Organised Labour Fraud

As part of the August 2022 employer bulletin, HMRC has issued information on Organised Labour Fraud. Organised labour fraud is the collective name HMRC gives to three main frauds: labour fraud in constructionmini-umbrella company fraudpayroll company fraud It’s ‘organised’ because it is orchestrated and conducted by organised crime groups. It’s ‘labour fraud’ because it always … Continue reading Organised Labour Fraud

August 2022 HMRC Employer Bulletin

HMRC have published their August 2022 edition of the employers bulletin. It covers a multitude of topics: PAYE PAYE Settlement Agreements — introducing new digital version of the PSA1 Form Payment deadline and calculation reminder Employers PAYE — introduction of variable payment plan First Full Payment Submission for new starters: the importance of using the … Continue reading August 2022 HMRC Employer Bulletin

More tax avoidance schemes named

Countrywide Partners Limited has been named as a promoter of a tax avoidance scheme by HMRC. If you have been paid by them via this scheme where a part of your salary was in the form of a loan, please get in touch with HMRC now! Scheme users entered into an employment contract with Countrywide … Continue reading More tax avoidance schemes named

£400 energy bills discount this winter

The UK government sets out further details of the Energy Bills Support Scheme. Households to start receiving £400 off their energy bills from October 2022, with the discount made in 6 instalments to help families throughout the winter periodgovernment confirms important details of the Energy Bills Support Scheme, which will provide energy bill discounts to … Continue reading £400 energy bills discount this winter

Fear and insecurity mean workers do not report underpayment

The Low Pay Commission (LPC) has published a report on non-compliance and enforcement of the minimum wage in Leicester’s textiles manufacturers. Since 2020, multiple agencies have carried out large-scale joint enforcement operations in Leicester, partly in response to persistent reports of exploitation and underpayment. Low Pay Commissioners heard evidence on the forces driving non-compliance and … Continue reading Fear and insecurity mean workers do not report underpayment

Get kids active over the summer holidays

Disney-inspired campaign relaunches to help kids get one hour of physical activity every day over the summer holidays. Only 45% of children are meeting the Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines of one hour of physical activity a dayThe campaign seeks to inspire kids to get active by using some of their favourite stories and characters from … Continue reading Get kids active over the summer holidays

Supreme Court Holiday Pay ruling – 12.07% is unlawful

The Supreme Court have dismissed the Harpur Trust appeal against the Court of Appeal ruling on percentage holiday pay scheme being unlawful. The court confirms that the minimum holiday pay due must comply with the Employment Rights Act 1996 (and as amended) under section 224. The case related to a Part Year Worker who until … Continue reading Supreme Court Holiday Pay ruling – 12.07% is unlawful

Heat-health advice issued

With temperatures rising to forecasted record levels this weekend, UKHSA and the Met Office is reminding people to take precautions to stay safe through the hot weather. The hottest temperatures are expected on Monday and Tuesday (18th/19th July 2022) with highs of 40°C possible. A Level 4 alert has been issued for the first time … Continue reading Heat-health advice issued

New law ensures all staff keep their tips

Government backs new reforms making it unlawful for employers to withhold tips from staff. New legislation to make it unlawful for employers to withhold tips from staffit means customers will know for certain that all tips will go to hard-working employees, who will take home more moneythe Tipping Bill will benefit more than 2 million … Continue reading New law ensures all staff keep their tips

Parents whose babies require neonatal care to receive paid leave under new law backed by government

Government backs laws providing additional paid leave to parents whose babies require neonatal care after birthreforms will allow parents to spend more time providing crucial care for their baby instead of worrying about returning to work or having to take unpaid leaveBusiness Minister Jane Hunt: “I hope we can take one concern off the minds … Continue reading Parents whose babies require neonatal care to receive paid leave under new law backed by government

More than 33,600 tax credits customers use HMRC app to renew

More than 33,600 have successfully used the HMRC app to renew their tax credits claim so far this year, a 39% increase on last year. Tax credits are there to help working families with targeted financial support, so And it is important that claimants act to renew before the 31st July 2022 deadline to ensure … Continue reading More than 33,600 tax credits customers use HMRC app to renew

Minister calls on pension schemes to get “data ready” for dashboards

Minister for Pensions Guy Opperman has called on pension schemes of all types and sizes to make sure their data is ready for pensions dashboards. The calls come as the government publishes its response to a consultation which gathered feedback from industry, potential providers, consumer groups and future users on what data should be included … Continue reading Minister calls on pension schemes to get “data ready” for dashboards

Tens of thousands will be helped to take stock of their work, wellbeing and finances through the DWP’s “Mid-life MOT” initiative.

