Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance updates 26th January 2021

Following yesterday issuing of the Chancellors HM Treasury direction for further changes and extensions to the Job Retention Scheme, HMRC guidance has been updated on the night of 26th January 2021: The main item was the publication of the new page ‘Employers who have claimed through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme’Also a new page ‘Ask … Continue reading Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance updates 26th January 2021

Naming starts! Employers who have claimed through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The naming list HMRC have published the list of employers who claimed CJRS in December 2020. HMRC have used the employer name that’s attached to the qualifying PAYE scheme. Employers who have claimed through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Those not named This data does not include employers: with a successful or pending application to … Continue reading Naming starts! Employers who have claimed through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Job Retention Scheme changes announced for application from 1st February 2021

Treasury Direction made under Sections 71 and 76 of the Coronavirus Act 2020 The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has issued to HMRC the 6th Treasury Direction in relation to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Job Retention Bonus. This sets out the calculation rules for the Job Retention Scheme from 1st February 2021 and extends the … Continue reading Job Retention Scheme changes announced for application from 1st February 2021

TUC – Covid occupational deaths expose “huge inequalities” in labour market and need for tougher safety rules

Men working in elementary occupations or caring, leisure and other service occupations had the highest rates of death involving COVID-19. Women working in Process, plant and machine operatives, and Caring, leisure and other service occupations had the highest rate of death involving COVID-19 compared with women of the same age in the general population Commenting … Continue reading TUC – Covid occupational deaths expose “huge inequalities” in labour market and need for tougher safety rules

“Fire and rehire” tactics have become widespread during pandemic – warns TUC

New poll reveals that nearly 1 in 10 workers have been told to re-apply for their jobs on worse terms and conditions or face the sack   Almost a quarter say their working terms, such as pay or hours, have been downgraded since first lockdown in March  TUC says government must deliver on promise to protect and enhance workers’ rights … Continue reading “Fire and rehire” tactics have become widespread during pandemic – warns TUC

Changes to late filing penalty for 2019-20 Self Assessment returns

Dear @PAYadvice, Today HMRC has announced that Self Assessment customers will not receive a penalty for filing their 2019-20 tax return late, as long as they file online by 28‌‌th February. We are still encouraging customers who have not yet filed to do so by 31‌‌st January, if possible. Customers still need to pay their … Continue reading Changes to late filing penalty for 2019-20 Self Assessment returns

More employers sign up to rapid testing to protect workforce

Dozens of public and private sector employers are now offering rapid testing to those without symptoms. Expansion of testing will find more positive cases, keeping key workers from unknowingly passing on the virus and protecting vital servicesOrganisations signed up to workplace testing already include Royal Mail, Tate & Lyle Sugars, Primula, Moy Park, Octopus Energy, … Continue reading More employers sign up to rapid testing to protect workforce

Home-working reaches highest levels since June 2020

The Office for National Statistics report ‘Coronavirus and the social impacts on Great Britain: 22 January 2021’ for the period 13th to 17th January 2021, shows the highest levels of home working since June 2020. “The proportion of working adults that have worked from home was at its highest since June 2020; 45% this week … Continue reading Home-working reaches highest levels since June 2020

Pensions: The Automatic Enrolment (Earnings Trigger and Qualifying Earnings Band) Order 2021

The Department for Works and Pension (DWP) have laid the draft regulations for a Pension Automatic Enrolment (AE) thresholds operational for pay reference periods commencing from 6th April 2021. The draft regulation can be found at:- The Automatic Enrolment (Earnings Trigger and Qualifying Earnings Band) Order 2021 And PAYadvice.UK had predicted, there is no change … Continue reading Pensions: The Automatic Enrolment (Earnings Trigger and Qualifying Earnings Band) Order 2021

Fascinating facts! Self-Assessment

HM Revenue and Customs shares some little-known facts about Self Assessment ahead of the 31 January 2021 deadline. Almost 100,000 people filed their tax returns last 6th April 2020, the first day of the tax year? With the 31st January 2021 deadline fast approaching, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has shared some little-known facts about … Continue reading Fascinating facts! Self-Assessment

National free school meals voucher scheme opens to orders

Edenred site opens for schools to purchase eGift cards for eligible families to use at their choice of supermarkets Schools can begin ordering free school meal vouchers for eligible pupils from today as the Government’s national scheme launches, adding to the support available for disadvantaged families. An online service for schools, the scheme allows schools … Continue reading National free school meals voucher scheme opens to orders

