Claiming tax credits and being flexible-furloughed?

If you claim tax credits and have returned to work after being furloughed but are still temporarily not working your normal hours due to COVID 19 you do not need to tell the HMRC tax credits office. They will continue to use the information they already have and treat claimants as working their normal hours … Continue reading Claiming tax credits and being flexible-furloughed?

Support for working families affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) given an extra boost

Working parents eligible for Tax-Free Childcare or 30 hours free childcare who have temporarily fallen below the minimum income requirement due to COVID19 will continue to receive financial support until 31st October 2020. Also, Critical workers exceed the income threshold for the 2020 to 2021 tax year as a result of working more to play … Continue reading Support for working families affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) given an extra boost

HMRC texting Tax Credit claimants about National Minimum Wage

Working Tax Credit recipients are known to be twice as likely to be underpaid the National Minimum Wage. Failure by employers to “uprate” workers following a key birthday is a common cause of non-compliance. HMRC are reminding recipients of Working Tax Credits who recently turned 18, 21 or 25, that they are eligible to a … Continue reading HMRC texting Tax Credit claimants about National Minimum Wage

#COVID-19 shielding ends

With the gradual lifting of restrictions, changes introduced on Saturday 1st August 2020 see the official end to shielding requirements. What has changed The guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable is that shielding has been paused. This means: you do not need to follow previous shielding adviceyou can go to work as long as the … Continue reading #COVID-19 shielding ends

The future of work can be flexible

There has been a steep rise in the number of employees working flexibly during lockdown, alongside this there has also been a decline in stigma around flexible working during this period. A survey by the University of Kent and Birmingham University asked over 1,000 employed and self-employed workers about working from home during the pandemic … Continue reading The future of work can be flexible

Apprentices get job boost

A new online and telephone support service for apprentices who have lost their jobs during the Covid-19 outbreak has been launched by Gillian Keegan, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister (1st August 2020). A new Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices (ReSSA) will ensure they have access to local and national services that can provide financial, legal, health … Continue reading Apprentices get job boost

Informing and consulting employees

All employers must inform and consult their employees on: selling the business or buying a new onemaking 20 or more redundancies in a 90 day periodhealth and safety issues Get legal advice if you’re unsure whether you need to tell your employees about something. If you have more than 50 employees you may also have … Continue reading Informing and consulting employees

Income Tax changes – Van benefit charge from 6 April 2021

From 6th April 2021, the cash equivalent of the van benefit charge for zero emission vans is nil. The government announced its intention to introduce this policy change at Budget 2020 as part of ‘Road to Zero’ targets. It will apply only to vans which cannot emit any CO2 when being driven.. This change supports … Continue reading Income Tax changes – Van benefit charge from 6 April 2021

Qualify for Working Tax Credits or Universal Credit – Help to Save

Do you know about Help to Save? It’s a savings account that gives you a government bonus of up to 50p for every pound you save. If you get Working Tax Credit or Universal Credit then you can apply: Help to Save How payments work You can save between £1 and £50 each calendar month. … Continue reading Qualify for Working Tax Credits or Universal Credit – Help to Save

How changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on 31 July impact you

Dear PAYadvice, We’re writing to remind you about changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) from 31 J‌ul‌y and what to do if you have claimed too much. What you need to do before 31 J‌ul‌y Submit your CJRS claim for periods ending on or before 30 June 2020 by 31 J‌ul‌y 2020. This … Continue reading How changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on 31 July impact you

Find a restaurant – Eat Out to Help Out

From 3 to 31 August, get discounts when you eat in at restaurants that are registered with the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme: get a 50% discount on food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in (up to a maximum of £10 discount per diner)every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between 3 and 31 … Continue reading Find a restaurant – Eat Out to Help Out

ACT NOW – Tax Credit renewal deadline imminent

Don’t loose out. Claimants whose circumstances have changed in the last year or who have received a letter to reconfirm their income details must contact HMRC before 31 July. Tax credits claimants have this week left to tell HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) about changes to their circumstances or income before the deadline on 31 … Continue reading ACT NOW – Tax Credit renewal deadline imminent

Over 32,000 registered restaurants for Eat Out to Help Out

Over 32,000 restaurants have registered for Eat Out to Help Out. Registration closes end of August. You can register if your establishment: sells food for immediate consumption on the premisesprovides its own dining area or shares a dining area with another establishment for eat-in mealswas registered as a food business with the relevant local authority … Continue reading Over 32,000 registered restaurants for Eat Out to Help Out

