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

Holiday accrual, how does it work?

Holiday entitlements and pay are some of the most misunderstood and abused employment rights law in the UK. Statistics show that 1.8 million workers and employees are denied their holiday pay rights amounting to underpayments of £1.8 billion. A number of myths abound in UK employment practice, especially around the concept of Holiday Accrual, Holiday … Continue reading Holiday accrual, how does it work?

Short university courses to provide flexible training

Learners will be able to upskill or retrain at a pace that fits their lives through short university and college courses supported by bespoke loans People looking to study or train throughout their lives will have access to short university or college courses, in a major shake-up of traditional higher education. Universities and further education … Continue reading Short university courses to provide flexible training

Home Working impact on older workers

The Office for National Statistics report shows that the shift towards working from home seen during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic may have helped enable older workers to remain in the labour market for longer. The report shows: Early exit of older workers from the UK labour market, between the age of 50 years and prior … Continue reading Home Working impact on older workers

Off-payroll (IR35) contracted out services

Off-payroll working rules (commonly known as IR35) changed on 6th April 2021. In efforts to overcome IR35 responsibilities some arrangements are being promoted that indicate some client organisations would no longer be responsible for considering the off payroll working rules. These may be labelled as ‘contracted out services’ or ‘statement of works’. It is important to fully consider any arrangements in response to changes to … Continue reading Off-payroll (IR35) contracted out services

Using unfunded pension arrangements

In the agent update 87, the HMRC remind agents about an arrangement where a company creates an unfunded pension obligation to pay a director of the company a pension. The company may then transfer their obligation to pay the director a pension to a relative or another individual closely associated with the director. The arrangements … Continue reading Using unfunded pension arrangements

HMRC Agent Update 87 published (August 2021)

Dear PAYadvice.UK, Agent Update: issue 87 is now available and contains the latest guidance and information for tax agents and advisers. This edition of Agent Update includes: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme VAT reverse chargeMaking Tax Digitalbasis period reform consultationEU settlement scheme. Just a reminder that Agent Update is now produced monthly, and your next issue is … Continue reading HMRC Agent Update 87 published (August 2021)

Actions for you and your clients – preparing 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 the latest on the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) and a reminder of the ‌14th September 2021 deadline for submitting your clients’ August Coronavirus Job Retention … Continue reading Actions for you and your clients – preparing for closure of the Job Retention Scheme and the latest on SEISS

31st August Deadline for parents to update Child Benefit for 16 year olds

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding parents and carers they have until 31st August 2021 to confirm whether their teenagers are staying in full-time education or training beyond 16. Last week, teenagers across the UK received their GSCE or Scottish National Certificate results and many are now considering their future. If they decide to … Continue reading 31st August Deadline for parents to update Child Benefit for 16 year olds

Absurd excuses for not paying National Minimum Wage published

By law, workers must be paid at least the minimum wage for their age - the following are 10 outrageous excuses employers have used to try and flout the rules. While the majority of employers pay their employees at least the National Minimum Wage, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has released some of the absurd … Continue reading Absurd excuses for not paying National Minimum Wage published

Act quickly to get your tax credits reinstated

The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) is urging people who missed the 31 July tax credits renewals deadline to contact HMRC urgently to restart their tax credit payments. Meeting the 31 July deadline was crucial for those who were told to contact HMRC to renew their tax credits. HMRC stop tax credit payments to … Continue reading Act quickly to get your tax credits reinstated

New HMRC Director General announced for Customer Strategy and Tax Design

HM Revenue and Customs Chief Executive and Permanent Secretary Jim Harra announces that Jonathan Athow has been appointed as the new Director General for the Customer Strategy and Tax Design Group. This follows the departure of Ruth Stanier from the role as she undertakes a 12-month career break. Jonathan is currently Deputy National Statistician and … Continue reading New HMRC Director General announced for Customer Strategy and Tax Design