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme claims deadlines

Dear @PAYadvice, I’m writing to remind you of upcoming claims deadlines for the following schemes: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) I’d also like to update you on the information we’ll be publishing on CJRS claims from this month. Upcoming deadlines You and your clients can now submit your CJRS furlough claims … Continue reading Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme claims deadlines

HMRC: Payroll 2021/22: Statutory Payments CORRECTION

There were a number of errors in the statutory payments rates which were circulated by HMRC SDSTeam on 22nd December 2020. A new Version 2 has been issued and replaces the previous version. The corrections are to the unrounded daily rates for 7 qualifying days (corrected to 13.7642) and 3 qualifying days (32.1166). Also, a … Continue reading HMRC: Payroll 2021/22: Statutory Payments CORRECTION

Struggling to pay essential bills because of coronavirus?

Government advice for those in difficulty with utility bills, or repayment commitments on credit cards, loans and mortgages, as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). For those worried about paying utility bills or repaying credit cards, loans or mortgages due to the impact of coronavirus, the government guidance sets out the steps you can take to … Continue reading Struggling to pay essential bills because of coronavirus?

New protections for small pension pot fees

Thanks to automatic pension enrolment, over 10 million employees have already been enrolled into a workplace pension. But nobody should save into a pension only to find their hard-earned savings eroded completely away by charges. Minister for Pensions @GuyOpperman: "Protecting savers and giving them value for their money is my priority. No-one should find their … Continue reading New protections for small pension pot fees

56,000 parents apply for Scottish Child Payment

Parents across Scotland have been applying early for the new Scottish Child Payment that will open on Monday 15 February. Social Security Scotland is taking applications ahead of the new benefit’s introduction to help manage demand. 56,000 applications were received between Monday 9 November and Sunday 3 January. Those who apply before the start date … Continue reading 56,000 parents apply for Scottish Child Payment

Government proposals to help more people in problem debt

Consultation launched aimed at extending debt solutions and helping vulnerable people in financial distress get a fresh start. Increasing the financial eligibility criteria will give more people access to debt relief orders and help them get out of problem debtResearch shows that more people are seeking debt advice and are likely to require financial relief … Continue reading Government proposals to help more people in problem debt

Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) launched

New agreement ensures the rights of UK residents to access emergency and medically necessary care when travelling in the EU will continue. UK’s new Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) launched as part of UK / EU dealGlobal Health Insurance Card (GHIC) will gradually replace existing European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) UK residents will now be … Continue reading Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) launched

Plan for jobs – Financial Support Package

The Government’s claims its comprehensive package of financial support is continuing to protect jobs and help businesses and individuals through the COVID-19 outbreak in guidance issued Friday 8th January 2021. Rishi Sunak: There's no denying the next few weeks are going to be difficult. But the end is in sight. That’s why we’ve redoubled our … Continue reading Plan for jobs – Financial Support Package

Businesses still open – is it COVID-secure, and what about those working from home?

For businesses still open under the current national lockdown, they must continue to ensure that premises are COVID-secure. The HSE is continuing to carry out spot checks and inspections across the country. And there are also obligations for those working from home. Making your workplace COVID-secure during the coronavirus pandemic Protect home workers PAYadvice.UK 8/1/2021

Action required – submit your Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme claims

Dear @PAYadvice, I’m writing to remind you of upcoming deadlines for Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) claims, and to answer some questions you or your clients might have, too. CJRS December claims deadline You must submit any December claims no later than‌‌ ‌Thursday‌‌ ‌14‌‌ ‌January. You or your clients … Continue reading Action required – submit your Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme claims

Self Assessment deadline: less than a month to go

Around 55% of Self Assessment customers have already filed their return, and HMRC is urging others to do so by 31 January. According to HM Revenue and Customs, around 5.4 million Self Assessment filers have less than a month to complete their tax return. HMRC expects 12.1 million tax returns to be filed this year. … Continue reading Self Assessment deadline: less than a month to go

Right to work checks for EEA and Swiss nationals during the EU- Exit grace period (1 January – 30 June 2021)

The following is based on the revised Appendix B guidance issued by the UK Home Office. Free movement ended on 1st January 2021. This means EEA and Swiss nationals (and their families) will need to qualify for status under either the new points-based Immigration system or the EU Settlement Scheme. The Citizen’s Rights (Application Deadline … Continue reading Right to work checks for EEA and Swiss nationals during the EU- Exit grace period (1 January – 30 June 2021)

