Call for Evidence: umbrella company market

The government has published a call for evidence on the umbrella company market. Umbrellas - what are they? Umbrella companies play a role in the labour market by facilitating the engagement of temporary workers. Umbrella companies employ individuals on behalf of clients and employment businesses. They do not source work for the employee, which is … Continue reading Call for Evidence: umbrella company market

Steps to modernise and simplify UK tax system

As part of Tax Administration and Maintenance Day the government has set out more detail on work to deliver a modern, simple and effective tax system - to help taxpayers get their tax right the first time. The announcements follow the commitment the Chancellor made at Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021 - for there … Continue reading Steps to modernise and simplify UK tax system

April 2022 Statutory payments changes confirmed

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Software Developers Support Team (SDST) have issued the confirmed statutory payment rates applicable from April 2022. PAYadvice.UK have updated its Legislation Update 2022 v22.4 with the confirmed rates. For statutory parental payments for weeks starting from 3rd April 2022: Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP)Statutory Adopt Pay (SAP)Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP)Shared Parental … Continue reading April 2022 Statutory payments changes confirmed

Precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 Omicron variant

Face coverings From 4am Tuesday 30th November 2021 face coverings are compulsory in shops and other settings such as banks, post offices and hairdressers, as well as on public transport unless individuals are exempt. All international arrivals Travellers arriving into the country from 4am on Tuesday 30th November 2021 are required to take a PCR … Continue reading Precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 Omicron variant

Check on illegal working practices in the security industry

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) and HMRC have carried out joint operations in London, Bradford and Glasgow last week to ensure that security staff were employed legitimately and treated fairly. Teams attended a number of venues and spoke to security operatives to check the correct taxes were being paid and to ensure they were not … Continue reading Check on illegal working practices in the security industry

New qualification to give core digital skills

Ofqual has launched a second consultation on its remaining policy proposals and draft: Technical consultation on regulating Digital Functional Skills qualifications The qualifications are being introduced by the Department for Education (DfE) and will be designed to teach core digital skills needed for life and work. Ofqual will regulate these new qualifications. Ofqual consulted on … Continue reading New qualification to give core digital skills

Employers urged to help un-pause the careers of women in menopause

Menopausal women are the fastest growing demographic in the workforce, and this Older Workers Week (22nd – 28th November), Minister for Employment Mims Davies is calling on employers to strengthen their support to keep millions in work. With almost one in four women cutting their careers short because of the menopause, the Minister has called … Continue reading Employers urged to help un-pause the careers of women in menopause

National Apprenticeship Week theme ‘Build the Future’ announced for 2022

The theme of “Build the Future” continues for its second National Apprenticeship Week (NAW), which will take place between 7th and 13th February 2022. The 15th annual week-long celebration will take place across England, encouraging individuals of any age to reach their career goals by building their skills and knowledge through an apprenticeship. Peter Mucklow, … Continue reading National Apprenticeship Week theme ‘Build the Future’ announced for 2022

Margaret Beels appointed as Director of Labour Market Enforcement

“The new appointment will bolster government’s continued efforts to protect and enhance workers’ rights while stamping out workplace exploitation” Margaret Beels appointed as new Director of Labour Market EnforcementBeels will set strategic direction for labour market enforcement bodies and will oversee an annual assessment of the scale and nature of workplace non-compliance Margaret Beels OBE … Continue reading Margaret Beels appointed as Director of Labour Market Enforcement

Child Care Vouchers – 2022/2023 Basic Earnings Assessment Calculator

Employer who provide childcare vouchers to employees are required to undertake an annual Basic Earnings Assessment (BEA) prior to the start of the tax year to define the tax and NIC free amount of ChildCare Vouchers (CCV). The rates and limits available are set by the Westminster parliament and apply across the United Kingdom. There … Continue reading Child Care Vouchers – 2022/2023 Basic Earnings Assessment Calculator