Business growth scheme open to next group of space entrepreneurs

A pioneering programme to help firms find their place in space has given a total of 31 businesses a £900,000 boost and created new jobs - and the search is now on to find the next group of entrepreneurs. Twenty businesses will be supported on the next phase of the Leo Programme, a free six-month … Continue reading Business growth scheme open to next group of space entrepreneurs

Student Loan plan 1 Threshold uplift for April 2022 confirmed

The Department for Education (DfE) confirmed the annual updates to the Thresholds of Income Contingent Student Loans and Mortgage Style Student Loans. Income Contingent Student Loans for pre-2012 (Plan 1) loans From 6 April 2022, the repayment threshold for pre-2012 (Plan 1) loans will rise to £20,195. PSP 2021(c) Income Contingent Student Loans for post-2012 … Continue reading Student Loan plan 1 Threshold uplift for April 2022 confirmed

HMRC August 2021 Employer Bulletin

HMRC have issued the August 2021 Employer Bulletin, again, packed full with information. In this month’s edition of the Employer Bulletin there are updates and information on the following: UK Transition Travellers carrying cash Changes to right to work checks from 1 July 2021EU Settlement Scheme: late applications Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates and information Coronavirus Job Retention … Continue reading HMRC August 2021 Employer Bulletin

Events industry boost with Government-backed insurance scheme

As the economy reopens with the lifting of Covid restrictions, getting the right kind of insurance is acting as a barrier for some events organisers impacting jobs. So the government has partnered with Lloyd’s to deliver the Live Events Reinsurance Scheme as part of the Plan for Jobs. The scheme will see the government act … Continue reading Events industry boost with Government-backed insurance scheme

Temporary protection for more applicants to the Settlement Scheme

EEA citizens and their family members who apply late to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) will have their rights protected as the Home Office continues to support those wanting to stay in the UK. More than 6 million applications were made to EUSS before the 30th June 2021 deadline for those resident in the UK … Continue reading Temporary protection for more applicants to the Settlement Scheme

New flexible approach to apprenticeships

Sectors including the creative, agriculture and construction industries can now bid for a share of a £7 million fund to support the creation of new flexible apprenticeships, unlocking more opportunities for people to develop the skills they need to get good jobs. Apprenticeships are at least 12 months long, so some sectors with flexible employment … Continue reading New flexible approach to apprenticeships

Minimum wage law breaker Employers ‘named and shamed’

Government names and shames 191 employers who have underpaid workers, including major household namesnamed firms have been fined for owing £2.1 million to over 34,000 workersBusiness Minister Paul Scully: “Employers that short-change workers won’t get off lightly” Thursday 5th August 2021 - 191 businesses are being named for breaking national minimum wage law. Following investigations … Continue reading Minimum wage law breaker Employers ‘named and shamed’

Freeports Employer NICs Relief (FENR)

HM Revenue & Customs Software Developers Support Team (SDST) has issued briefing notes for developers in relation to changes for the April 2022 introduction of Freeports Employer NICs Relief (FENR). The relief applies from April 2021, however HMRC were unable to ready their systems in time for real time operations and employers will be expected … Continue reading Freeports Employer NICs Relief (FENR)

NICs Holiday for Employers of Veterans (NHEV)

HM Revenue & Customs Software Developers Support Team (SDST) has issued briefing notes for developers in relation to changes for National Insurance Contributions Holiday for Employers of Veterans abbreviated as NHEV. The relief applies from April 2021, however HMRC were unable to ready their systems in time for real time operations and employers will be … Continue reading NICs Holiday for Employers of Veterans (NHEV)

TUC urges ban on umbrella companies – end exploitation of workers amid scandalous workplace practices which have “no place in modern Britain”

Union body warns use of umbrella companies could spiral post-pandemic New TUC research estimates that half of agency workers work for umbrella companies The TUC has called for umbrella companies to be banned. The union body says the scandalous workplace practices associated with umbrella companies have “no place in modern Britain”. An umbrella company is … Continue reading TUC urges ban on umbrella companies – end exploitation of workers amid scandalous workplace practices which have “no place in modern Britain”

