are publishing our framework for containing and controlling future outbreaks in England, which will enable national and local government to work closely together. ...local authorities will have … Continue reading PM statement on coronavirus: 17th July 2020

Employment in the UK

The Office for National Statistics have released their latest labour market report. While some have lost their jobs, the biggest response of employers remains cutting hours rather than employment. Lower hours includes putting people onto furlough - though there is some evidence of some people returning to work. Furloughed workers are often on partial pay, … Continue reading Employment in the UK

Off-Payroll Working – government response

In a response to the House of Lords sub committee, the U.K. government are continuing with plans to progress the introduction of off-payroll working rules in the private sector which, as a result of #COVID19, was delayed from April 2020 until April 2021. They claim that the “off-payroll working rules are designed to ensure that … Continue reading Off-Payroll Working – government response

The Office of Tax Simplification to review Capital Gains Tax

The Chancellor has written to the OTS, to ask them to undertake a review of Capital Gains Tax and aspects of the taxation of chargeable gains, in relation to individuals and smaller businesses. As well as looking at opportunities to simplify administration and the impact of technical issues, the review will explore areas where the … Continue reading The Office of Tax Simplification to review Capital Gains Tax

Face coverings to be mandatory in shops and supermarkets from 24 July

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock spoke about plans to make face coverings mandatory in shops and supermarkets from 24 July 2020. Matt Hancock ...In recent weeks, we have reopened retail and footfall is rising. We want to give people more confidence to shop safely, and enhance protections for those who work in shops. … Continue reading Face coverings to be mandatory in shops and supermarkets from 24 July

Latest on the #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and the Self Employment Income Scheme

The UK government have confirmed the statistics up to midnight 12 July 2020. £31.7bn for small business through Bounce Back loans, with around 55k interruption loan approvals The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has closed to new entrants as it is now phasing through flexible furlough. 9.4 million jobs had been furloughed with government grants of … Continue reading Latest on the #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and the Self Employment Income Scheme

Petition for refund of tuition fees

The U.K. Parliament indicates that more than 347,000 people have signed a petition calling for tuition fees to be reimbursed due to strikes and Covid-19. The House of Commons Petition committee have released their report on the Impact of Covid-19 on university students. They recognise the huge disruption faced by students and have made recommendations. … Continue reading Petition for refund of tuition fees

ACAS provide a Returning to the workplace process map

ACAS interactive process map with hyperlinks The process map is designed for employers who are preparing for a return to the workplace. It is an interactive resource which signposts some recommended actions and further guidance available. ACAS also provide more guidance on the steps recommended for enabling a return to the workplace. Returning to the … Continue reading ACAS provide a Returning to the workplace process map

Online calculator updated in preparation for August 2020 furlough claims

The revised Covid 19 Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) was launched successfully on the 1st July. One of the main features of the new scheme is that the rules will change each calendar month. In order to help employers plan ahead, HMRC are updating the online calculator and associated guidance as early as possible. For those … Continue reading Online calculator updated in preparation for August 2020 furlough claims

Eat Out to Help Out – register your establishment

The U.K. government has released guidance pages for the registration service for establishments to offer the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme. Registration opened on Monday 13th July 2020. You can use the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme to offer a discount to diners and encourage them to eat at your restaurant. You can … Continue reading Eat Out to Help Out – register your establishment

More businesses can reopen #COVID19 #coronavirus

The UK Government is continuing to ease restrictions. From 11th July 2020: you can participate in team and other grassroots sports where the sports governing body has issued guidance on how to do so safelyoutdoor swimming pools and outdoor water parks can openoutdoor performances in front of a live audience and indoor rehearsals can take … Continue reading More businesses can reopen #COVID19 #coronavirus

Permanent protection from higher tax for military personnel in Scotland

Thousands of British Armed Forces personnel will continue to be protected from income tax rises passed by Holyrood. More than 7,000 troops left out of pocket by higher taxes in Scotland will again be protected in the next financial year. An annual payment will continue to be provided to serving personnel earning £28,443 or more … Continue reading Permanent protection from higher tax for military personnel in Scotland

Tax gap falls to lowest recorded rate

Since 2010, the government has introduced over 100 measures to tackle tax avoidance, evasion, and other forms of non-compliance, that secured and protected over £220 billion that would otherwise have gone unpaid. In 2018 to 2019, HMRC secured a record £34.1 billion in additional tax through activity tackling tax avoidance, evasion and non-compliance. There is a long-term downward trend in the … Continue reading Tax gap falls to lowest recorded rate