Furlough, childcare and caring responsibilities – guidance updated

HMRC have updated ‘caring responsibilities’ guidance (on Tuesday 5th January) in relation to childcare for parents who are unable to either work, or need to reduce working hours due to home schooling or closure of childcare facilities. GuidanceCheck if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Information about if you have caring responsibilities … Continue reading Furlough, childcare and caring responsibilities – guidance updated

Prime Minister announces national lockdown

The Prime Minister has announced a national lockdown and instructed people to stay at home to control the virus, protect the NHS and save lives. The decision follows a rapid rise in infections, hospital admissions and case rates across the country, and our hospitals are now under more pressure than they have been at any … Continue reading Prime Minister announces national lockdown

Bosses should offer furlough to working parents affected by school closures, says TUC

The TUC is calling on employers to offer furlough to all parents affected by school closures. Last minute decision by ministers to close schools means many working mums and dads are now without childcare TUC asks employers to ‘do the right thing’ and offer furlough to parents And calls on government to introduce 10 days’ … Continue reading Bosses should offer furlough to working parents affected by school closures, says TUC

Tampon tax abolished 1st Jan 2021

With the UK leaving the EU, the ‘tampon tax’ has been abolished - with a zero rate of VAT applying to women’s sanitary products coming into effect 1st January 2021. tampon tax abolished - from 1st January 2021 VAT no longer applies to women’s sanitary productspart of wider government action to End Period Poverty which … Continue reading Tampon tax abolished 1st Jan 2021

Rogue employers named and shamed for failing to pay minimum wage

The 139 named companies failed to pay £6.7 million to over 95,000 workers. 139 companies, including major household names, have short-changed their employees and have been finedoffending firms failed to pay £6.7 million to their workers, in a completely unacceptable breach of employment lawBusiness Minister Paul Scully says the list should be a ‘wake-up call’ … Continue reading Rogue employers named and shamed for failing to pay minimum wage

UK-EU future relationship agreement: social security coordination

Dear @PAYadvice, The UK has reached an agreement with the EU on its future relationship. The social security coordination provisions in this agreement ensure workers who move between the UK and the EU only have to pay into one country’s social security scheme at a time. Going to work temporarily in the EU under the … Continue reading UK-EU future relationship agreement: social security coordination

Social security contributions for workers coming to the UK from the EEA or Switzerland from 1 January 2021

Check where you need to pay social security contributions from 1 January 2021, if you’re a worker from the EU, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland or Liechtenstein working in UK. From 1 January 2021, if you’re an employee, self-employed or an employer, where you pay your social security contributions will depend on your circumstances and the country … Continue reading Social security contributions for workers coming to the UK from the EEA or Switzerland from 1 January 2021

Tier review results in additional 50,000 business closures

A number of areas will move into higher tiers from 00:01 on Saturday 26th December. The government has decided to act ahead of the formal review point, to contain the spread of the new strain of #COVID19. It is thought that an additional 50,000 business will be required to close until further tier reviews allow … Continue reading Tier review results in additional 50,000 business closures

December Furlough claim deadline and further Tier 4 disruption

December 2020 has been a very strange month. At short notice swathes of businesses were ordered to close as a new Tier 4 restriction regime was introduced on Saturday 19th December effective from Sunday 20th December. Additional announcements made on Wednesday 23rd December expand the Tier 4 areas with a further 50,000 businesses impacted by … Continue reading December Furlough claim deadline and further Tier 4 disruption

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) rates confirmed for use from 6th April 2021

HMRC Software Development Support Team (SDSTeam) have confirmed the Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) rates and daily equivalents that are to be used from 6th April 2021. The Threshold to qualify remains at average weekly earnings of £120. The weekly amount of SSP rises to £96.35 per week. The same weekly SSP rate applies to all … Continue reading Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) rates confirmed for use from 6th April 2021

Statutory Payment Rates effective 4th April 2021 confirmed – SMP, SAP, SPP, ShPP & SPBP

The HMRC Software Developers Support Team (SDSTeam) have confirmed the Statutory Payment Rates which commences for weeks commencing from Sunday 4th April 2021. The weekly average earnings threshold remains as £120. He standard weekly rate rises to £151.97. SP rates 2021-22Download Part of Preparations for tax year 2021/2022 PAYadvice.UK 22/12/2020 updated 28/12/2020

National Insurance Contribution changes 2021/2022

The HMRC Software Developer Support Team (SDSTeam) have provided the following in relation to National Insurance Contributions (NICs) applicable from 6th April 2021:- The government made a Written Ministerial Statement that it will use the September Consumer Price Index as the basis for setting the National Insurance limits and thresholds, as well as the rates … Continue reading National Insurance Contribution changes 2021/2022

Advice for clinically extremely vulnerable in new Tier 4 areas – do not attend work

This group is advised to stay at home at all times, unless for exercise or medical appointments, and not to attend work, even if they are unable to work from home. Updated guidance is being issued for the clinically extremely vulnerable in areas placed into new Tier 4 restrictions from 20th DecemberThis group of the … Continue reading Advice for clinically extremely vulnerable in new Tier 4 areas – do not attend work

Tier 4 Furlough Chaos – Payroll impacted? Reprocess or adjust pay and claims!