Numbers on furlough fall to lowest level

As the economy begins to recover and business reopens, new statistics show that nearly three million people have moved off the furlough scheme since March. More than half a million people left the scheme in the month of June alone, with fewer than two million people now remaining on furlough Figures published which cover up … Continue reading Numbers on furlough fall to lowest level

New National Disability Strategy launched

More accessible housing, easier commuting and better job prospects are set to become reality for millions of disabled people in the UK through actions set out in the government’s National Disability Strategy. Disabled people set to benefit from plans to upgrade job support and opportunities, housing and transport as part of a new National Disability … Continue reading New National Disability Strategy launched

National Apprenticeship Week 2022 set for 7th to 13th February 2022

National Apprenticeship Week aims to highlight the exceptional work being done by employers and apprentices across the country. National Apprenticeship Week 2022 will take place from 7th to 13th February 2022It provides an excellent opportunity to celebrate apprenticeships and bring the whole apprenticeship community togetherThe Week will shine a light on the positive differences that … Continue reading National Apprenticeship Week 2022 set for 7th to 13th February 2022

No, we’re not replacing cash with ‘Britcoin’

“There’s been some coverage over the weekend about the UK’s plan for a digital currency (Britcoin?!) so I thought I would take a moment to explain exactly what we’re doing to ensure we remain at the cutting edge of technology while also protecting access to cash”. See the Chancellors article on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/embed/feed/update/urn:li:share:6825440508035387392 PAYadvice.UK 26/7/2021

Simplified tax reporting for self-employed and small businesses

Reforms to the tax system that will make it easier for small businesses to fill out their returns have been announced by the government 20th July 2021. Self-employed and small businesses are set to benefit from simpler tax reporting ruleNew measures to clamp down on promoters of tax avoidance, including supporting taxpayers to steer clear … Continue reading Simplified tax reporting for self-employed and small businesses

Increasing the normal minimum pension age: consultation response

In its response to the consultation on how to implement the normal minimum pension age increase and the proposed protections framework, the government will legislate in the Finance Bill to increase the normal minimum pension age from 55 to 57 on 6th April 2028. This is the age at which most members of registered pension … Continue reading Increasing the normal minimum pension age: consultation response

£375 million scheme to drive investment in innovative firms of the future opens for applications

£375 million Future Fund: Breakthrough opens for applications to help high-growth, R&D intensive companies bring game-changing technologies to marketThe government will co-invest with private investors to help scale-up innovations across UK industries including life sciences and clean technology – driving economy and creating jobsChancellor Rishi Sunak will convene a landmark Treasury Connect conference in London … Continue reading £375 million scheme to drive investment in innovative firms of the future opens for applications

Action required – upcoming deadline for furloughing employees and the latest on SEISS

Dear Payadvice.UK , I’m writing to you with the latest information about the financial support schemes available to help your clients, as part of the UK Government’s Plan for Jobs. This includes the latest on the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) and upcoming changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). To find out what … Continue reading Action required – upcoming deadline for furloughing employees and the latest on SEISS

A new way forward for workplace pensions

A new type of pension scheme, with the potential to provide better retirement outcomes and stability, moves a step closer. The new, Collective Defined Contribution (CDC) schemes, will offer savers an income in retirement and also ensure that costs are predictable for employers. They work by both employers and employees contributing to a collective fund, … Continue reading A new way forward for workplace pensions

Cleaners targeted to check their wages

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are targeting contact with those employed in the cleaning sector making them aware of their employers National Minimum Wage obligations. ‘Are you, or someone you know, working in the cleaning sector on the National Minimum Wage?’ The HMRC are highlighting that ‘Unpaid working hours and workers having to pay for … Continue reading Cleaners targeted to check their wages

Skills training boosted

Measures to boost the nation’s skills, level up opportunities and get more people into better paid jobs have been announced. The measures come after Prime Minister Johnson delivered the levelling up speech, underling the need to escalate the value of practical and vocational education through the Lifetime Skills Guarantee. The Government’s Skills Bootcamp training programmes … Continue reading Skills training boosted