Furlough fraud arrest

A West Midlands man has been arrested as part of an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation into a suspected £495,000 Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) fraud. HMRC officers executed a search warrant 8th July 2020 in the Solihull area and arrested a 57-year-old man. This is the first arrest in connection to alleged fraud … Continue reading Furlough fraud arrest

Update – Coronavirus (COVID-19) tests – tax and NI free

Following some criticism of the original HMRC confirming a tax and Class 1A liability, the government are making a legal change. HMRC have confirmed the following on Thursday 9th July 2020. Coronavirus tests provided by the government, as part of its national testing scheme, are not treated as a benefit in kind for tax purposes. … Continue reading Update – Coronavirus (COVID-19) tests – tax and NI free

A Plan For Jobs

The Chancellor of the Exchequer set out a Plan for Jobs to Parliament on 8 July 2020. This is the Plan for Jobs and supporting documents. A Plan For Jobs The government state this will support the UK’s economic recovery while continuing to prioritise people’s health by: introducing a new Job Retention Bonus to encourage … Continue reading A Plan For Jobs

Find out more about the Job Retention Bonus Scheme

8th July 2020 Dear @PAYadvice, Today the Chancellor announced the introduction of the Job Retention Bonus. This is a one-off payment of £1,000 to employers that have used the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) for each furloughed employee who remains continuously employed until 31‌‌‌ ‌January 2021. The bonus will provide additional support to retain employees. … Continue reading Find out more about the Job Retention Bonus Scheme

#PlanForJobs

The U.K. governments #PlanForJobs is aimed at getting Britain working towards economic recovery as we overcome the effects of the #coronavirus pandemic. Will U.K. business invest as partners in expanding employment, increase training, providing apprenticeships. The proposals are to give business the confidence to retain jobs, hire additional new employees, provide training opportunities, and help … Continue reading #PlanForJobs

5% VAT on tourism and hospitality from 15th July 2020

Today the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced a VAT reduction from 20% to 5% on the following business activities: any eat-in or hot takeaway food and drinks from restaurants, cafes and pubs, excluding alcohol; all holiday accommodation in hotels, B&Bs, campsites and caravan sites and attractions like cinemas, theme parks and zoos. The reduction is valid … Continue reading 5% VAT on tourism and hospitality from 15th July 2020

Eat Out to Help Out

Today the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, as part of the Plan for Jobs 2020 update. The scheme will support over 129,000 businesses in the hospitality industry. Diners can get 50% off meals and non-alcoholic drinks, up to £10 per person, at participating restaurants, bars and cafes when they … Continue reading Eat Out to Help Out

Rishi’s Plan for Jobs will help Britain bounce back

Delivering his Summer Economic Update in Parliament, the Chancellor announced a package of measures to support jobs in every part of the country, give businesses the confidence to retain and hire, and provide people with the tools they need to get better jobs. The plan for jobs is the second part of a three-phase plan … Continue reading Rishi’s Plan for Jobs will help Britain bounce back

Over a million bounce back loans approved for small businesses #COVID19 #coronavirus

Bounce Back loans approved for small firms to help them survive the Coronavirus pandemic has passed the one million milestone. The Bounce Back Loan Scheme has been a success in providing firms with vital government-backed loans at a low, affordable rate and with no interest or repayments due in the first year. Today’s update shows … Continue reading Over a million bounce back loans approved for small businesses #COVID19 #coronavirus

Employment and skills convention – 9th July #COVID19 #coronavirus

The Coronavirus pandemic has triggered an unprecedented economic crisis. Despite the government’s measures to protect businesses and jobs, we have seen a dramatic spike in unemployment. While the economy is gradually unlocking, it is increasingly clear that the legacy of the crisis will be with us for years to come.   The Employment and Skills Convention … Continue reading Employment and skills convention – 9th July #COVID19 #coronavirus

Direct Earnings Suspension (DEA) Continues

Changes to DEA deductions because of coronavirus (COVID-19) The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed (7th July 2020) that benefit debt repayments continue to be temporarily stopped because of #coronavirus. Employers should continue to not make any DEA deductions from employees’ pay. The DWP indicate that they will write to the employer with … Continue reading Direct Earnings Suspension (DEA) Continues

Tax credits renewal – check your income – deadline 31st July 2020

If you’ve received a letter about Tax Credits, you have until 31 July to check your income details. This is to ensure you have been paid the correct amount. For help on how to calculate your income or how to renew use the following buttons: Work out your income for tax credit claims How to … Continue reading Tax credits renewal – check your income – deadline 31st July 2020

