UK Job Vacancies at record high

With the number of UK job vacancies at a record high, some industries are reporting difficulties in recruiting new staff. A lack of EU applicants is contributing to recruitment challenges, particularly in transport and storage. Hospitality businesses are more than twice as likely as other to be experiencing challenges in filling vacancies compared with normal … Continue reading UK Job Vacancies at record high

Tax gap low at 5.3%

The HMRC annual Measuring Tax Gaps publication estimates the difference between the total amount of tax expected to be paid and the total amount of tax actually paid during the financial year. The majority of taxpayers pay the tax that is owed. This year’s estimated tax gap at 5.3% represents £35 billion compared to 5% … Continue reading Tax gap low at 5.3%

Shielding programme ends

The government has ended the requirement for shielding guidance for people previously considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable. They will no longer be advised to shield again. The closure of the shielding programme follows a pause to shielding guidance in place since 1st April 2021. This decision is based on there being far more information … Continue reading Shielding programme ends

Temporary medical exemptions for COVID-19 vaccination of people working or deployed in care homes

A letter from the Director of Adult Social Care Delivery to local authorities, directors of adult social services, care home providers, care home managers and agencies outlines a temporary exemption certification process: Temporary medical exemptions for COVID-19 vaccination of people working or deployed in care homes Those working or volunteering in care homes who have … Continue reading Temporary medical exemptions for COVID-19 vaccination of people working or deployed in care homes

PAYE RTI 2022-23: Technical Pack updated

The HMRC Software Developer Support Team have notified two updates to the Real Time Information technical specifications and an update to the RTI data items. They provide the following: There have been two additions to the 2022-23 RTI technical pack for internet submissions on GOV.UK at RTI online internet submissions support for software developers The … Continue reading PAYE RTI 2022-23: Technical Pack updated

Millions of the UK’s most vulnerable are to be offered a COVID-19 booster vaccine

Millions are to be offered a COVID-19 booster vaccine from as the government confirms it has accepted the final advice from the independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). The programme will be rolled out to the same priority groups as previously. This means care home residents, health and social care workers, people aged … Continue reading Millions of the UK’s most vulnerable are to be offered a COVID-19 booster vaccine

Autumn and winter Covid plan

The UK Prime Minister has …set out the government’s plan to manage Covid throughout autumn and winter. Boosters, testing and refreshed public health advice will help keep the virus under control in the coming monthsPlan B prepared to protect NHS if necessaryPM continues to warn the pandemic is not over and public need to remain … Continue reading Autumn and winter Covid plan

Plan for Jobs

HM Treasury have published A progress update setting out how the Plan for Jobs has supported millions of people, and will continue to support people into work and develop their skills. Plan for JOBS - Progress Update The OBR forecast an unemployment peak of just 6.5% rather than the previously expected 12%, meaning 2 million … Continue reading Plan for Jobs

New service to help businesses offer apprenticeships

New government service will help businesses to create more apprenticeship opportunities so more people can get the jobs they want. Large businesses will be able to pledge funds to smaller businesses through a new service, to help create and recruit more apprenticeships. A new online service makes it easier for large employers to spend levy … Continue reading New service to help businesses offer apprenticeships

UK launches data reform to boost innovation, economic growth and protect the public

New regime to cement UK’s position as a science and tech superpower Information Commissioner’s Office to be reformed to help drive economic growth and innovation and strengthen public trust in use of data Plans include tougher penalties for nuisance calls and text messagesGovernment wants new data regime “based on common sense, not box ticking” to … Continue reading UK launches data reform to boost innovation, economic growth and protect the public

Mental health in the workplace

Small Business Minister Paul Scully has written an open letter to businesses about the resources available to help promote positive mental health in the workplace. Dear colleague, COVID-19 has affected all our lives and our livelihoods in profound ways over the last year. The nation has come together to keep ourselves and our loved ones … Continue reading Mental health in the workplace

Treasury Direction – HMRC to make payments under the Coronavirus support scheme: working households receiving tax credits (Extension).

The purpose of this treasury direction extension is to provide a support payment of £500 to persons entitled to working tax credit for a period which included 2nd March 2021, but who did not qualify to receive the original support payment under the initial direction. Further Treasury Direction made under Section 76 of the Coronavirus … Continue reading Treasury Direction – HMRC to make payments under the Coronavirus support scheme: working households receiving tax credits (Extension).

Further action to tackle HGV driver shortage

new comprehensive package to tackle HGV driver shortages50,000 more HGV driving tests available as legislation changed to streamline the processmove will accelerate entry of drivers into UK’s haulage industry, showing our leadership in helping tackle long-standing challenges faced by countries around the world Up to 50,000 more HGV driving tests will be made available each … Continue reading Further action to tackle HGV driver shortage

New figures show The Pension Regulator (TPR) continues to ensure employers are meeting their pension duties

employers warned not to neglect their automatic enrolment responsibilities as use of TPR powers returns to pre-pandemic levels New figures released today show how the overall use of The Pensions Regulator’s automatic enrolment enforcement (AE) powers is back to pre-pandemic levels following necessary measures introduced last spring to support employers through the early months of … Continue reading New figures show The Pension Regulator (TPR) continues to ensure employers are meeting their pension duties

Numbers on furlough fall to lowest level

The number of people on furlough has fallen to the lowest level since the start of the pandemic as the UK economy continues to rebound and businesses reopen, according to new statistics. around 340,000 people have moved off furlough across the UK over the course of July, according to the latest dataa total of 1.6 … Continue reading Numbers on furlough fall to lowest level