The Mid-life MOT is a review for workers in their 40s and 50s that helps them take stock of their finances, skills and health, and enables them to better prepare for their retirement and build financial resilience. As part of the expansion, Mid-life MOTs will be delivered online, in the private sector and through the … Continue reading Tens of thousands will be helped to take stock of their work, wellbeing and finances through the DWP’s “Mid-life MOT” initiative.

New DBS check eligibility guidance for the charity sector and overseas aid organisations

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has issued new guidance around eligibility for DBS checks, for people in the charity sector and overseas aid organisations. There is separate guidance for those who work with children, and those who work with adults. DBS guidance leaflets The guidance covers England, Wales, the Channel Islands, and the Isle … Continue reading New DBS check eligibility guidance for the charity sector and overseas aid organisations

Bill ensures thousands of seafarers receive fair pay

new pay protection laws on minimum wage for thousands of seafarers regularly entering UK waterslaws will prevent firms undercutting fair pay for seafarers by using legal loopholes to pay low wagesgovernment publishes response to the consultation on Seafarers’ Wages Bill The UK government introduced new legislation on 6th July 2022 to make sure seafarers get … Continue reading Bill ensures thousands of seafarers receive fair pay

Nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists and physiotherapists can now certify and issue fit notes

The change is set to support patients getting advice and fit notes from their healthcare professional - without having to separately see a doctorThe reform follows fit notes going fully digital as they no longer need to be signed in ink. From Friday 1st July 2022: nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists and physiotherapists can all legally … Continue reading Nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists and physiotherapists can now certify and issue fit notes

Families can use Tax-Free Childcare to help pay for childcare costs this summer.

With school summer holidays less than a month away, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are reminding families of financial support that can help pay for childcare. Through Tax-Free Childcare, families can receive up to £2,000 a year per child – or £4,000 if their child is disabled – to put towards the cost of childcare. … Continue reading Families can use Tax-Free Childcare to help pay for childcare costs this summer.

Half a million benefit claimants get jobs in under 6 months

Over 500,000 jobseekers have been supported to find work through their jobcentreBenefit claimants moved into work at a record rate in April 2022 as part of the “Way to Work” driveHundreds of employers across the UK saving money on recruitment costs and filling vacancies fast Launched in January 2022, government ministers set the target of … Continue reading Half a million benefit claimants get jobs in under 6 months

Consultation launched to tackle tax rebate reprobates

We have all seen them, constant advertising to claim marriage tax allowance rebates, or tax reliefs for working from home. Some almost convince that they are promoted by or are associated with HM Revenue and Customs, when the reality is that they neither approved nor partners of HMRC. ‘Which’, the consumer organisation, refer to some … Continue reading Consultation launched to tackle tax rebate reprobates

Eight million households to get new cost-of-living payment from 14 July

More than eight million households across the whole of the UK will get a cash payment from July to ease cost of living pressures, as the Work and Pensions Secretary Thérèse Coffey sets out detailed plans today. Millions will receive the first of two cost of living instalments totalling £650 from 14 July 2022, part … Continue reading Eight million households to get new cost-of-living payment from 14 July

Making the apprenticeship system simpler

Over the past 5 years it is claimed that apprenticeships have been transformed into a high-quality skills programme for learners and employers. Employers have created over 640 standards to meet their business skills needs with training delivered by registered providers, which are regularly inspected, and apprentices complete rigorous end-point assessment, so employers know that they … Continue reading Making the apprenticeship system simpler