Job Retention Scheme 15th July updates

The HMRC have added further updates to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) on Thursday 15th July 2021. The main changes are removal of claim periods ending on or before 30th June 2021, details of the new August taper added to the callout boxes and other parts of the guidance, the addition of taper examples … Continue reading Job Retention Scheme 15th July updates

HMRC Agent Update 86 has been published

Dear PAYadvice.UK, Agent Update: issue 86 is now available and contains the latest guidance and information for tax agents and advisers. This edition of Agent Update includes: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme VAT reverse chargeon-line print and post for VAT registrationsCorporate Interest Restriction. Agent Update: issue 86 Just a reminder that Agent Update is now produced … Continue reading HMRC Agent Update 86 has been published

HMRC’s performance during a unique year

PSP (c)2019 HMRC have issued the following news story (13th July 2021) relating to the departments performance. “Published 13 July 2021 Today we have published HMRC’s quarter 4 performance update for 2020 to 2021 and our regular monthly customer service and complaints update covering March 2021. These figures are subject to change until the final … Continue reading HMRC’s performance during a unique year

6,150 investigations of furlough fraud underway

In a parliamentary response to a question from the DUPs Mr Gregory Campbell asking for information on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), the Treasury Minister Jesse Norman has confirmed that 1.3 million UK employers have used the furlough scheme to protect jobs. He also confirmed that HMRC have opened 6,150 inquiries into suspected overpayments … Continue reading 6,150 investigations of furlough fraud underway

Insecure work

Special edition of the TUC’s Jobs and recovery monitor According to the TUC, The coronavirus pandemic has exposed the reality of insecure work in the UK. Care workers, delivery drivers and shopworkers played a crucial role in keeping society going. Meanwhile, in sectors like hospitality many insecure workers often found themselves without work. This TUC … Continue reading Insecure work

Higher GCSE grades linked to lifetime earnings boost

New research shows the link between GCSE attainment and earnings over a person's lifetime. Those who perform just one GCSE grade better than their counterparts across nine subjects have been shown to earn on average over £200,000 more throughout their lives. Statisticians and economists at the Department for Education have established a direct link between … Continue reading Higher GCSE grades linked to lifetime earnings boost

Savers urged to be savvy before shifting savings

Plans to support savers seeking access to their pension pots agave been outlined in a change to ensure people are fully informed before moving their money. Currently, when people want access to their savings, their pension scheme is only required to tell them that free, impartial guidance is available from Pension Wise. New “Stronger Nudge” … Continue reading Savers urged to be savvy before shifting savings

Government launches campaign encouraging families to Rediscover Summer

The campaign highlights a range of activities and opportunities for families, children and young people such as exploring a local museum or discovering a National Cycling Network TrailFamilies encouraged to get back out and Rediscover Summer after a year of missed opportunities The government’s Rediscover Summer campaign has launched to help inspire families to get … Continue reading Government launches campaign encouraging families to Rediscover Summer

Summer job? Check: your hourly rate, any deductions or unpaid time.

Last year, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) helped more than 150,000 workers who were paid under the minimum wage and is reminding seasonal summer staff to check their pay. HMRC are reminding Students and seasonal staff to check that they are being paid at least the National Minimum Wage (NMW). All workers are legally entitled … Continue reading Summer job? Check: your hourly rate, any deductions or unpaid time.

Plan for Jobs one year on: More than a third of the working population supported through the pandemic

More than a third of the working population have been supported since the coronavirus pandemic began, according to figures released one year on from the announcement of the government’s landmark Plan for Jobs. latest figures show the UK Government supported over 14.5 million jobs and individuals since pandemic began - more than a third of … Continue reading Plan for Jobs one year on: More than a third of the working population supported through the pandemic

Extended Loss Carry Back

Extended Loss Carry Back – help for businesses The Extended Loss Carry Back measure announced at Budget 2021 allows businesses to make claims to carry back losses for a further two years than current rules allow. This temporary extension applies for losses in accounting periods ending between 1st A‌pr‌il 2020 and 31st M‌ar‌c‌h 20‌‌‌22. Claims … Continue reading Extended Loss Carry Back

