HMRC fraud squad takes back £1 billion from offenders

More than £1 billion has been recovered from the proceeds of crime and tax offenders since the formation of a specialist HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) fraud squad five years ago.  Launched in April 2016, the department’s Fraud Investigation Service (FIS) has now recovered assets equivalent to funding around 20,000 NHS nurses for an entire … Continue reading HMRC fraud squad takes back £1 billion from offenders

Support to help more disabled people into work

New package of support to help thousands of disabled people into work as Government builds back fairer.15 Jobcentre Plus sites to trial framework to become more autism-friendly.26,000 work coaches are undergoing accessibility training to improve jobcentre services for disabled people. Thousands more disabled people are set to benefit from a new package of support designed … Continue reading Support to help more disabled people into work

2,828 ’elf Assessments filed on Christmas Day

More than 31,000 Self Assessments submissions for the 2020 to 2021 tax year over the festive period. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has revealed that 2,828 taxpayers filed their Self Assessment tax return on Christmas Day, compared to 2,700 in 2020. For thousands, filing their tax return on 25 December has become part of their … Continue reading 2,828 ’elf Assessments filed on Christmas Day

Industry given certainty around seasonal workers but told to focus on domestic workforce

Seasonal Worker visa route extended until end of 2024, to allow foreign workers to come to the UK for up to six months to pick both edible and ornamental crops. The visa scheme which allows seasonal workers to come to the UK will continue, but the government has demanded a plan from the sector to … Continue reading Industry given certainty around seasonal workers but told to focus on domestic workforce

Health and Care Visa scheme expanded

Care workers, care assistants and home care workers to become eligible for Health and Care Visa for 12 month period Care staff to be added to the Shortage Occupation List in response to pandemic pressuresVisa Boost complements £462.5m investment in Workforce Recruitment and Retention Fund Thousands of additional care workers can be recruited to boost … Continue reading Health and Care Visa scheme expanded

Protect yourself from online sales scams

The government is urging the public to protect themselves from online sales scams through five actionable steps. The public must be vigilant in protecting themselves from the threat of online scammers the Government has urged after a year which saw a record number of cyber attacks and online scams. Reports to Action Fraud, the national … Continue reading Protect yourself from online sales scams

£1 billion support for businesses impacted by Omicron

Businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors in England will be eligible for one-off grants of up to £6,000 per premises, plus more than £100 million discretionary funding will be made available for local authorities to support other businessesGovernment will also cover the cost of Statutory Sick Pay for Covid-related absences for small and medium-sized … Continue reading £1 billion support for businesses impacted by Omicron

Self-isolation reduced from 10 to 7 days

New guidance enables the 10-day self-isolation period for people who have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) to be reduced to 7 days, in most cases. People who receive negative LFD results on day 6 and day 7 of their self-isolation period – with tests taken 24 hours apart – will no longer have to self-isolate … Continue reading Self-isolation reduced from 10 to 7 days

Statutory Sick Pay rebate scheme (SSPRS) reopens

Chancellor, Rishi Sunak has announced support for businesses who have been impacted by the Omicron variant with the reopening of the SSP rebate scheme (SSPRS). It is a temporary scheme to support employers facing heightened levels of sickness absence due to COVID-19. The SSPRS will refund small and medium-sized employers’ COVID-related SSP costs for up … Continue reading Statutory Sick Pay rebate scheme (SSPRS) reopens

Trusted and modern: HMRC’s vision for the future

The Rt Hon Lucy Frazer QC MP Location: HMRC’s Regional Centre in Stratford.Delivered on: 6th December 2021 (Transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered) Good morning to everybody, both those who are here in person, and those who are online. Jim, thank you very much for inviting me today. I am really delighted … Continue reading Trusted and modern: HMRC’s vision for the future

Cyber laws to protect personal tech

Consumers will be better protected from attacks by hackers on their phones, tablets, smart TVs, fitness trackers and other internet-connectable devices due new law. Bill to better protect people’s smartphones, TVs, speakers, toys and other digital devices from hackersWill prevent the sale of consumer connectable products in the UK that do not meet baseline security … Continue reading Cyber laws to protect personal tech