Prime Minister rallies employers to help get 500,000 into work

Over 347,000 unemployed people on benefits have found work in just four months through the Way to Work campaign – a national push to get half a million more people into jobs by the end of June 2022. figures show 347,000 people have moved into work since January 2022 due to a drive to fill … Continue reading Prime Minister rallies employers to help get 500,000 into work

Future of work review to be lead by Matt Warman

The Prime Minister has asked Matt Warman MP to lead a review into how the government can best support a thriving future UK labour market. Creating a highly-skilled workforce in the UK will power the mission to grow a high-productivity, high-wage economy that builds the foundation for prosperity across the whole country and for a … Continue reading Future of work review to be lead by Matt Warman

Prescription charge freeze

Freeze will help ease the cost of living pressures on households, saving £17 million overallComes alongside record government NHS investment to tackle the Covid backlog and reduce waiting times NHS prescription charges will be frozen for the first time in 12 years to help with the cost of living. Charges usually increase in line with … Continue reading Prescription charge freeze

Financial help to work for those with disability and health challenges

Those with a disability or a physical or mental health condition, may need extra help to start a new job, or to stay in work. Employers have a legal responsibility to support those in work, by considering reasonable adjustments to the job, the recruitment process or by providing extra equipment. If an individual needs extra … Continue reading Financial help to work for those with disability and health challenges

Claiming Child Benefit? Check your P60

HM Revenue and customs are encouraging parents who claim child benefit to check their P60 which must be issued by 31st May 2022 to those employed on 5th April 2022. If either of the parents income has recently risen above £50k, they may be affected by the High Income Child Benefit Charge. Check your P60 … Continue reading Claiming Child Benefit? Check your P60

2.1 million tax credits packs issued

About 2.1 million tax credits claimants will begin to receive their annual renewal packs from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). The packs will be sent between 25th April and 27th May 2022, and claimants have until 31st July 2022 to check their details are and update HMRC if there has been a change in circumstances. … Continue reading 2.1 million tax credits packs issued

Move of claimants to Universal Credit to restart

The government outlines plans to resume helping claimants move to Universal Credit by end of 2024Universal Credit supported millions during the pandemic All benefit claimants will be moved over to Universal Credit by the end of 2024, the Department for Work and Pensions announced. The restart follows a pause to the process during the pandemic … Continue reading Move of claimants to Universal Credit to restart

Future homebuyers to be freed from expensive ground rent bills on 30th June

Ground rent charges will be banned on most new residential leases from 30th June 2022Ban will put an end to increasing annual costsFirst step in government reform package to create fairer housing system Future homebuyers will see their prospective property bills reduce in when the government’s ban on charging ground rent on new leases in … Continue reading Future homebuyers to be freed from expensive ground rent bills on 30th June

Multiplying maths skills for adults

£270 million investment in adult numeracy in England to help people progress and secure great jobs Adults looking to improve their numeracy skills are set to benefit from a £270 million investment in new courses, helping to level up opportunities for more people to progress and get good, well-paid jobs. Around 17 million adults in … Continue reading Multiplying maths skills for adults

COVID-19 Easements end

As part of the April 2022 Employer Bulletin, HMRC have confirmed detail around the ending of certain ‘easements’ related to special measures during COVID-19. Easement ends for employee home-office expenses Existing rules prior to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic provided Income Tax and National Insurance contributions exemptions, where employers provide employees with equipment to allow them … Continue reading COVID-19 Easements end

Home and Hybrid working – a taxing situation

Working from home: claiming tax relief from April 2022 As part of emergency COVID-19 restrictions, Government instructions to work from home where possible, including the legal requirement to self-isolate if you or a close contact tested positive for coronavirus, meant that in tax years 2020 to 2021 and 2021 to 2022 millions of people across … Continue reading Home and Hybrid working – a taxing situation

Check what financial help you can get from HMRC

HM Revenue and Customs claim to want to make it as easy as possible for individuals and their family to claim any benefits, credits and allowances that they might be entitled to. They have pulled together a list of all support they can offer. Check what financial help you can get from HMRC Find out … Continue reading Check what financial help you can get from HMRC

