Brexit Freedoms Bill to cut EU red tape

A new ‘Brexit Freedoms’ Bill will be brought forward by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, to mark the two-year anniversary of Getting Brexit Done. ‘Brexit Freedoms’ Bill will be brought forward to end to the special status of EU law and ensure that it can be more easily amended or removedMajor cross-government drive to cut £1 … Continue reading Brexit Freedoms Bill to cut EU red tape

Student Loan Plan 2 and Post-Graduate loan thresholds frozen

The Plan 2 and PGL thresholds for 2022/2023 have been confirmed. Statement - Higher Education update Both thresholds remain at their tax year 2021/2022 levels, i.e.: Plan 2 - £27,295 per year (£2,274 per month, or £524 per week) Post-Graduate - £21,000 per year (£1,750 per month or £404 per week) So the confirmed Student … Continue reading Student Loan Plan 2 and Post-Graduate loan thresholds frozen

Campaigners call for urgent action on diversion of tax refunds

In light of reports of problems from taxpayers that are increasing in both number and seriousness, the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) is calling on HMRC to stop accepting deeds of assignment at face value with immediate effect and also to revisit historic deeds in certain cases where questions are raised about their validity. … Continue reading Campaigners call for urgent action on diversion of tax refunds

Sick pay self-certification returns to 7 days coverage

End to temporary changes to the self-certification period for sickness absence In December 2021, the government made regulations to extend the self-certification period for sickness absences from 7 days to 28 days. This was a strictly time-limited change to support the government priority to increase GP capacity immediately and enable GPs to focus on the … Continue reading Sick pay self-certification returns to 7 days coverage

Funding boost to Citizens Advice to deliver ‘Help to Claim’ Universal Credit support

Free confidential and impartial support to help people make a Universal Credit claim will continue to be delivered across Great Britain for the fourth year running. The Department for Work and Pensions ‘Help to Claim’ support will be delivered independently by Citizens Advice, in partnership with Citizens Advice Scotland, following a further £21.3 million investment. … Continue reading Funding boost to Citizens Advice to deliver ‘Help to Claim’ Universal Credit support

COVID-19: England returns to plan A

All measures under Plan B have been lifted meaning face coverings are no longer mandatory in indoor venuesCOVID Passes are now voluntary for large events and nightclubs and people are no longer being advised to work from homeIt comes as hospital admissions stabilise, Omicron infections decline and the number of people in intensive care with … Continue reading COVID-19: England returns to plan A

Scottish changes to working from home

Hybrid working to resume in Scotland from 31st January 2022. The Scottish government has confirmed that businesses can prepare to resume hybrid working from Monday 31st January 2022, enabling more people to have a flexible return to working between home and the office. Due to the continued decline in Covid case rates and the progressing … Continue reading Scottish changes to working from home

Reported HMRC scam calls drop 97%

Reports of scam HMRC phone calls have fallen by 97% over the last 12 months, latest HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) figures show, which display a downward trend in reports overall throughout the past year. Reports of scammers impersonating HMRC in phone calls peaked at 79,477 in March 2021 and fell to just 2,491 in December 2021. … Continue reading Reported HMRC scam calls drop 97%

Help to Grow: Digital scheme – letter to FTSE 250 leaders

The Secretary of State for BEIS has written to FTSE 250 leaders about the newly launched Help to Grow: Digital scheme. RT HON KWASI KWARTENG MPSecretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy He is asking for support in encouraging small and medium businesses to explore the newly launched Help to Grow: Digital scheme. … Continue reading Help to Grow: Digital scheme – letter to FTSE 250 leaders

Returning to offices

Cabinet Office Minister calls for Government departments to accelerate the return to office based working to boost staff collaboration and help support local businesses The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Steve Barclay, has tasked departments across government with ensuring their offices can return quickly to full occupancy following the lifting of work from home … Continue reading Returning to offices

England to return to Plan A

People will no longer be advised to work from home, face coverings will no longer be mandatory in indoor venues, and organisations will be able to choose whether to require NHS Covid PassesVaccination remains the best defence against COVID-19 and people are urged to Get Boosted Now The government announced Wednesday 19th January 2022 that … Continue reading England to return to Plan A