Parenting in lockdown: Coronavirus and the effects on work-life balance

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published a report into parenting during the #coronavirus lockdown. Parents in Great Britain who have been able to work through the coronavirus lockdown have adapted their working patterns around caring for their children. There were some clear trends in how that childcare was delivered. Parents fitted in work … Continue reading Parenting in lockdown: Coronavirus and the effects on work-life balance

Pay rises for the public sector

Public sector workers, including doctors, teachers and police officers, will see above inflation pay rises this year, the Chancellor has announced today. Reflecting the vital contributions public sector workers make to our country, these pay rises cover the Armed Forces, teachers, police Officers, the National Crime Agency, prison Officers, doctors and dentists, the Judiciary, senior … Continue reading Pay rises for the public sector

Employees encouraged to report furlough cheats

The government states ‘The Job Retention Scheme was put in place to save jobs’. HM Revenue and Customs are asking employees to help protect the scheme and U.K. taxpayers who fund it by reporting cheats. If employees are concerned that their employer is or has abused the scheme, to report their employer to HMRC. Over … Continue reading Employees encouraged to report furlough cheats

PM statement on coronavirus: 17th July 2020

Boris Johnson, PM Friday 17th July 2020, the British Primeminister sets out further measures in the process of lifting restrictions. PM statement on Coronavirus The highlights Today we are publishing our framework for containing and controlling future outbreaks in England, which will enable national and local government to work closely together. ...local authorities will have … Continue reading PM statement on coronavirus: 17th July 2020

Employment in the UK

The Office for National Statistics have released their latest labour market report. While some have lost their jobs, the biggest response of employers remains cutting hours rather than employment. Lower hours includes putting people onto furlough - though there is some evidence of some people returning to work. Furloughed workers are often on partial pay, … Continue reading Employment in the UK

The Office of Tax Simplification to review Capital Gains Tax

The Chancellor has written to the OTS, to ask them to undertake a review of Capital Gains Tax and aspects of the taxation of chargeable gains, in relation to individuals and smaller businesses. As well as looking at opportunities to simplify administration and the impact of technical issues, the review will explore areas where the … Continue reading The Office of Tax Simplification to review Capital Gains Tax

Latest on the #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and the Self Employment Income Scheme

The UK government have confirmed the statistics up to midnight 12 July 2020. £31.7bn for small business through Bounce Back loans, with around 55k interruption loan approvals The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has closed to new entrants as it is now phasing through flexible furlough. 9.4 million jobs had been furloughed with government grants of … Continue reading Latest on the #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and the Self Employment Income Scheme

ACAS provide a Returning to the workplace process map

ACAS interactive process map with hyperlinks The process map is designed for employers who are preparing for a return to the workplace. It is an interactive resource which signposts some recommended actions and further guidance available. ACAS also provide more guidance on the steps recommended for enabling a return to the workplace. Returning to the … Continue reading ACAS provide a Returning to the workplace process map

Online calculator updated in preparation for August 2020 furlough claims

The revised Covid 19 Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) was launched successfully on the 1st July. One of the main features of the new scheme is that the rules will change each calendar month. In order to help employers plan ahead, HMRC are updating the online calculator and associated guidance as early as possible. For those … Continue reading Online calculator updated in preparation for August 2020 furlough claims

More businesses can reopen #COVID19 #coronavirus

The UK Government is continuing to ease restrictions. From 11th July 2020: you can participate in team and other grassroots sports where the sports governing body has issued guidance on how to do so safelyoutdoor swimming pools and outdoor water parks can openoutdoor performances in front of a live audience and indoor rehearsals can take … Continue reading More businesses can reopen #COVID19 #coronavirus

Update – Coronavirus (COVID-19) tests – tax and NI free

Following some criticism of the original HMRC confirming a tax and Class 1A liability, the government are making a legal change. HMRC have confirmed the following on Thursday 9th July 2020. Coronavirus tests provided by the government, as part of its national testing scheme, are not treated as a benefit in kind for tax purposes. … Continue reading Update – Coronavirus (COVID-19) tests – tax and NI free

A Plan For Jobs

The Chancellor of the Exchequer set out a Plan for Jobs to Parliament on 8 July 2020. This is the Plan for Jobs and supporting documents. A Plan For Jobs The government state this will support the UK’s economic recovery while continuing to prioritise people’s health by: introducing a new Job Retention Bonus to encourage … Continue reading A Plan For Jobs