Allow up to ten weeks to apply for a British passport

People are being urged not to leave their application for a British passport to the last minute, with demand currently at an all-time high. Since April 2021 HM Passport Office has been advising people to allow up to ten weeks when applying for their passport. This advice remains. Due to COVID-19, HM Passport Office saw … Continue reading Allow up to ten weeks to apply for a British passport

Updated guidance on how tips, gratuities and service charges are taxed

April 2022, HMRC are publishing an update to the E24 guidance on tips, gratuities, service charges and troncs – in addition to the updated Tips at work guidance published in November 2021. The updated guidance will reflect a shift towards customers paying tips electronically, such as through digital applications designed for this service. E24: tips, … Continue reading Updated guidance on how tips, gratuities and service charges are taxed

Digital ‘fit note’ launched

Doctors issue fit notes to people to provide evidence of the advice they have given about their fitness for work. They record details of the functional effects of their patient’s condition so the patient and their employer can consider ways to help them return to work. From April 2022 you may notice changes to the … Continue reading Digital ‘fit note’ launched

142,000+ use payment plans to pay Self Assessment bill

HMRC's online Time to Pay facility has been used by more than 142,000 Self Assessment filers since April 2021, helping spread their tax bill. The Self Assessment deadline for 2020 to 2021 tax returns was 31st January 2022 but, this year, HMRC gave until 1st April 2022 to pay any tax owed and not face … Continue reading 142,000+ use payment plans to pay Self Assessment bill

Check your Auto Enrolment Pension scheme

Do you operate a banded pension scheme using qualifying earning? Have you checked that the start and end points meet the requirements in operation for pay reference periods commencing 6th April 2022. Since the introduction of pension AE the qualifying earnings Lower Threshold has matched the National Insurance Lower Earnings Limit (LEL). Often pension schemes would … Continue reading Check your Auto Enrolment Pension scheme

New National Minimum Wage rates commence

For pay periods commencing from the 1st April 2022, the new National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates come into force. Employers who fail to ensure that their staff are paid at least minimum wage for all work-time will be in breach of National Minimum Wage law and are committing criminal activity. those found … Continue reading New National Minimum Wage rates commence

Help with Easter childcare costs

Working parents can get up to £2,000 a year to pay for regulated childcare, including holiday clubs and out-of-school activities in the Easter holidays. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding working parents in the UK to not miss out on the opportunity to get up to £2,000 a year to pay for regulated childcare, … Continue reading Help with Easter childcare costs

Movement to Work CEO Summit

Monday 28th March 2022, Work and Pensions Secretary Thérèse Coffey delivered a speech at the Movement to Work CEO Summit. By thinking hard and digging deep in the roundtables you’re about have, how to turn ideas into action at this Summit, you could also be back next year to celebrate the great achievements that come … Continue reading Movement to Work CEO Summit

New statutory code to prevent unscrupulous employers using fire and rehire tactics

A statutory code on the practice of ‘fire and rehire’ will clamp down on controversial tactics used by employers who fail to engage in meaningful consultations with employees. Tuesday 29 March 2022, Labour Markets minister Paul Scully announced a new statutory code on the practice of ‘fire and rehire’. The code will also clamp down … Continue reading New statutory code to prevent unscrupulous employers using fire and rehire tactics

Next steps for living with COVID

New guidance, from the Department of Health and Social Care, outlines free COVID-19 tests will continue to be available to help protect specific groups once free testing for the general public ends on 1st April 2022 Free COVID-19 tests will continue to be available to specific groups including eligible patients and NHS and care staff … Continue reading Next steps for living with COVID

SPRING BUDGET SPECIAL 2022-23 WITH SIMON PARSONS #79

Nick Day is joined on The Payroll Podcast by Simon Parsons M.Sc FCIPPdip MBCS, Director UK Compliance Strategies at SD Worx, Simon is a Specialist in UK tax and Social Insurance legislation and all things payroll software development, and also a fellow panellist on Payroll Question Time. SPRING BUDGET SPECIAL 2022-23 WITH SIMON PARSONS #79 … Continue reading SPRING BUDGET SPECIAL 2022-23 WITH SIMON PARSONS #79