Wraparound childcare for armed forces

The children of service personnel will be entitled to free breakfast and after-school childcare as part of new measures to better support the armed forces and their loved ones. The Ministry Of Defence (MOD) recently introduced flexible working arrangements, expanded offerings to co-habiting couples and extended Help to Buy until the end of 2022. This … Continue reading Wraparound childcare for armed forces

Update to Expenses and Benefits during #COVID19 #coronavirus (updated 8th July 2020)

HM Revenue and Customs have updated guidance (6th July 2020) in relation to 'Coronavirus (COVID-19) tests' and 'Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)'. Then a further update was applied on 8th July removing the section on ‘Coronavirus (COVID19) tests. Expenses and Benefits during COVID-19 The following was removed on Wednesday 8th July 2020 Coronavirus (COVID-19) tests Coronavirus … Continue reading Update to Expenses and Benefits during #COVID19 #coronavirus (updated 8th July 2020)

Flexible furlough agreements – put it in writing

ACAS provide comprehensive guidance to employers on the requirements for furlough. Flexible furlough agreements - in writing From 1 July 2020, a perviously furloughed employee can agree with their employer to be put on 'flexible furlough'. They can work some of their usual hours and be put on furlough for the hours not worked. Any … Continue reading Flexible furlough agreements – put it in writing

Claiming grant for furlough – made a mistake – new delete capability added

Employers - if you make an error when claiming! HMRC have added functionality and updated guidance (3rd July 2020) to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to allow grant claimant who realise they have made an error to delete the claim within 72 hours. If an employer has inadvertently over-claimed, the amount must be paid back … Continue reading Claiming grant for furlough – made a mistake – new delete capability added

Self-employed – Make your SEISS grant claim by 13th July 2020 #COVID19 #coronavirus

If you’re eligible and your business has been adversely affected you must make your claim for the first grant on or before 13 July 2020. Claim SEISS now This scheme is being extended. If you’re eligible for the second and final grant, and your business has been adversely affected on or after 14 July 2020 … Continue reading Self-employed – Make your SEISS grant claim by 13th July 2020 #COVID19 #coronavirus

Treasury Direction under Sections 71 and 76 of the Coronavirus Act 2020: Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

On 30 April, the Chancellor made a Treasury Direction under Section 71 and 76 of the Coronavirus Act. It sets out that HMRC are responsible for the payment and management of amounts to be paid under the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). The Chancellor has made a further Treasury Direction (2nd July 2020) under Sections … Continue reading Treasury Direction under Sections 71 and 76 of the Coronavirus Act 2020: Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

Is it genuine or a scam? NHS Test and Trace contact

If you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace, contact tracers will: call you from 0300 013 5000send you text messages from ‘NHStracing’ask you to sign into the NHS test and trace contact-tracing website Contact tracers will never: ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to us (for example, those starting 09 … Continue reading Is it genuine or a scam? NHS Test and Trace contact

Public asked to leave a name and number with venues to help stop the spread of COVID-19

Executive Chair of NHS Test and Trace encourages public, businesses and organisations to “play their part in new national effort” by providing names and phone numbers with venues and businesses they visit from this Saturday New guidance published for hospitality and leisure sector sets out how organisations can keep a secure, short-term record of staff … Continue reading Public asked to leave a name and number with venues to help stop the spread of COVID-19

Self-isolation lifted for lower risk countries in time for holidays this summer

Holidaymakers travelling to and from certain destinations including Germany, France, Spain and Italy will not need to self-isolate on either leg of their journey from 10th July 2020 When planning holidays or overseas travel, people should therefore check the latest travel advice on GOV.UK, including whether there are any self-isolation measures in place for their … Continue reading Self-isolation lifted for lower risk countries in time for holidays this summer

Should I go back to work? #COVID19 #coronavirus

Those working in England can use this government service to find out if you should go back to work during this phase of coronavirus lockdown, and what you can do if you should not be going into work. If you’re currently on furlough you can stay on furlough. However, if you are asked to come … Continue reading Should I go back to work? #COVID19 #coronavirus

Flexi-Furlough is OPEN and claims can commence #COVID19 #coronavirus

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) Part 1 is now concluded. Any grant claim applications must be made at the latest 31st July 2020 else it will be too late. So Flexible Furlough starts today. For employees who have completed their continuous 21 day furlough under part 1 can now be Flexi-Furloughed working as little … Continue reading Flexi-Furlough is OPEN and claims can commence #COVID19 #coronavirus