Find out more about the Job Retention Bonus Scheme

8th July 2020 Dear @PAYadvice, Today the Chancellor announced the introduction of the Job Retention Bonus. This is a one-off payment of £1,000 to employers that have used the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) for each furloughed employee who remains continuously employed until 31‌‌‌ ‌January 2021. The bonus will provide additional support to retain employees. … Continue reading Find out more about the Job Retention Bonus Scheme

#PlanForJobs

The U.K. governments #PlanForJobs is aimed at getting Britain working towards economic recovery as we overcome the effects of the #coronavirus pandemic. Will U.K. business invest as partners in expanding employment, increase training, providing apprenticeships. The proposals are to give business the confidence to retain jobs, hire additional new employees, provide training opportunities, and help … Continue reading #PlanForJobs

5% VAT on tourism and hospitality from 15th July 2020

Today the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced a VAT reduction from 20% to 5% on the following business activities: any eat-in or hot takeaway food and drinks from restaurants, cafes and pubs, excluding alcohol; all holiday accommodation in hotels, B&Bs, campsites and caravan sites and attractions like cinemas, theme parks and zoos. The reduction is valid … Continue reading 5% VAT on tourism and hospitality from 15th July 2020

Eat Out to Help Out

Today the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, as part of the Plan for Jobs 2020 update. The scheme will support over 129,000 businesses in the hospitality industry. Diners can get 50% off meals and non-alcoholic drinks, up to £10 per person, at participating restaurants, bars and cafes when they … Continue reading Eat Out to Help Out

Rishi’s Plan for Jobs will help Britain bounce back

Delivering his Summer Economic Update in Parliament, the Chancellor announced a package of measures to support jobs in every part of the country, give businesses the confidence to retain and hire, and provide people with the tools they need to get better jobs. The plan for jobs is the second part of a three-phase plan … Continue reading Rishi’s Plan for Jobs will help Britain bounce back

Tax credits renewal – check your income – deadline 31st July 2020

If you’ve received a letter about Tax Credits, you have until 31 July to check your income details. This is to ensure you have been paid the correct amount. For help on how to calculate your income or how to renew use the following buttons: Work out your income for tax credit claims How to … Continue reading Tax credits renewal – check your income – deadline 31st July 2020

Update to Expenses and Benefits during #COVID19 #coronavirus (updated 8th July 2020)

HM Revenue and Customs have updated guidance (6th July 2020) in relation to 'Coronavirus (COVID-19) tests' and 'Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)'. Then a further update was applied on 8th July removing the section on ‘Coronavirus (COVID19) tests. Expenses and Benefits during COVID-19 The following was removed on Wednesday 8th July 2020 Coronavirus (COVID-19) tests Coronavirus … Continue reading Update to Expenses and Benefits during #COVID19 #coronavirus (updated 8th July 2020)

Is it genuine or a scam? NHS Test and Trace contact

If you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace, contact tracers will: call you from 0300 013 5000send you text messages from ‘NHStracing’ask you to sign into the NHS test and trace contact-tracing website Contact tracers will never: ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to us (for example, those starting 09 … Continue reading Is it genuine or a scam? NHS Test and Trace contact

Self-isolation lifted for lower risk countries in time for holidays this summer

Holidaymakers travelling to and from certain destinations including Germany, France, Spain and Italy will not need to self-isolate on either leg of their journey from 10th July 2020 When planning holidays or overseas travel, people should therefore check the latest travel advice on GOV.UK, including whether there are any self-isolation measures in place for their … Continue reading Self-isolation lifted for lower risk countries in time for holidays this summer

Should I go back to work? #COVID19 #coronavirus

Those working in England can use this government service to find out if you should go back to work during this phase of coronavirus lockdown, and what you can do if you should not be going into work. If you’re currently on furlough you can stay on furlough. However, if you are asked to come … Continue reading Should I go back to work? #COVID19 #coronavirus

Mandatory MOT testing to be reintroduced from 1st August 2020 #COVID19 #coronaviris

Mandatory MOT testing is reintroduced from 1st August 2020 as COVID-19 restrictions are slowly lifted. MOT ensure that vehicle parts, including tyres, seatbelts, brakes, lights and exhausts, are in proper working order. Due to the #coronavirus outbreak, drivers were granted a 6-month exemption from MOT testing in March to help slow the spread of the … Continue reading Mandatory MOT testing to be reintroduced from 1st August 2020 #COVID19 #coronaviris