Job Retention Scheme July update

Submit your CJRS claims for June If you haven’t submitted your June claim, employers must do so by We‌dn‌esd‌ay 14th J‌ul‌y. For June employers can claim 80% of their furloughed employees’ usual wages (based on an historic snapshot point) for the hours not worked, up to a cap of £2,500 per month. What you or … Continue reading Job Retention Scheme July update

Self-isolation to be eased – Step 4

From 16th August 2021, double jabbed individuals and under 18s will no longer need to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19 As part of step 4 of the COVID-19 roadmap, double vaccinated people will no longer be legally required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close … Continue reading Self-isolation to be eased – Step 4

Covid loans data reveals £80 billion support

Businesses were supported through the pandemic with nearly £80 billion of emergency government-backed loans, final figures published by HM Treasury 6th July 2021 reveal. Businesses across the UK have received almost £80 billion worth of emergency government-backed loans during the Covid crisisOver 1.6 million loans – including Bounce Back Loans and Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans … Continue reading Covid loans data reveals £80 billion support

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) 5th grant

Claiming the fifth SEISS grant  The Self Employed will be able to make claims for the fifth SEISS grant when the online claims service opens in late J‌ul‌y. From mid-J‌ul‌y, HMRC will be contacting those who may be eligible to let them know their personal claim date. This will be the earliest date they can … Continue reading Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) 5th grant

Job Retention Scheme updates 1st July 2021

Only one update to the guidance this past week - employees will be able to view the claims made by their employer for the claim periods from Dec 2020 to Apr 2021 on 29th July 2021 Page titleChangesCheck if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Employee Page)To include: Claim periods from December … Continue reading Job Retention Scheme updates 1st July 2021

UK secures the rights of millions of EU citizens

There were 6 million applications to the EU Settlement Scheme by 30th June 2021, securing EU citizens’ rights in the UK. Statistics released Friday 2nd July 2021, show there were 6.02 million applications made to the scheme by 30th June, with 5.1 million grants of status. There have been more than 5.3 million applications from … Continue reading UK secures the rights of millions of EU citizens

440,000 tax credits customers still to renew claims

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding 440,000 tax credits customers they have one month left to renew their tax credits claims ahead of the 31st July 2021 deadline. More than 2.5 million annual tax credits review packs were posted to customers between late April and early June. Customers will have either received an ‘auto-renewal’ … Continue reading 440,000 tax credits customers still to renew claims

Job Retention Scheme numbers continue to shrink

Some highlights from the statistics CJRS has supported a total of 11.6 million jobs across all claims submitted to HMRCby 14th June 2021the number of employments on furlough has decreased by 1.2 million from 30th April to 2.4 million on furlough at 31st May 2021, down from 3.5 million on 30th April. Numbers on CJRS … Continue reading Job Retention Scheme numbers continue to shrink

EU Settlement date has passed – what are the options

If you have missed the deadline, see if you can make a late application. Click on the graphic above. The deadline for applying for most people was 30 June 2021. You can still apply if that deadline did not apply to you, or you have ‘reasonable grounds’ for not applying by the deadline. If you’re applying … Continue reading EU Settlement date has passed – what are the options

‘Employers must do more to address flexible working inequality’ says CIPD, as new analysis highlights ‘flexible working notspots’ across the UK

The CIPD is warning of the risks of potentially creating a two-tier workforce after its analysis of official data found the use of different flexible working arrangements is unequal across the UK – with some areas exposed as 'flexible working notspots'. Using data from the ONS Labour Force Survey, the CIPD has ranked UK nations … Continue reading ‘Employers must do more to address flexible working inequality’ says CIPD, as new analysis highlights ‘flexible working notspots’ across the UK