Many a payroll professionals worst nightmare has just happened! Christmas payrolls are a strain at the best of times with the practice of early payments, mixed with extended flexible furlough and the operation of tight deadlines under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). With the Prime-ministers announcement of further lockdown measures for swathes of London, … Continue reading Tier 4 Furlough Chaos – Payroll impacted? Reprocess or adjust pay and claims!

Christmas holiday, Christmas bonus and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

As part of his update from Thursday 17th December 2020, Jim Harra of HMRC has provided the following clarifications. Can I use CJRS to pay for holiday leave? If employers have furloughed employees because of the effect of coronavirus on their business, they can claim under the CJRS for periods of paid leave they take … Continue reading Christmas holiday, Christmas bonus and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – what you need to do now

Dear @PAYadvice, The UK Government has reviewed the terms of the scheme, and announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will remain at the current level of 80% of usual wages for the hours not worked, and will be extended until the end of April‌‌ 2021. Reminder of monthly deadlines Thank you if you submitted you … Continue reading Extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – what you need to do now

Statement: Tax exemptions: Employer-reimbursed coronavirus antigen tests and easement for employer-provided cycles exemption

Employer-reimbursed coronavirus antigen tests: Exemption from Income Tax and National Insurance contributions On 9 July 2020, the Government agreed to introduce an income tax exemption and National Insurance contributions (NICs) disregard to ensure that Coronavirus antigen testing provided to employees outside the Government’s national testing scheme will not attract tax and NICs liabilities. The Government … Continue reading Statement: Tax exemptions: Employer-reimbursed coronavirus antigen tests and easement for employer-provided cycles exemption

Chancellor extends furlough and loan schemes

certainty for millions of jobs and businesses as furlough scheme extended until the end of April 2021businesses struggling will have now until the end of March to access government generous loan schemesChancellor also confirmed that the Budget will be on the 3 March and set out the next phase of the plan to tackle the … Continue reading Chancellor extends furlough and loan schemes

ACAS – ‘If you’re one of the elves working over Christmas, what are your rights?’

ACAS have guidance on employment rights for those working during the Christmas season. If you have to work over the Christmas period, what are your rights? Some of the key considerations ACAS raise include: your employer must pay you at least the minimum wage, though this depends on how old you arethere is no entitlement … Continue reading ACAS – ‘If you’re one of the elves working over Christmas, what are your rights?’

Employer reimbursed Coronavirus swab tests – Income tax exemption and National Insurance disregard

The Government is to introduce a temporary income tax exemption and National Insurance contributions (NICs) disregard, to ensure that employees who purchase their own Coronavirus swab tests, and are reimbursed by their employer, will not attract income tax and NICs liabilities in the current tax year. A Coronavirus swab test means a test which detects … Continue reading Employer reimbursed Coronavirus swab tests – Income tax exemption and National Insurance disregard

Register births for child benefit

HMRC is now urging Child Benefit claimants to register their child’s birth if they haven't done so, in order to verify their claim. Parents in Northern Ireland will also need to send in the Birth Certificate. Details for Child benefit, how to register a birth and finding a registrar can be found at: Child benefit … Continue reading Register births for child benefit

819,000 fewer on payroll since February 2020

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) and HM Revenue and Customs have released the joint Earnings and employment from Pay As You Earn Real Time Information, UK: December 2020 There were 28.2 million employees on payroll in November 2020 The number of payrolled employees in the UK in October 2020 fell by 2.6%, compared with … Continue reading 819,000 fewer on payroll since February 2020

Extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – guidance updates 10th December 2020

HMRC has applied further updates to the guidance for the extended CJRS on Thursday 10th December 2020: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme CollectionCoronavirus Job Retention Scheme Check if you can use the scheme Changes to the 'Employer claim information that HMRC will make public' section with information that from February HMRC will publish information about employers … Continue reading Extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – guidance updates 10th December 2020