Flexible furlough starts from 1st July 2020 #coronavirus #COVID19

Dear @PAYadvice, HM Treasury letter box by PSP(c)2020 We wrote to you recently to help you prepare for changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). This is a reminder that you can start to flexibly furlough eligible employees from 1‌‌‌ ‌July onwards. From 1‌‌‌ ‌July, you can claim a more flexible grant for any employee you have previously … Continue reading Flexible furlough starts from 1st July 2020 #coronavirus #COVID19

Happy Brexit vote anniversary – Preparing for the EU settlement Scheme

4 years ago on 23rd June 2016 the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. Changes in employment rights start to apply from 1st January 2021 with changes applicable from 1 July 2020 in relation to right to work checks for EU citizens. There will be no change to right to work checks until … Continue reading Happy Brexit vote anniversary – Preparing for the EU settlement Scheme

‘Independence Day’ for more businesses and venues – 4th July 2020

The U.K. prime minister has announced that pubs, restaurants and hairdressers can reopen if they are #COVID19 secure from 4th July 2020 in England. Boris Johnson The Chancellor Rishi Sunak tweeted that “I can’t wait to get back to the pub.... and I don’t even drink... Good news for Business.. and glad we’ll have a … Continue reading ‘Independence Day’ for more businesses and venues – 4th July 2020

#coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self Employed Income Support Scheme update – 21st June 2020

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Part 1 is soon coming to an end on 30th June 2020. Announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on Friday 20th March 2020, the Scheme covered from 1st March through 30th June for those who were furloughed for a minimum period of 21 consecutive days. The last new furlough … Continue reading #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self Employed Income Support Scheme update – 21st June 2020

#COVID19: Can you open for business safely? New government online tool available

The UK Government has developed an online tool to help businesses in England to reopen safely during coronavirus. It encourages carrying out a risk assessment and helps identify workplace adjustments. Employers have the legal responsibility to protect their employees and other people on site, such as customers and visitors. This tool will help businesses to … Continue reading #COVID19: Can you open for business safely? New government online tool available

Furlough: Maternity and other parental pay: changes to calculation of Average Weekly Earning (AWE)

H & DD by PSP (c)2016 As a result of the #COVID19 #coronavirus pandemic with millions of employees being placed on furlough, new rules are introduced to protect those who are going on parental leave and receiving statutory payments for maternity, adoption, paternity, bereavement and shared parental responsibilities. HMRC now advise: If your employee was … Continue reading Furlough: Maternity and other parental pay: changes to calculation of Average Weekly Earning (AWE)

Employer help – #coronavirus Support for Business

The ‘employer help’ website from Jobcentre Plus offers a range of advice to help business overcome the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether needing to expand rapidly, or worried about redundancies, you can find advice on next steps and the best ways to support your staff. The types of resources and services available include: … Continue reading Employer help – #coronavirus Support for Business

Flexible furlough – the Pension Regulator updates to guidance

The Pension Regulator (TPR) has updated its COVID-19 guidance as a result of flexible furlough commencing from 1st July 2020. This new guidance recognises that: from 1st July 2020, staff on furlough under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme may work part of the time for their employerfor claims starting on or after 1st August 2020, … Continue reading Flexible furlough – the Pension Regulator updates to guidance

Returning to the workplace – ACAS #coronavirus #COVID19

With the start of flexible furlough from 1st July 2020, employers will be planning ways of bringing their workforce back into the workplace. Although home working may become a partial norm, business premises will start to open and commence an establishment of a new working norm! ACAS publish guidance for employers on steps and suggested … Continue reading Returning to the workplace – ACAS #coronavirus #COVID19

Reservists returning to civilian work eligible for #coronavirus #COVID19 government support schemes

Military reservists able to access the self employment scheme and those returning to work the Coronavirus job retention scheme (CJRS) Rishi Sunak said serviceman and servicewomen who come back to their day job after completing a period of active duty will be able to be furloughed by their employer under the recently extended Coronavirus Job … Continue reading Reservists returning to civilian work eligible for #coronavirus #COVID19 government support schemes

Usual Hours! – new Flexible Furlough calculation and claim requirements #coronavirus #COVID19

From 1st July employees can return to work part-time and be furloughed for the remaining usual work time not worked. Employers claiming for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) ‘part 2’ must calculate the employees ‘usual’ and ‘furloughed’ hours to calculate their claim. From 1st July, employers will: only be able to claim for employees … Continue reading Usual Hours! – new Flexible Furlough calculation and claim requirements #coronavirus #COVID19

#coronaviris Job Retention Scheme changes for 1st July 2020 and onwards #COVID19

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have updated guidance in readiness for the commencement of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) Part 2. CJRS Part 1, covered furloughed periods for employees from 1st March 2020 through 30th June 2020 and is coming to an end, with employers who are wanting to receive a grant required to … Continue reading #coronaviris Job Retention Scheme changes for 1st July 2020 and onwards #COVID19