Right to Work Checklist changed 1st July 2021

Not before but on 1st July with little to no preparation time for U.K. employers, the Home Office have issued a revised Right To Work checklist for employers. Revised guidance for the changes required from 1st July were only issued late on Friday 18th June 2021 with employers only having less than 13 days to … Continue reading Right to Work Checklist changed 1st July 2021

Guernsey delay introduction of new Secondary Pension to 2023

The States of Guernsey Committee for Employment & Social Security is seeking to reassure employers and pension providers that they will be given sufficient time to prepare for the incoming Secondary Pensions legislation. The original aim was for the legislation, which is currently being drafted, to come into effect from January 2022, but the Committee … Continue reading Guernsey delay introduction of new Secondary Pension to 2023

New subsidy system to supports UK jobs and businesses

Businesses across the UK will be able to benefit from financial support due to new subsidy control systems after leaving the EU. New UK-wide subsidy control system to provide quicker and more flexible support to UK businesses following the departure from the EUdecisions previously subject to approval by EU to be decided in the UKdevolved … Continue reading New subsidy system to supports UK jobs and businesses

Motorists warned of websites charging a premium for free DVLA services on GOV.UK

DVLA has been contacted more than 1,200 times since January 2020 by customers who have paid more for services than they need to by using unaffiliated websites. DVLA is urging motorists to beware of websites that charge a premium for DVLA online services that are cheaper or free on GOV.UK. The agency is reminding motorists … Continue reading Motorists warned of websites charging a premium for free DVLA services on GOV.UK

Tax refund company complaints increase

The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) is concerned that some people who have used a tax refund company to get a PPI (payment protection insurance) or working from home tax refund are now discovering that unconnected tax refunds are also going to the refund company, with further fees being deducted. Deed of assignment! People … Continue reading Tax refund company complaints increase

New measures to help vulnerable people in problem debt

The government legislate increases to the number of people eligible for Debt Relief orders (DROs). DROs apply to England and Wales only (personal insolvency is devolved to Scotland and Northern Ireland.) New monetary eligibility limits for those eligible for Debt Relief Orders came into effect Tuesday 29th June 2021. More people will be able to … Continue reading New measures to help vulnerable people in problem debt

Almost 800,000 tax relief claims for working from home

Employees who have worked from home during the pandemic but are now returning to offices can still claim tax relief on household expenses for this tax year. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has confirmed that since April, almost 800,000 employees working from home during the pandemic, have claimed tax relief on household related costs. The … Continue reading Almost 800,000 tax relief claims for working from home

EU adopts ‘adequacy’ decisions allowing data to continue flowing freely to the UK

The European Union (EU) has formally recognised the UK’s high data protection standards after more than a year of constructive talksThis will allow the continued seamless flow of personal data from the EU to the UK Personal data can continue to flow freely between Europe and the UK following agreement by the European Union to … Continue reading EU adopts ‘adequacy’ decisions allowing data to continue flowing freely to the UK

Chancellor backs grassroots football as Euro 2020 fever sweeps the UK

Chancellor Rishi Sunak visited a new government-funded sports facility in West London this week as Euro 2020 enters the knock-out stages£25 million of new funding being delivered for grassroots football – enough to fund 700 new pitchesSupport builds on the £600 million provided to sports clubs through the government’s Sport Recovery Package and Winter Survival … Continue reading Chancellor backs grassroots football as Euro 2020 fever sweeps the UK

Commemorative coin marking Prince Philip’s ‘life well lived’ revealed

Chancellor unveils new £5 coin commemorating the life of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.Coin presented on Armed Forces Day 2021, recognising the Duke’s years of naval service and support for Her Majesty The Queen.Design features original portrait of the Duke and will be struck by the Royal Mint. Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveils new … Continue reading Commemorative coin marking Prince Philip’s ‘life well lived’ revealed

Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme from July 2021

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme was extended until 30th September 2021 and the level of grant available to employers under the scheme stayed the same until 30 June 2021. Claims must be made by 14th July 2021. Changes to the level of grant from 1st July 2021 From 1st July 2021, the level of grant … Continue reading Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme from July 2021