Adults to gain new skills on 400 free courses

Tens of thousands of adults to benefit from hundreds of free courses next year, including engineering, health, construction and accountancy. Tens of thousands of adults will be able to benefit from almost 400 free courses next year, in the first major development in the Lifetime Skills Guarantee announced by the Prime Minister in September. The … Continue reading Adults to gain new skills on 400 free courses

Crackdown on unfair employment clauses in a boost for low paid workers – consultation

Proposed crackdown on restrictive employment contracts will ensure up to 1.8 million low paid workers across the UK can pick up extra work if they want toother reforms will remove unfair barriers that prevent workers in technology, legal and other sectors from starting up or joining competing businessesplans will give workers more freedom over where … Continue reading Crackdown on unfair employment clauses in a boost for low paid workers – consultation

Furlough naming – more details released

HMRC have updated guidance (30th November) on naming of employers who have used the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for periods starting from 1st December 2020. ‘Section on employer claim information updated with details of upcoming claim band ranges’. Employer claim information that HMRC will make public As part of HMRC’s commitment to transparency and to … Continue reading Furlough naming – more details released

Child Trust Fund court fees waived for parents

Parents or guardians of children who lack mental capacity can ask for court fees to be waived when seeking access to a Child Trust Fund, the government has announced 1st December, 2020. vast majority of affected families will not have to pay feesworking group to look at further reducing administrative burden on parents of children … Continue reading Child Trust Fund court fees waived for parents

Extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – guidance updates 1st December 2020

HMRC has applied further updates to the guidance for the extended CJRS on Tuesday 1st December 2020: Call out box of key messages at top of all pages changed to say: The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 31st March 2021. Claims for furlough days in November 2020 must be submitted by 14th … Continue reading Extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – guidance updates 1st December 2020

The nurses story – failed tax avoidance

HMRC have shared stories of contractors who have been caught up in tax avoidance schemes. They were promised higher take-home pay, lower tax bills and less paperwork. Instead, it cost them time, money and stress. Tanya is a single parent. She works as a critical care nurse at her local hospital. She found her job … Continue reading The nurses story – failed tax avoidance

Minimum pay changes confirmed for April 2021

The Government has announced the National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates which will come into force from April 2021. It has accepted in full recommendations made by the Low Pay Commission at the end of October. The National Living Wage will increase by 2.2 per cent from £8.72 to £8.91, and … Continue reading Minimum pay changes confirmed for April 2021

Important – deadlines you need to be aware of for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Dear @PAYadvice, I’m writing to update you with the latest information on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the VAT Deferral New Payment Scheme – including actions you or your clients might need to take.  Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) The CJRS has been extended to 31‌‌‌ ‌‌March 2021 for all parts of the UK. … Continue reading Important – deadlines you need to be aware of for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – guidance updates 19th November 2020

HMRC applied further updates to the guidance for the extended CJRS on Thursday 19th November 2020: Check if you can use the scheme The sections 'Who can claim' and 'Employer claim information that HMRC will make public' have been updated. Amounts claimed will be provided to employees on their Personal Tax Account. Check if you … Continue reading Extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – guidance updates 19th November 2020

Self Assessment filers warned about scammers posing as HMRC

Criminals are taking advantage of the Self Assessment deadline to panic customers into sharing their personal or financial details. As the HMRC issues thousands of SMS messages and emails as part of its annual Self Assessment tax return push, They are warning those completing their returns to take care to avoid being caught out by … Continue reading Self Assessment filers warned about scammers posing as HMRC

Christmas, holidays and furlough!

So what should happen for furloughed workers, especially as many would not normally be working across Christmas and New Year? Can they be furloughed during those periods? Must employers top-up to 100% holiday pay? Furloughed workers Where a bank holiday (such as Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year) falls inside a worker’s period of furlough … Continue reading Christmas, holidays and furlough!

Extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – guidance updates 13th November 2020

HMRC applied updates to the following CJRS guidance. 1. Check if your employer can use the CJRS Changed to make clear that for claim periods starting on or after 1 December 2020 you cannot claim for any days on or after 1 December 2020 during which the furloughed employee was serving a contractual or statutory … Continue reading Extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – guidance updates 13th November 2020

Furlough grant to support job retention not job losses from 1st December 2020

The HMRC guidance - Check which employees you can put on furlough to use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been updated on Friday 13th November 2020. For claim periods starting on or after 1st December 2020, employers cannot claim CJRS grant from the government to cover 80% of furlough reference pay salary for any … Continue reading Furlough grant to support job retention not job losses from 1st December 2020

Treasury Direction in relation to the Extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

On 13th November, the Chancellor made a Treasury Direction under Section 71 and 76 of the Coronavirus Act to extend and modify the effect of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. The Direction sets out that HMRC are responsible for the payment and management of amounts to be paid under the scheme. The schedule to this … Continue reading Treasury Direction in relation to the Extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

RTI reporting obligations for payments made early at Christmas

Dear @PAYadvice, We know that some employers pay their employees earlier than usual over the Christmas period, for example the business may close for Christmas and New Year. If you do pay early, please report your normal payment date on your Full Payment Submission (FPS). For example: if you pay on 18‌‌‌ ‌De‌ce‌mb‌er 2020 but … Continue reading RTI reporting obligations for payments made early at Christmas

Extended Job Retention Scheme claim facility now open

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 31 March 2021. For any grant claims relating to furlough up to 31st October 2020, employers must finalise and ensure that they make the grant application at the latest 30th November 2020. For the new extended Job Retention Scheme, the November grant application claim facility is … Continue reading Extended Job Retention Scheme claim facility now open

Revised Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) guidance has been delivered today as promised

Dear @PAYadvice, Please share the following message sent on behalf of the Chief Executive and Permanent Secretary – HMRC  I’m writing to let you know that new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) guidance is now available on GOV.UK. To check if you or your clients are eligible and to get ready to claim, go to: Claim … Continue reading Revised Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) guidance has been delivered today as promised

Combat Pensions Scam pledge

The pensions industry had been called on to publicly pledge to combat pension scams. Providers, trustees and administrators are urged to help protect savers thinking of cashing in their pensions by ensuring they can spot the warning signs of a scam and are informed of any risks when they look to make a transfer. The … Continue reading Combat Pensions Scam pledge

REAL LIVING WAGE INCREASES TO £9.50 IN UK AND £10.85 IN LONDON AS COST OF LIVING RISES

Living Wage Week, from 9-15 November 2020, is a UK-wide celebration of the almost 7,000 employers that have voluntarily committed to ensure employees and sub-contracted staff earn a real Living Wage. This includes more than two-fifths of the FTSE 100 and major household names such as Brewdog, Everton FC, Aviva, Burberry, and Nationwide. The real … Continue reading REAL LIVING WAGE INCREASES TO £9.50 IN UK AND £10.85 IN LONDON AS COST OF LIVING RISES

Self Assessment deadline – 31st January 2021

HMRC are encouraging those required to complete Self Assessment to complete their tax return ahead of the deadline on 31st January 2021, to make sure they have time to pay their tax bill or set up a payment plan. Self Assessment customers can complete their Self Assessment via the Personal Tax Account, which provides an … Continue reading Self Assessment deadline – 31st January 2021

Unregistered new born? Claim Child Benefit now!

Parents are being urged to claim Child Benefit even if they have not yet been able to register the birth of their new-borns to ensure they don’t miss out. C&S by PSP (c)2020 Normally, to claim Child Benefit, parents must first register their child’s birth. However, HMRC announced in April that During the pandemic parents could claim Child Benefit without … Continue reading Unregistered new born? Claim Child Benefit now!

Wales: The Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) extension

Support for care workers who are required to stay off work due to actual or suspected COVID-19 or because they have to self-isolate. Please note that this Scheme relates to care homes located in Wales. It does not apply to England, Northern Ireland or Scotland. The Statutory sick pay enhancement scheme supports care workers who … Continue reading Wales: The Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) extension

Policy paper – Extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

HMRC have published information on how you to check if an employer is eligible to claim, and what needs to be agreed with employees. Policy paperExtension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme This latest information applies for CJRS claim periods from 1 November 2020. The final date for claims for the period up to 31 … Continue reading Policy paper – Extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Chancellor statement to the house – Furlough extension

The oral statement of the Chancellor of the Exchequer announcing the extension to the Job Retention a Scheme referred also as furlough can be viewed on the following button: Chancellors statement to the houseFurlough extension PAYadvice.UK 5/11/2020

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

Dear @PAYadvice, In our email earlier this week on the extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), we promised to share any further information with you as soon as it became available. Extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – more information available Today the Chancellor has announced that CJRS will be extended until … Continue reading Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