Northern Ireland retain day 1 SSP for COVID

Northern Ireland retain COVID SSP day one Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) is a transferred matter in Northern Ireland and they have decided to retain the power in the Act which enabled SSP to be paid from day one of a COVID-related absence. Northern Ireland will also be retaining the broader SSP regulations which extended eligibility … Continue reading Northern Ireland retain day 1 SSP for COVID

Payroll surprise in spring statement

As part of the Spring Statement 2022 given on Wednesday 23rd March 2022, the government announced a change to National Insurance calculations which are to be applicable from Monday 6th July 2022. Increase is Primary Threshold The chancellor has announced an increase in the Class 1 National Insurance Primary Threshold from £9,880 to £12,570, the … Continue reading Payroll surprise in spring statement

Updates to Employer Right To Work guidance for April 2022

The Home Office have issued an updated draft version of Employer's Guide to Right to Work Checks' to reflect changes in legislation coming into force on 6th April 2022. Employers Guide to Right to Work Checks What Right to Work checking changes? The updated guidance includes: changes in the way Biometric Residence Card Biometric Residence … Continue reading Updates to Employer Right To Work guidance for April 2022

COVID-19 travel restrictions removed

The government will remove the remaining COVID-19 international travel restrictions for all passengers from 4am Friday 18th March 2022. from 4am 18th March 2022 no-one entering the UK will need to take tests or complete a passenger locator formremaining managed hotel quarantine capacity will be fully stood down from the end of March, making the … Continue reading COVID-19 travel restrictions removed

Violence and harassment at work treaty

Work and Pensions Secretary Thérèse Coffey deposits treaty tackling workplace violence, completing the ratification process for the UK. The UK government has strengthened its efforts to end violence and harassment in the workplace, becoming the 11th country to ratify the International Labour Organization’s Violence and Harassment Convention. This is the first international treaty to recognise … Continue reading Violence and harassment at work treaty

Pay transparency pilot to break down barriers for women

Minister for Women, Baroness Stedman-Scott, launches initiatives to level up employment opportunities for womenParticipating employers will run pilots aimed at closing salary gaps by publishing salaries on all job advertsNew ‘returners’ programme to support women into STEM roles after taking time out to care for loved ones Minister for Women, Baroness Stedman-Scott, has launched two … Continue reading Pay transparency pilot to break down barriers for women

Intrusive worker surveillance “spiralling out of control”

Latest TUC polling by Britain Thinks reveals majority of workers say they have experienced surveillance in the past year Overwhelming support for stronger regulation to protect workers from punitive use of AI and surveillance tech Post Office scandal must be a turning point on uncritical use of worker monitoring tech. Intrusive worker surveillance tech and … Continue reading Intrusive worker surveillance “spiralling out of control”

Health and Social Care – National Insurance contribution uplift

HMRC have issued the following communication to UK employers to assist informing employees of the reason for the increase in National Insurance contributions that apply from 6th April 2022. Dear PAYadvice, We would appreciate your assistance to help… employees understand that the increased National Insurance contribution of 1.25 percentage points from 6‌‌‌ ‌‌April 2022 is … Continue reading Health and Social Care – National Insurance contribution uplift

Plan for living with COVID

Prime Minister confirms next steps for living with Covid-19Vaccines will remain first line of defence against the virus with further boosters this spring for the most vulnerableAll remaining domestic covid regulations restricting public freedoms to end this week as part of the Living with Covid Plan Vaccines will remain the first line of defence against … Continue reading Plan for living with COVID

National Minimum Wage increase impact on Historic Statutory Maternity Pay

The National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates increase for pay periods commencing 1st April 2022. HMRC, as part of the February 2022 Employer Bulletin are reminding employers of the obligations for any pay rise that falls into the maternity leave period (from the start of the earnings averaging period and through to the … Continue reading National Minimum Wage increase impact on Historic Statutory Maternity Pay

Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay and Leave in Northern Ireland

Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay in Northern Ireland ― new employment right coming into force ― 6th April 2022 Who will be entitled? Employed parents who lose a child under the age of 18 (or those who suffer stillbirth from 24 weeks) will be entitled to 2 weeks of Parental Bereavement Leave as a “day … Continue reading Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay and Leave in Northern Ireland