New digital identity checking for employers to tackle immigration abuse

Employers, Landlords and letting agents will be able to use certified new technology to digitally carry out vital right to work and right to rent checks aimed to crack down on abuse of the immigration system. The government has announced that, from 6th April 2022, certified identity service providers (IDSPs) will be able to use … Continue reading New digital identity checking for employers to tackle immigration abuse

Statutory Sick Pay Rebate (SSPR) service opens

HM Revenue and Customs have written to employers and agents to let them know that the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate (SSPR) service is now open from Wednesday 19th January 2022. Employers could be eligible for support if they employed fewer than 250 employees on 30th November 2021, and they’ve paid Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) to … Continue reading Statutory Sick Pay Rebate (SSPR) service opens

New measures introduced to protect savers and boost pension guidance take-up

New rules to ensure savers are fully informed of their options when seeking to access their pension pots became law Monday 17th January 2022. The “Stronger Nudge to pension guidance” measures, which come into force on 1st June 2022, will require occupational pension schemes to present guidance as a routine part of accessing pension savings. … Continue reading New measures introduced to protect savers and boost pension guidance take-up

The 2022 annual report on the National Insurance Funds

Focus on the National Insurance Fund The Government Actuary has published the annual report on the National Insurance Fund (NIF) for Great Britain. The report: projects contribution income, benefit payments and the balance of the NIF over the coming financial yearsis a source of information for MPs who scrutinise the government’s draft legislation for up-rating … Continue reading The 2022 annual report on the National Insurance Funds

Tax refund companies under fire for high fees

People are losing out on hundreds of pounds after being enticed into using third-party companies to claim tax rebates instead of going directly to HMRC, according to Which? In a survey of over 4,000 people, the consumer champion found one in five (22%) had been contacted by a tax refund company, heard of one by … Continue reading Tax refund companies under fire for high fees

From Monday 17th January, self-isolation ends after 5 full days

People self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative on both day 5 and day 6 and do not have a temperature, from Monday, 17 JanuaryIndividuals who are still positive on their rapid lateral flow tests must stay in isolation until they have … Continue reading From Monday 17th January, self-isolation ends after 5 full days

HMRC responds to claims

HMRC, 100 Parliament Street Responses to myths, misconceptions and inaccurate stories or claims about HMRC. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) sometimes faces criticism or negative commentary in relation to its enforcement activity. As a consequence the government department has issued some response providing clarification and challenging some myths that may circulate. HMRC does not do … Continue reading HMRC responds to claims

State Pension Age review

The next review of State Pension age has been launched. The review considers 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 Review must be published by … Continue reading State Pension Age review

HMRC gives Self Assessment taxpayers more time to ease COVID-19 pressures

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is waiving late filing and late payment penalties for Self Assessment taxpayers for one month – giving them extra time, if they need it, to complete their 2020 to 2021 tax return and pay any tax due. HMRC is encouraging taxpayers to file and pay on time if they can, … Continue reading HMRC gives Self Assessment taxpayers more time to ease COVID-19 pressures

Blooms – How an employer can employ someone from outside of the UK

The following case study is issued by UK Visas and Immigration as example of how an employer can employ someone from outside of the UK and the steps they will take to apply for a sponsor licence. Blooms florists Employing someone with settled status Sole proprietor florist with a small high street shop, trading as … Continue reading Blooms – How an employer can employ someone from outside of the UK

New critical workforce testing measures

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has acknowledged the disruption to the workforce caused by the spread of Omicron and set out further measures the government is taking to address this. He announced the Government will provide 100,000 critical workers in England with free lateral flow tests to help keep essential services and supply chains running. … Continue reading New critical workforce testing measures

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – saving UK employment

Source: HMRC, Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme statistics The House of Commons library has published the statistical report for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, referred to as ‘Furlough’. The Scheme applied from 1st March 2020, to prevent mass redundancies due to the COVID-19 pandemics impact on the U.K. economy and specifically employment. The scheme ended on … Continue reading Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – saving UK employment