Government extends Furlough to March and increases self-employed support

Workers across the United Kingdom will benefit from increased support with a five-month extension of the furlough scheme into Spring 2021, the Chancellor announced today, 5 November. businesses and people across the UK given certainty over winter months with further support announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunakthe furlough scheme will now be extended until the end … Continue reading Government extends Furlough to March and increases self-employed support

Living Hours – first accredited employers

AVIVA AND STANDARD LIFE ABERDEEN BECOME FIRST ‘LIVING HOURS’ EMPLOYERS, AS OVER 80% OF ADULTS BACK HOURS GUARANTEES On 20th October 2020 Aviva and Standard Life Aberdeen were announced as the UK’s first accredited Living Hours Employers. Their accreditation means that, in addition to paying their staff the real Living Wage of £9.30 in the … Continue reading Living Hours – first accredited employers

The Living Wage week is coming – new rates to be announced Monday 9th November 2020

THE ONLY UK RATE BASED ON LIVING COSTS The real Living Wage is the only UK wage rate that is voluntarily paid by over 6,500 UK businesses who believe their staff deserve a wage which meets everyday needs; the weekly shop, or a suprise trip to the dentist. Living Wage accredited employers voluntarily pay the … Continue reading The Living Wage week is coming – new rates to be announced Monday 9th November 2020

5th November restrictions for England commence

Mr Speaker, I beg to move that these Regulations are approved and that we come together today to implement time-limited restrictions across England from midnight, so we can contain the Autumn surge of the virus, protect our NHS and save many lives - Boris Johnson PM New national restrictions in England from Thursday 5 November … Continue reading 5th November restrictions for England commence

Student Loan nearly paid off? Switch to Direct Debit

The Student Loan Company (SLC) is urging customers to switch to Direct Debit in the final months of paying their student loan. In a bid to tackle over-repayments, the Student Loans Company is urging customers to switch to Direct Debit in the final months of paying their student loan and to ensure their contact information … Continue reading Student Loan nearly paid off? Switch to Direct Debit

Extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

Dear @PAYadvice, In light of the increased restrictions needed to curb the coronavirus pandemic, the UK government is introducing additional economic measures to support you and your clients. Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme  The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), which was due to end on 31 October, will now be extended, with the UK government paying … Continue reading Extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

Latest (2nd November) on CJRS extension

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension until the end of March 2021 The government have issued the following information which may provide some added clarity: Extending the Coronavirus Jobs Retention Scheme (CJRS) The CJRS will be extended until 2 December 2020. In March, we announced the Coronavirus Jobs … Continue reading Latest (2nd November) on CJRS extension

New national restrictions start 5th November 2020

The Prime Minister has announced tougher national restrictions in England from Thursday. New national restrictions from 5 November With the NHS weeks from being overwhelmed, and a higher death toll than the first wave predicted without new restrictions, the Prime Minister, Chief Medical Officer, Chief Scientific Advisor, and Cabinet agreed there was no alternative to … Continue reading New national restrictions start 5th November 2020

Furlough Scheme Extended and Further Economic Support announced

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension until the end of March 2021 The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended for a month with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked and further economic support announced. The UK is being provided with additional financial … Continue reading Furlough Scheme Extended and Further Economic Support announced

Breaking News – Furlough scheme extended to March 2021

“Following the PM’s announcement on further restrictions across the country we have decided to extended the furlough scheme for a further month covering 80% of employees’ wages”. Opinion Here we go again. Just as furlough was ending and JSS introduced, it’s all change. Prepare for everything to be reviewed once again and payroll professionals have … Continue reading Breaking News – Furlough scheme extended to March 2021

ACAS Job Support Scheme agreement templates now available

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension of CJRS until the end of March 2021 the JSS introduction is delayed. Employers must get written agreement from their employees or workers to temporarily change their working arrangements (or reach written collective agreement with a trade union) before claiming from the … Continue reading ACAS Job Support Scheme agreement templates now available

Employment Related Securities and COVID-19 Job Support Scheme

Although the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is ending on 31 October 2020, it is being replaced with the Job Support Scheme. HMRC confirm that employees working less than their usual hours and eligible for the scheme will be treated as being part furloughed for the purpose of SAYE. The extended payment holiday continues to apply … Continue reading Employment Related Securities and COVID-19 Job Support Scheme

Millions of jobs continue to be supported as Job Support Scheme (JSS) launches – now delayed due to extension of CJRS