100,000 spread their Self Assessment tax bill

Almost 100,000 Self Assessment filers have used online payment plans to spread the cost of their tax bill into manageable monthly instalments since April 2021, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has revealed. Once a customer has filed their 2020 to 2021 Self Assessment tax return, they can set up a Time to Pay arrangement for up to … Continue reading 100,000 spread their Self Assessment tax bill

800 families facing tough times to be offered holidays

Families struggling financially, or facing illness, isolation or bereavement, will have an opportunity for a weekend break thanks to a new government fund. ‘England for Everyone’ fund will provide holidays and trips for more than 800 families facing difficult timesFamily Holiday Charity will use the funding to arrange trips for families during 2022It help those … Continue reading 800 families facing tough times to be offered holidays

Pension AE threshold for 2022/2023 frozen

The government have confirmed that the Pension Auto Enrolment thresholds have all been frozen at the April 2021 levels. For the first time the Lower Earnings Threshold (LET) separates from the National Insurance Lower Earnings Limit (LEL) which rises from 6th April 2022. Automatic enrolment: review of the earnings trigger and qualifying earnings band for … Continue reading Pension AE threshold for 2022/2023 frozen

National Apprenticeship Week 2022: Building the future with apprenticeships

The ‘Build the Future’ theme returns for its second year, with over 1,200 events taking place across England to showcase the benefits of apprenticeships. The week aims to celebrate and promote the fantastic benefits which apprenticeships offer both learners and employers, spotlighting businesses who are investing in this life-changing education route. Secretary of State for Education, … Continue reading National Apprenticeship Week 2022: Building the future with apprenticeships

£350 boost to help with rising energy costs

Millions of households will receive up to £350 to help with the cost of living following a rise in the energy price cap.All domestic electricity customers will get £200 off their energy bills from October, with 80% of households receiving a £150 Council Tax rebate from April.Chancellor Rishi Sunak announces £9.1 billion Energy Bills Rebate … Continue reading £350 boost to help with rising energy costs

Removing vaccination as a condition of deployment for health and social care staff

Vaccination as a condition of deployment revisited as Omicron replaces Delta as dominant variantLegal requirement for health and social care staff to be double jabbed to be removed, subject to consultation and Parliamentary approvalVast majority of health and care workers vaccinated but remainder are urged to Get Boosted Now as a professional responsibility Regulations making … Continue reading Removing vaccination as a condition of deployment for health and social care staff

Over 10.2 million filed their Self Assessment by 31st January 2022

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has confirmed that more than 10.2 million customers filed their 2020 to 2021 tax returns by the 31st January 2022 deadline. More than 630,000 filed on deadline day and the peak hour for filing was 16:00 to 16:59 when 52,475 completed their Self Assessment. There were 20,947 who completed their … Continue reading Over 10.2 million filed their Self Assessment by 31st January 2022

Student Loan Plan 2 and Post-Graduate loan thresholds frozen

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

Campaigners call for urgent action on diversion of tax refunds

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

Sick pay self-certification returns to 7 days coverage

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

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

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

COVID-19: England returns to plan A

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

Scottish changes to working from home

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

Returning to offices

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

England to return to Plan A

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

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

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

Tax refund companies under fire for high fees

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

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

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

State Pension Age review

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

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

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

New critical workforce testing measures

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

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – saving UK employment

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

Support to help more disabled people into work

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

2,828 ’elf Assessments filed on Christmas Day

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

Protect yourself from online sales scams

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

Self-isolation reduced from 10 to 7 days

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

Statutory Sick Pay rebate scheme (SSPRS) reopens

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

Cyber laws to protect personal tech

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

HMRC to name tax avoidance promoters

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

Temporary changes to the self-certification period for sickness absence

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

Employee Sickness self-certification extended to 28 days

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

Record £1 billion child support

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

Record number of people on payroll

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

Second State Pension Age Review

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

TUC want to hear from Childcare workers

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

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

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

More help to train and test new HGV drivers

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