UK Government figures confirm support for incomes across all nations during #coronavirus #COVID19

new figures highlight Government support in protecting jobs and helping individuals across all four nationsstatistics for Coronavirus Jobs Retention Scheme and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme show uptake of schemesnew figures also reveal size and sector of businesses furloughing staff Under the CJRS, up until the 31 May more than 6.4 million jobs were furloughed in … Continue reading UK Government figures confirm support for incomes across all nations during #coronavirus #COVID19

#coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – NOW CLOSED to new added furlough cases #COVID19

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is now closed to most new furlough cases. Only those returning from extended leave from 10th June to 30th October 2020 due to maternity, adoption and shared parental leave can be added to a pre-existing employer scheme. Ordinarily, 10th June 2020 was the last start point for a minimum … Continue reading #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – NOW CLOSED to new added furlough cases #COVID19

“Employers are breaking the law and forcing pregnant women out of work during the pandemic”, warns TUC

E by ZJ (c)2019 A new survey by the TUC (published 10th June 2020) indicates that A quarter of pregnant women have faced discrimination at work during the coronavirus outbreak: 1 in 4 pregnant women have been treated unfairlyLow-paid pregnant women are most likely to have lost pay or workHealth of pregnant women at risk … Continue reading “Employers are breaking the law and forcing pregnant women out of work during the pandemic”, warns TUC

#coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Key Dates #COVID19

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is changing: From 1 July, employers can bring back to work employees that have previously been furloughed for any amount of time and any shift pattern, while still being able to claim the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme grant for their normal hours not worked. When claiming the grant for furloughed … Continue reading #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Key Dates #COVID19

Parents returning to work after extended leave eligible for furlough #COVID19 #coronavirus

E&R by PSP (c)2020 People on maternity, adoption and shared parental leave who return to work in the coming months will be eligible for the government’s furlough scheme HM Treasury announced 9th June 2020. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has been extended until October, with new flexibilities introduced from 1st July 2020 to support … Continue reading Parents returning to work after extended leave eligible for furlough #COVID19 #coronavirus

Withdrawn job offer #COVID19 #coronavirus

In light of #COVID19 #coronavirus, can an employer withdraw a job offer? ACAS indicate that an employer can withdraw a offer of a job. However, if the offer had been accepted, then there may be a potential breach of contract. So there some question over whether the offer was conditional or unconditional. More information can … Continue reading Withdrawn job offer #COVID19 #coronavirus

Quarantine: Entering the UK – #COVID19 #coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and entering or returning to the UK Changes apply from 8th June 2020. Those arriving must provide their journey and contact details and self-isolate for 14 days. The new rules do not apply to arrivals from Irelandthe Channel Islandsthe Isle of Man Entering the UK Provide your journey and contact details How to … Continue reading Quarantine: Entering the UK – #COVID19 #coronavirus

Returning to work – Cycle to work boost #COVID19 #coronavirus

“One form of transport which has seen a significant increase is cycling – it is great to see people switching to a clean, green mode of transport with significant public health benefits” - Grant Shapps (4th June 2020) Grant Shapps Back on 9th May the government launched its campaign for a new era of walking … Continue reading Returning to work – Cycle to work boost #COVID19 #coronavirus

Plan your journey – Face coverings to become mandatory on public transport from 15th June #COVID19 #coronavirus

As the nation returns to work, new requirements to prevent the spread of coronavirus and protect Britain are announced as we enter a series of measures to ease lockdown. From 15th June 2020 in England: bus, coach, train, tram, ferry and aircraft passengers must wear a face covering on their journey to help reduce the … Continue reading Plan your journey – Face coverings to become mandatory on public transport from 15th June #COVID19 #coronavirus

Drivers granted 7 month photocard licence extension #COVID19 #coronavirus

Drivers with a photocard driving licence due to expire between 1st February and 31st August 2020 will be granted a 7 month extension from the date of expiry the DVLA has announced 4 June 2020. This will help drivers to make necessary journeys without having to obtain a new photograph to renew their licence. Normally … Continue reading Drivers granted 7 month photocard licence extension #COVID19 #coronavirus

Furlough deadline less than 1 week away – #COVID19 #coronavirus – ACT NOW – keep Britain paid