Consultation on mandatory vaccination for frontline health and care staff

Consultation launched on making vaccination a condition of deployment for frontline workers in health and care settingsStaff may be required to have coronavirus (COVID-19) and flu vaccines to protect patients from infection, serious illness or death92% of NHS staff have had their first dose and 88% both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, and ministers urge … Continue reading Consultation on mandatory vaccination for frontline health and care staff

End of temporary insolvency measures

Temporary insolvency restrictions protections are being lifted and new targeted measures to support small business and commercial tenants introduced. Temporary measures brought in to support businesses from insolvency during the pandemic will be phased out from 1st October 2021. Companies in financial distress as a result of the pandemic have been protected from creditor action … Continue reading End of temporary insolvency measures

Student Loan Plan 2 and Postgraduate Loan thresholds frozen

The Department for Education (DfE) has announced a freeze to the Plan 2 and Postgraduate student loan repayment thresholds. Plan 2 repayment threshold Plan 2 student loans are those taken out for a course starting after 1st September 2012 for England and Wales.Plan 2 borrowers will continue to repay 9% of their earnings over the … Continue reading Student Loan Plan 2 and Postgraduate Loan thresholds frozen

COVID-19 SSP rebate scheme ending

The SSP rebate scheme for employers with less than 250 employees ends on 30th September 2021. Under The Statutory Sick Pay (Coronavirus) (Funding of Employers’ Liabilities) Regulations 2020 and the Statutory Sick Pay (Coronavirus) (Funding of Employers’ Liabilities) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2020 certain small and medium size employers could reclaim COVID related Statutory Sick Pay … Continue reading COVID-19 SSP rebate scheme ending

HMRC warns students of scams

HMRC is warning university students to be wary of potential scams, especially if they have a part-time job and are new to interacting with the department. University students taking part-time jobs are at increased risk of falling victim to scams, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is warning. Higher numbers of students going to university this … Continue reading HMRC warns students of scams

Targeted training for staff to teach early language and numeracy skills

Funding for training to help two to four year-olds with language and mathematic skills, as part of early years recovery investment. Thousands of pre-school children will benefit from improved language, numeracy and personal, social and emotional skills, due to a programme of training and professional development support for early years staff. The Early Years Professional … Continue reading Targeted training for staff to teach early language and numeracy skills

Health and Social Care Levy – Dividends

From next April the government will create a new, UK-wide, 1.25 per cent Health and Social Care Levy with dividends tax rates increasing by 1.25% points.. By increasing dividends tax rate the government is asking better-off business owners and investors to make a fair contribution. Dividend tax is charged on taxable dividend income an individual … Continue reading Health and Social Care Levy – Dividends

Health and Social Care levy rates – National Insurance

From April 2022 the government we will create a new, UK-wide, 1.25 per cent Health and Social Care Levy on earned income, hypothecated in law to health and social care. The new levy will share the cost between individuals and businesses, and everyone is to contribute according to their means, including those above State Pension … Continue reading Health and Social Care levy rates – National Insurance

The year of two budgets! 2021 budget date set

The Chancellor has launched (7th September) Spending Review 2021 (SR21), which will conclude on 27th October 2021 alongside an Autumn Budget and set out the government’s spending priorities for the Parliament. The three-year review will set UK government departments’ resource and capital budgets for 2022-23 to 2024-25 and the devolved administrations’ block grants for the same … Continue reading The year of two budgets! 2021 budget date set

Annual review of State Pension and Industrial Death Benefit rates

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions explains uprating for State Pension and Industrial Death Benefit in relation to the general level of earnings for 2022 to 2023. Oral statement to Parliament With permission, Madam Deputy Speaker, I will make a statement on the annual up-rating of State Pensions and survivors’ benefits in Industrial … Continue reading Annual review of State Pension and Industrial Death Benefit rates

New 1.25% Health and Social Care Levy – National Insurance and Dividends

Prime Minister pledges to tackle NHS Covid backlogs and cut waiting times with £36 billion for health and social care‘Responsible, fair, and necessary’ action to provide the biggest catch-up programme for the NHS and reform to adult social careNHS capacity to increase to 110% of planned activity levels by 2023/2024: more appointments, treatments, and operationsSocial … Continue reading New 1.25% Health and Social Care Levy – National Insurance and Dividends

Thousands of teenagers missing out on Child Trust Fund cash

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is urging young people to check if they have a hidden pot of gold – in the shape of a Child Trust Fund (CTF). It is now one year since the first account holders started turning 18 and around 55,000 CTFs mature every month. This means their owners can withdraw funds or … Continue reading Thousands of teenagers missing out on Child Trust Fund cash

Submit August claims, prepare for closure of the Job Retention Scheme and the latest on SEISS

Dear PAYadvice.UK , I’m writing to you with the latest information about the support schemes available to help your clients, as part of the UK Government’s Plan for Jobs. This includes a reminder of the 14‌‌th September 2021 deadline for submitting your clients’ August Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) claims, information to help you and your … Continue reading Submit August claims, prepare for closure of the Job Retention Scheme and the latest on SEISS

Right to work virtual checks acceptability extended

The end date for the temporary adjusted checks has now been deferred to 5th April 2022 (inclusive). The Home Office have made the decision to defer the date following the positive feedback received about the ability to conduct checks remotely. They initiated a review of the availability of specialist technology to support a system of … Continue reading Right to work virtual checks acceptability extended

Childcare cost help as children head back to school

Families may be eligible for Tax-Free Childcare to help pay for breakfast and after school clubs as children go back to school. Eligible families can save money on their childcare and benefit from a government top-up worth up to £2,000 every year, or up to £4,000 a year if a child is disabled. In June … Continue reading Childcare cost help as children head back to school