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension of CJRS until the end of March 2021 the JSS introduction is delayed. Millions of jobs continue to be supported over the winter with the government’s JSS from Sunday, 1 November. combined with the Job Retention Bonus (JRB), the Job Support Scheme … Continue reading Millions of jobs continue to be supported as Job Support Scheme (JSS) launches – now delayed due to extension of CJRS

Job Support Scheme – Guidance Published (30th October 2020)

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension of CJRS until the end of March 2021 the JSS introduction is delayed. HMRC have published more details and guidance to assist employers in operating and claiming support through the new Job Support Scheme which commences from Sunday 1st November 2020. Check … Continue reading Job Support Scheme – Guidance Published (30th October 2020)

Tax credit claimants working reduced hours

HMRC have confirmed that ‘Tax credits claimants who are temporarily working fewer hours due to COVID-19 will continue to be treated as working their normal hours until the Job Support Scheme closes, even if they're not using the Scheme’. The Job Support Scheme policy paper states: Working Tax Credits Employees whose hours reduce due to … Continue reading Tax credit claimants working reduced hours

Job Support Scheme Open – what are ‘usual hours’?

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2020 the UK government confirmed a further extension of CJRS until the end of March 2021 the JSS introduction is delayed. There are different calculations for working out ‘usual hours’: Fixed hours For those whose pay does not vary usual hours are calculated based upon the greater of: hours contracted … Continue reading Job Support Scheme Open – what are ‘usual hours’?

Job Support Scheme Open – what is ‘reference salary’?

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension of CJRS until the end of March 2021 the JSS introduction is delayed. Under JSS Open, employers can claim up to a maximum of £1,541.75 per month. Further guidance will set out how to work out reference salary for JSS Closed. Employers … Continue reading Job Support Scheme Open – what is ‘reference salary’?

Nudge to knowledge: Government to boost pensions guidance take-up

Saver protections will be bolstered by government plans revealed today to “nudge” people towards taking pensions guidance. The proposals follow successful trials, and will require occupational pension schemes to steer members towards taking Pension Wise guidance when they seek to access their pension. The Pension Wise service provides free, impartial guidance to help over 50s … Continue reading Nudge to knowledge: Government to boost pensions guidance take-up

ACAS provide a Job Support Scheme timetable

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension of CJRS until the end of March 2021 the JSS introduction is delayed. As Furlough draws to a close and the introduction of the Job Support Scheme begins on the 1st November, The ACAS timetable illustrates what employers need to be aware … Continue reading ACAS provide a Job Support Scheme timetable

Job Support Scheme Open – temporary working agreements

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension of CJRS until the end of March 2021 the JSS introduction is delayed. To be eligible for the grant employers must have written agreements with their employee (or written collective agreement with a trade union) that they have offered a temporary working … Continue reading Job Support Scheme Open – temporary working agreements

Admin fees removed for COVID disrupted rail travel on Advance tickets

Administration charge fees removed from rail Advance tickets. rail passengers holding Advance tickets across Great Britain will not lose out as government makes it easier to change travel plansgreater flexibility will ensure passengers are not penalised for adhering to new restrictions, building consumer confidence and encouraging passengers back to the railways when it is safe … Continue reading Admin fees removed for COVID disrupted rail travel on Advance tickets

Job Support Scheme and National Minimum Wage

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension of CJRS until the end of March 2021 the JSS introduction is delayed. Employees are entitled to the National Living Wage, National Minimum Wage or Apprentices Minimum Wage for the hours they are working or treated as working (such as training undertaken … Continue reading Job Support Scheme and National Minimum Wage

Job Support Scheme – which employees?

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension of CJRS until the end of March 2021 the JSS introduction is delayed. Employees who can be claimed for (JSS Open and JSS Closed) Eligible employers will be able to claim the Job Support Scheme grant for employees who were on their … Continue reading Job Support Scheme – which employees?

Protections for working parents eligible for childcare support

Working parents who are on the Government’s coronavirus support schemes will still be eligible for childcare support even if their income falls below the minimum threshold requirement. The Government has confirmed that from Sunday 1 November, eligible working parents who receive support through the Government’s new Job Support Scheme (JSS) and extended Self-Employed Income Support … Continue reading Protections for working parents eligible for childcare support

Ready, steady, 100 days till the Self Assessment deadline

HMRC have issued a reminder to those who are required to submit a self assessment tax return. Dear @PAYadvice, There are just 100 days left to complete your tax return ahead of the 31‌‌‌ ‌January 2021 deadline. We know that this is a difficult time for everyone, but HMRC are here to help and support … Continue reading Ready, steady, 100 days till the Self Assessment deadline