Markets and outdoor marquees allowed permanently

Local hospitality businesses no longer need planning permission to put up marquees on their land and councils will no longer need planning permission to hold an outdoor marketMeasures originally introduced during the pandemic will now be made permanent following public consultationThis will draw more people to high streets and town centres and boost local businesses … Continue reading Markets and outdoor marquees allowed permanently

Welsh Devolved Taxes and Welsh Rates of Income Tax – Draft Budget 2022-2023

Welsh Rates of Income Tax The draft Budget assumes the three Welsh Rates of Income Tax (basic, higher and additional) will remain at 10% (10p in the pound) for 2022-23. This will be subject to Senedd approval through a Rate Resolution and will mean that Welsh taxpayers will continue to pay the same rates as … Continue reading Welsh Devolved Taxes and Welsh Rates of Income Tax – Draft Budget 2022-2023

HMRC to name tax avoidance promoters

Naming tax avoidance promoters As part of the approach to support taxpayers to steer clear, or move out, of tax avoidance HMRC plans to publish details of those involved in the supply of mass-marketed tax avoidance schemes and details of the schemes they are selling. This will enable taxpayers to spot avoidance schemes more easily … Continue reading HMRC to name tax avoidance promoters

HMRC late payment interest rates to increase

HMRC interest rates for late payments will be revised following the Bank of England interest rate rise to 0.25%. The Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee voted on 16th December 2021 to increase the base rate to 0.25% from 0.1%. As a consequence, the HMRC interest rates (which are linked) for late payments will increase. … Continue reading HMRC late payment interest rates to increase

Temporary changes to the self-certification period for sickness absence

HMRC have issued the following and asked that we share: On 12th December, the Prime Minister launched the Omicron Emergency Boost, with the NHS expected to offer every eligible adult over the age of 18 a booster vaccination by 31st December. Developing this accelerated booster programme presents a huge challenge for the NHS and it … Continue reading Temporary changes to the self-certification period for sickness absence

Gender neutral X passport case lost

In an appeal judgement given by the Supreme Court, the requirement for the passport office to issue gender neutral passports (gender X), has been lost. Background The Appellant was born female but underwent several operations that were successful in achieving the desired status of "non-gendered." From 1995 onwards the Appellant has been in contact with … Continue reading Gender neutral X passport case lost

Skills boost to support jobs

Nine new Institutes of Technology and a multi-million-pound investment in skills and technical training to level up opportunities. Adults and young people will benefit from more high-quality and flexible education and training – levelling up opportunities and supporting more people into higher skilled, higher wage jobs. Those looking to upskill or retrain will have access … Continue reading Skills boost to support jobs

Employee Sickness self-certification extended to 28 days

The DWP and HMRC have applied a statutory instrument which comes into force on Friday 17th December 2021 which extends employee sickness self-certification until 26th January 2022. …. …. This modifies the Statutory Sick Pay (Medical Evidence) Regulations 1985 to provide that an employee shall not be required to provide medical information for the first … Continue reading Employee Sickness self-certification extended to 28 days

New CDC pension scheme one step closer

A new type of pension scheme delivering reliable returns – and potentially boosting retirement incomes for millions, will soon become a reality after regulations were laid in Parliament. The new Collective Defined Contribution pension will see both the employer and employee pay into a collective fund, with pensions paid out from this shared pot. Benefits … Continue reading New CDC pension scheme one step closer

Consultation: disability workforce reporting

The Minister for Disabled People launches a consultation on disability workforce reporting as part of the National Disability Strategy Consultation one of 100 immediate commitments in the National Disability StrategyEmployers, staff networks, disabled people and their organisations, encouraged to have their saySurvey will run until close 25th March 2022. Views on voluntary and mandatory reporting … Continue reading Consultation: disability workforce reporting