Tax Administration and Maintenance Day – 30th November 2021

A Tax Administration and Maintenance day (TAMD) will take place on 30th November 2021.Consultations for announcements made at Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021, summaries of responses to recently closed consultations and technical information notices will be among documents published)None of the announcements will require legislation in the Finance Bill. A number of documents will … Continue reading Tax Administration and Maintenance Day – 30th November 2021

Software Developers HMRC NI Guidance 2022/2023 EB5

The HMRC Software Support Team (SDST) have issued the new National Insurance Contributions guidance for software developers. Effective for the tax year 2022 to 2023 – Technical Specification – issued January 2022. EB5 NI Guidance 2022-23_v1cDownload They have also issued an updated 2021-22 EB5 which includes NICs category V and the Veterans Upper Secondary Threshold … Continue reading Software Developers HMRC NI Guidance 2022/2023 EB5

Health and Social Care payslip message issued

On 7th September 2021, the government announced a new 1.25% Health and Social Care Levy to fund investment in the NHS and social care. The Levy will be effectively introduced from April 2022 when National Insurance Contributions (NICs) for working age employees, self-employed people and employers will increase by 1.25% and be added to the … Continue reading Health and Social Care payslip message issued

Over 100,000 young careers boosted by Kickstart

Launched as part of the government’s Plan for Jobs, Kickstart has helped young people in all corners of the country to develop new skills, build confidence, and get a crucial first foot on the career ladder, with jobs at a huge range of UK employers including Yorkshire Water, Pinewood Studios, JD Sports, EFL football clubs, … Continue reading Over 100,000 young careers boosted by Kickstart

Self Assessment – Don’t be scammed!

800,000 tax-related scams were reported in the last 12 months HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is preparing to issue emails and SMS to Self Assessment filers reminding them to be on their guard after nearly 800,000 tax-related scams were reported. Fraudsters are using Self Assessment to try and steal money or personal information from unsuspecting … Continue reading Self Assessment – Don’t be scammed!

Helping families access Child Trust Funds

Families seeking access to small funds belonging to loved ones who lack mental capacity are to benefit from a simpler and quicker system, under plans set out by ministers. A new streamlined process will allow withdrawals and payments from cash-based accounts, such as a Child Trust Fund (CTF) or a Junior ISA, up to £2,500 … Continue reading Helping families access Child Trust Funds

Made in the UK, Sold to the World

The Department for International Trade (DIT) has published a 12-point plan to help UK businesses hit £1 trillion in exports. The Government has launched a new ‘Made in the UK, Sold to the World’ plan to help businesses double exports and sell their products around the globe. The 12-point export strategy - published Wednesday 17th … Continue reading Made in the UK, Sold to the World

Millions paid below the real Living Wage

4.8 MILLION JOBS IN THE UK PAY BELOW THE REAL LIVING WAGE 1 in 6 (17.1%) of UK jobs pay below the real Living Wage, a significant decrease from last year’s figure of 5.4 million (1 in 5 or 20.2 per cent) Women (20.4 percent) are more likely to earn below the real Living Wage than men (13.9%) Part-time workers (33.2%) are … Continue reading Millions paid below the real Living Wage

REAL LIVING WAGE INCREASES TO £9.90 IN UK AND £11.05 IN LONDON AS COST OF LIVING RISES.

Over 300,000 Living Wage workers are set for a pay boost More than £1.6 billion in extra wages has gone to low-paid workers since the start of the Living Wage movement 20 years ago £613 million in extra wages has gone to low-paid workers since the start of lockdown, with a record number of employers … Continue reading REAL LIVING WAGE INCREASES TO £9.90 IN UK AND £11.05 IN LONDON AS COST OF LIVING RISES.

Warning highlighting online shopping product safety risks!

The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS), has issued an Important Product Safety Message in the run up to Christmas, asking the public to check who they are buying from. Many consumers are unaware that online platforms are not always the seller of the products on their websites but often act as an intermediary … Continue reading Warning highlighting online shopping product safety risks!