Urgent need to view business continuity during #COVID19 return to work activity Have you reviewed your business strategy towards reopening and getting your workforce back into work. For employers wanting to take advantage of the new Flexible Furlough options which come into force from 1st July 2020 allowing full flexibility of part time v furlough … Continue reading Furlough deadline less than 1 week away – #COVID19 #coronavirus – ACT NOW – keep Britain paid

Flexible Furlough – be prepared for the change – usual hours and worked hours

More detail on the #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) are due 12th June 2020 along with new calculator and guidance applicable for the introduction of flexible furlough. The current CJRS phase 1 ends at the end of June 2020 with employers set a claim deadline of 31st July 2020. Employers will need to ensure that … Continue reading Flexible Furlough – be prepared for the change – usual hours and worked hours

Flexible furlough from 1st July 2020 #COVID19 #coronavirus

From 1‌‌ July 2020, employers will have the flexibility to bring previously furloughed employees back to work part-time – the government will continue to pay 80% of wages for any of their normal hours they do not work up until the end of August. This added flexibility comes a month earlier than previously announced to … Continue reading Flexible furlough from 1st July 2020 #COVID19 #coronavirus

Furlough scheme changes announced 29th May 2020 #COVID19 #coronavirus

So far, the CJRS has helped 1 million employers across the UK furlough 8.4 million jobs. The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced changes to the #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Flexible furloughing is starting one month early and employers will only be asked to start contributing to furloughed salaries from September 2020. Rishi Sunak Over … Continue reading Furlough scheme changes announced 29th May 2020 #COVID19 #coronavirus

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) for ‘NHS Test & Trace’ instructions to self isolate – #COVID19 #coronavirus

New guidance means those who have been in close contact with someone who tests positive must isolate for 14 days, even if they have no symptoms. Additional Regulations (no. 4) come into force from Thursday 28th May 2020 and onwards to provide that a person who is contacted as a result of the new NHS … Continue reading Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) for ‘NHS Test & Trace’ instructions to self isolate – #COVID19 #coronavirus

Working safely in Shops and Branches #COVID19 #coronavirus

Updated 25th May 2020 to reflect industry feedback and to expand coverage of non essential retail categories ahead of planned opening. After consulting businesses, unions and safety experts, the department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy have updated the COVID-19 secure guidance to help certain shops across England reopen safely from June. This advice is … Continue reading Working safely in Shops and Branches #COVID19 #coronavirus

Mortgage support extended #COVID19 #coronavirus

Homeowners struggling to pay their mortgage due to Coronavirus will be able to extend their mortgage payment holiday for a further three months, or start making reduced payments. ongoing mortgage support for homeowners still struggling with impact of Coronavirusapplication period for a mortgage holiday also extendedlenders will contact their customers to discuss options The availability … Continue reading Mortgage support extended #COVID19 #coronavirus

#coronavirus Job Retention Scheme updates 21st May 2020 #COVID19

The HMRC has confirmed that the guidance for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been updated with some further clarifications and adjustments as follows: The updated resources are available on the following buttons: Check if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Check if you can claim for your employee's wages through the … Continue reading #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme updates 21st May 2020 #COVID19

#COVID19 government help webinars #coronavirus

Jim Harra, of the HMRC has shared the following: The government is committed to doing whatever it takes to support businesses and individuals through the coronavirus pandemic and the following webinars have the information, guidance and tips to help you to support your clients. There are a limited number of spaces, so save your place now. … Continue reading #COVID19 government help webinars #coronavirus

Further guidance added for the #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)

On 12 May, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that the CJRS scheme will be extended until the end of October. The scheme will continue in its current form until the end of July. From 1‌‌ August to the end of October, they will introduce more flexibility so employers will be able to bring furloughed employees … Continue reading Further guidance added for the #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)

Self Assessment – Affected by #COVID19 – Defer your July payment – #coronavirus

New HMRC guidance explains how Self Assessment customers who have been affected by #coronavirus can defer their payment on account that would normally be due in July. For those who need to defer, remember to cancel any direct debits set up to make this payment. HMRC will automatically treat it as a deferral if they … Continue reading Self Assessment – Affected by #COVID19 – Defer your July payment – #coronavirus

Waiving Income or Salary as a result of #COVID19

Employers, directors and employees may want to waive their rights to salaries and bonuses during the Covid-19 pandemic to support their own business or donate to good causes related to Covid-19. Where directors give up part of their salary or bonus to a third party or direct that the money be used in a particular … Continue reading Waiving Income or Salary as a result of #COVID19