Crackdown on directors who dissolve companies to evade debts

Rogue directors who dissolve companies and avoid paying liabilities to staff, creditors and the taxpayer can now be disqualified from being a director. The Insolvency Service has new powers to tackle unfit directors who dissolve companies to avoid paying liabilities. The Rating (Coronavirus) and Directors Disqualification (Dissolved Companies) Act helps tackle directors dissolving companies to … Continue reading Crackdown on directors who dissolve companies to evade debts

Record £1 billion child support

New figures reveal a record £1 billion in child maintenance payments has been collected and arranged in the last 12 months to September 2021. Figures reveal: nearly 800,000 children are now covered by a child maintenance arrangementresults prove strength of vital service to separated parents and children The sum was collected and arranged on behalf … Continue reading Record £1 billion child support

Record number of people on payroll

The December 2021 Office of National Statistics (ONS) report: Labour market overview, UK: December 2021 The data comes from HM Revenue and Customs' (HMRC's) Pay As You Earn (PAYE) Real Time Information (RTI) system. Covering the whole working population within PAYE rather than a sample of people or companies. RTI data allows more detailed estimates … Continue reading Record number of people on payroll

Second State Pension Age Review

The next review of State Pension age has been launched by the Government. The Review is to consider whether the rules around pensionable age are appropriate, based on the latest life expectancy data and other evidence. The Pensions Act 2014 requires government to regularly review State Pension age, and in accordance with law, this latest … Continue reading Second State Pension Age Review

TUC want to hear from Childcare workers

The TUC is looking to engage with childcare workers to understand their experiences of working in the sector before and during the pandemic. They want to understand the priorities childcare workers have for reform of the sector and what they would like to see happen to improve working conditions. Who should complete this survey The … Continue reading TUC want to hear from Childcare workers

HMRC December 2021 Employer Bulletin

HMRC have issued the December 2021 Employer Bulletin, again, packed full with information. In this month’s edition of the Employer Bulletin there are important updates and information on the following: PAYE Health and Social Care – National Insurance contribution increaseNational Insurance holiday for employers of veteransReporting benefits and expenses in real-timeEmployers using Category M National … Continue reading HMRC December 2021 Employer Bulletin

Scottish budget 2022-2023 sets out Scottish Income Tax changes

The following is extracted from the document Scottish Budget: 2022-23 issued alongside the budget delivered on 9th December 2021. The Scottish Parliament has the power to set the Income Tax rates and bands for the non-savings, non-dividend income of Scottish taxpayers, with the revenue received coming to the Scottish Government through the operation of the … Continue reading Scottish budget 2022-2023 sets out Scottish Income Tax changes

Why are employers breaking minimum wage law? ‘don’t be a Scrooge – pay your staff properly’

Government has named and shamed another 208 businesses which failed to pay the minimum wage to 12,000 of the lowest paid workers. What are employers doing wrong? The employers named underpaid workers in the following ways: Deduction and Dress codes 37% - deductions that reduce minimum wage pay, for example workers out of pocket to … Continue reading Why are employers breaking minimum wage law? ‘don’t be a Scrooge – pay your staff properly’

Record numbers study nursing and midwifery

Record numbers of students accepted places to study nursing and midwifery in England this year for the second year running. The figures from this year’s admission cycle show 30,185 acceptances, an increase of 1.5% (445) compared to last year when there were 29,740 acceptances. Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Sajid Javid: It … Continue reading Record numbers study nursing and midwifery

More help to train and test new HGV drivers

First intensive short courses in HGV driving under way to help tackle skills shortages and support 11,000 people launching new careers in the logistics sector. Free courses to train as HGV drivers are under way as part of a package of measures to ease driver shortages and support supply chains for Christmas and beyond. Skills … Continue reading More help to train and test new HGV drivers

‘Passport’ to help disabled graduates get in to employment

Hundreds of disabled university students are set to benefit from a new ‘passport’ scheme that will support them as they move into work. The Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) Access to Work Adjustment Passport is to help ease the transition from university into employment by reducing the need for repeated health assessments. A pilot … Continue reading ‘Passport’ to help disabled graduates get in to employment