Employers – are you Disability Confident

The Disability Confident scheme supports employers to make the most of the talents disabled people can bring in the workplace. Over 20,000 organisations have already signed up. Disability Confident employers play a leading role in changing attitudes for the better. They’re changing behaviour and cultures in their own businesses, networks and communities, and reaping the … Continue reading Employers – are you Disability Confident

Just some extra cash!

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are reminding individuals that obtaining additional income from various sources may need to be declared and subject to Income Tax. This is 'casual income' and you might need to pay tax on it. This may include money someone earns from things like: selling things, for example at car boot sales … Continue reading Just some extra cash!

New rules put pension savers’ interests first

Plans to protect small pension pots from being eroded by charges will be introduced in April 2022. Hundreds of thousands of people will benefit from the new rules outlined by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Tuesday 9th November 2021, which will introduce a threshold at which pensions providers will no longer be able … Continue reading New rules put pension savers’ interests first

COVID-19 vaccination a condition of deployment for frontline health and social care workers

Health and social care workers, including volunteers who have face to face contact with service users, will need to provide evidence they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to be deployed, under new measures announced Measure aims to ensure patients and staff are protected against infectionDeadline for care home workers to be double … Continue reading COVID-19 vaccination a condition of deployment for frontline health and social care workers

Drivers miss out by not renewing licences online

New figures released by DVLA show that drivers missed out on £2.3 million of savings by not renewing their photocard driving licence online. The agency has revealed that between April 2020 and March 2021, around 23% of the 2 million renewal applications received were sent by post or via the post office. This is despite … Continue reading Drivers miss out by not renewing licences online

Time or running out for claimants with post office card accounts

Around 24,000 HMRC claimants with a Post Office card account have just three weeks left to update with new payment details before the 30th November 2021 deadline, or risk having payments paused. From 1st December 2021, HMRC will stop making tax credits, Child Benefit and Guardian’s Allowance payments to Post Office card accounts. HMRC is … Continue reading Time or running out for claimants with post office card accounts

New measures protect pension savers from scams

New measures to protect pension savers and help stop scam transfers in their tracks became law Monday 8th November 2021. The new regulations, which come into force on Tuesday 30th November 2021 mean suspicious transfers can be stopped from ending up in the hands of a fraudster, as pension trustees and scheme managers get new … Continue reading New measures protect pension savers from scams

Legislation update 2022 for payroll

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Following the successful Legislation update 2021 for payroll by PAYadvice.UK with 19,500 hits and downloads since its launch at the beginning of 2021, following the UK budget on 27th October trigger and confirming a number of payroll changes for April 2022, along with announcement by States of Guernsey and States of Jersey - PAYadvice.UK have … Continue reading Legislation update 2022 for payroll

Furlough numbers for September at record low

The number of people on furlough fell to a record low during its September 2021 last month of operation. Figures show 210,000 employees came off the scheme in September – and around half of the 1.1 million people supported were on flexible furlough working some of their usual hours. Insolvency Service data also showed redundancy … Continue reading Furlough numbers for September at record low

Welsh Government Attachment of Earnings Orders consultation

The Welsh Government is seeking views on the proposal to amend earnings thresholds for Attachment of Earnings Orders (AEO) issued by Welsh local authorities. They are proposing to uprate the AEO thresholds so that the level of earnings taken into account for council tax purposes reflects ‘real terms change’. Increasing the earnings limits will protect … Continue reading Welsh Government Attachment of Earnings Orders consultation

Agent view of Employer liabilities and payment for PAYE

The HMRC customer engagement team have provided the following in relation to payroll agents access to client information. Update on Agent view of employer liabilities and payments Rollout plan We are pleased to report that from Monday 1st November agents with up to 7,500 clients can now opt in to see employer liabilities and payments. What … Continue reading Agent view of Employer liabilities and payment for PAYE