Holidays & COVID19 #coronavirus

The Department for Business Enterprise and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) (13th May 2020) have confirmed holiday pay law application during the #coronavirus pandemic. This is a reaffirmation of existing law. It is designed to help employers understand their legal obligations, in terms of workers who: continue to workhave been placed on furlough Holiday entitlement Almost all … Continue reading Holidays & COVID19 #coronavirus

Check if you can get Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hours free childcare during #coronavirus #COVID19

Temporary changes have been made to the eligibility criteria for Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hours free childcare, during #coronavirus. The changes may affect you if you, or someone you live with, are: on furloughnot able to work or you’re working lessself-employeda critical worker To help make sure critical workers can continue to access the childcare … Continue reading Check if you can get Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hours free childcare during #coronavirus #COVID19

Exemption for #coronavirus related reimbursed home office expenses #COVID19

The UK government have announced in the House of Parliament and the House of Lords tax concession for employers reimbursing employee purchased equipment for home working backdated to 19th March 2020. Exemption for coronavirus related reimbursed home office expenses:Written statement - HCWS237 Jesse Norman (The Financial Secretary to the Treasury) To support employees who are … Continue reading Exemption for #coronavirus related reimbursed home office expenses #COVID19

Safer travel guidance – #COVID19 #coronaviris

The UK government have issued safer travel guidance. With the encouragement of employer to make workplaces safe and for employees who cannot work from home to return to work where possible, employees and individuals need to be careful when travelling, especially on public transport. Grant Shapps, In a statement to the House of Parliament, Grant … Continue reading Safer travel guidance – #COVID19 #coronaviris

#coronaviris Job Retention Scheme extended #COVID19

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced that thr Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is being extended a further 4 months to October 2020. Rishi Sunak, Chancellor ‘By that point, we will have provided eight months of support to British people and businesses. Until the end of July, there will be no changes to the scheme … Continue reading #coronaviris Job Retention Scheme extended #COVID19

Going back to the workplace – is your employer prepared? #COVID19 #coronavirus

Is your employer instructing you to return to your normal workplace? Can you undertake work from home? The government are asking employers to put in place additional measures and comply with the governments requirements on managing the risks of #COVID19. Where employers have complied, they have been asked to display the poster illustrated above to … Continue reading Going back to the workplace – is your employer prepared? #COVID19 #coronavirus

New guidance launched to help get Brits safely back to work #COVID19 #coronavirus

The government have issued new ‘COVID-19 secure’ guidelines for UK employers to help them get their businesses back up and running with workplaces operating as safely as possible. The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has set out steps to beat the virus and restart the economy, ‘so we can protect jobs, restore people’s livelihoods and fund … Continue reading New guidance launched to help get Brits safely back to work #COVID19 #coronavirus

If you need support #COVID19 #coronavirus

Find out what you can do if you’re struggling because of coronavirus (COVID-19) Use this government service to find out what help you can get if you’re affected by coronavirus. It can be used for yourself or someone else. Find coronavirus support You can find information about: https://find-coronavirus-support.service.gov.uk/need-help-with PAYadvice.UK 10/5/2020

Company car during #COVID19 #coronavirus lockdown – HMRC clarification

HMRC has issued clarification (6/5/2020) on the treatment of company cars for those home-working or furloughed where the vehicle is not actively being used. Company car ‘availability’ Your employee may have been furloughed or is working from home, because of coronavirus, and provided with a company car which they still have. You should treat the … Continue reading Company car during #COVID19 #coronavirus lockdown – HMRC clarification

Biggest number of new Universal Credit claims paid in a single day

More than 135,000 new Universal Credit applications were made on 30th and 31st March 2020. These claimants receive their first payment on Wednesday 6th May 2020 93% of eligible claims have been paid in full. The DWP indicate that others not paid is often due to needing more information, such as a correct bank number. … Continue reading Biggest number of new Universal Credit claims paid in a single day

DWP jobcentreplus website to guide jobseekers #COVID19 #coronavirus

Help keep Britain running Despite the disruption caused by the #coronavirus outbreak, there are thousands of critical jobs out there. A new DWP jobcentreplus website helps with information on what types of roles are good to apply for right now. Find hints and tips on applying for jobs if you haven’t done it for a … Continue reading DWP jobcentreplus website to guide jobseekers #COVID19 #coronavirus

‘New Starter Justice’ – left out of furlough #COVID19 #Coronavirus

The governments Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme announced on 20th March 2020 (with backdated options to 1st March 2020) originally indicated that employment had to commence up to 28th February 2020, excluding any new employment starters from the scheme. In an attempt to prevent (or so claimed) fraud, an extra condition of having to have been … Continue reading ‘New Starter Justice’ – left out of furlough #COVID19 #Coronavirus

Need your National Insurance Number? Get the free HMRC App.

Quickly find and print your National Insurance number using the HMRC App. What you can do with the HMRC app See it your tax code your National Insurance numberan estimate of the tax you need to payyour income and benefitshow much you will receive in tax credits and when they will be paidyour Unique Taxpayer … Continue reading Need your National Insurance Number? Get the free HMRC App.

How popular is Homeworking?

https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/employmentandemployeetypes/articles/technologyintensityandhomeworkingintheuk/2020-05-01 UK business has had to rapidly adapt to meet crisis conditions under the Coronavirus pandemic. Working life may now change forever! Return to work plans are now considering more long range inclusion of home-working with some planning on regular 2 days working from home policies as a rule of thumb. Former fears of productivity … Continue reading How popular is Homeworking?

Lifetime ISA rules changed #COVID19 #coronavirus

HM Treasury People whose income has been affected by Coronavirus and who want to access their Lifetime ISA funds early will no longer face an additional withdrawal charge. To help people who need to access to their money earlier as a result of the COVID19 outbreak, the charge on unauthorised withdrawals will be temporarily reduced. … Continue reading Lifetime ISA rules changed #COVID19 #coronavirus

Version 7, 8 and 9 of ‘Check if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme’ #COVID19 #coronavirus

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-you-could-be-covered-by-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme HM Government have added further clarifications 30th April and two on 1st May. New information has been added 30/4/2030 Union and non-union representativesCompany directors with annual pay periodsEmployees who start family related statutory pay on or after 25th April 2020Clarification on what is included as wages And 2 updates on 1/5/2020 A link to … Continue reading Version 7, 8 and 9 of ‘Check if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme’ #COVID19 #coronavirus

Furloughed (or not) – The Skills Toolkit

https://theskillstoolkit.campaign.gov.uk/ In light of #COVID19 #coronavirus and many millions of UK workers either furloughed under the Job Retention Scheme or even laid off, the Department for Education have launched on Tuesday 28th April 2020 The Skills Toolkit. Digital and numeracy skills are amongst those that are most sought after by employers, and can help you … Continue reading Furloughed (or not) – The Skills Toolkit

Statutory Payment for furloughed employees – Revised guidance published #COVID19 #coronavirus

Z&R by PSP 2020 HMRC have updated statutory payment average earnings calculation ‘The Maternity Allowance, Statutory Maternity Pay, Statutory Paternity Pay, Statutory Adoption Pay, Statutory Shared Parental Pay and Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay (Normal Weekly Earnings etc.) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020’ amend the Statutory Maternity Pay (General) Regulations 1986 (S.I. 1986/1960),the Social Security (Maternity Allowance) … Continue reading Statutory Payment for furloughed employees – Revised guidance published #COVID19 #coronavirus

Furloughed – Statutory Parental Pay to be based on normal earnings #COVID19 #coronavirus

H, L & I by PSP The Pay for furloughed workers taking family related leave is to be calculated based on usual earnings rather than furlough payfull earnings will apply to Maternity Pay, Paternity Pay, Shared Parental Pay, Parental Bereavement Pay and Adoption Payensures workers about to take family-related leave are not penalised by being … Continue reading Furloughed – Statutory Parental Pay to be based on normal earnings #COVID19 #coronavirus

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – guidance updated 23/4/2020 – Fixed term contract

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme Guidance has been updated 23 April 2020 New information has been added on collective agreement reached with a trade union. Clarified eligibility criteria, including for employees on fixed-term contracts. If your employee is on a fixed term contract An employee on a fixed term contract can be re-employed, furloughed and claimed for if either: … Continue reading Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – guidance updated 23/4/2020 – Fixed term contract

#Coronavirus and your money #COVID19

https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/coronavirus-and-your-money The Money Advice Service is an excellent resource of information and activity to help and assist with personal finance concerns. The coronavirus outbreak means this is going to be an incredibly stressful period, because although this is a health-based emergency, it’s also a financial-based emergency too. The more you can do now to plan … Continue reading #Coronavirus and your money #COVID19

‘Report fraud’ – Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-revenue-customs/contact/customs-excise-and-vat-fraud-reporting? HM Revenue and Customs are encouraging abuse of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on their ‘Report fraud’ weblink. They state that ‘If you are concerned that your employer is abusing the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme you should report them’. So what types of abuse is this referring. They state that ‘This could include your … Continue reading ‘Report fraud’ – Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme