BME unemployment is rising

The unemployment rate for Black and minority ethnic (BME) workers has risen at three times the speed of the unemployment rate for white workers, according to TUC analysis of new ONS employment figures published Tuesday 18th May 2021. TUC analysis of the ONS figures show BME unemployment rate has increased by 41% to 8.9% over … Continue reading BME unemployment is rising

Simpler information to transform pension understanding for savers

Savers will have a much clearer picture of their pension pots from next year, thanks to government plans to introduce simpler annual statements. Under new regulations to be outlined this week, the government will require pension schemes to issue their members two-page documents highlighting in simple terms key information including the size of the saver’s … Continue reading Simpler information to transform pension understanding for savers

COVID-19 Charter for holidaymakers launched

Charter provides clear information for passengers outlining their rights and responsibilities when travelling this summer. Passenger COVID-19 Charter published as people allowed to begin travelling again internationally for leisurecharter details how holidaymakers can travel safely, including information on passenger rights and responsibilities, what to do if things go wrong and how to stay safe abroadAviation … Continue reading COVID-19 Charter for holidaymakers launched

Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme

EU, EEA or Swiss citizens, and family members resident in the UK by 31st December 2020, now have less than 50 days to apply to the EU #SettlementScheme to continue to reside, work, and access benefits in the UK after 30th June 2021. The EEA includes the EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. … Continue reading Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme

Work from Home Day: new laws needed to make flexible working patterns available for all workers after pandemic – TUC

Prime minister signals that the work from home order will be lifted on 21 JuneRise of homeworking for office workers must not lead to “new inequalities”, warns TUCLack of employment bill in Queen’s Speech a ‘colossal failure’ to address changed expectations of flexibility at work following the pandemic Friday 14th May 2021 is the 16th … Continue reading Work from Home Day: new laws needed to make flexible working patterns available for all workers after pandemic – TUC

Non-compliance with basic employment rights in the labour market highlights the need for reform – TUC

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) have published a research paper outlining an action plan to reform labour market enforcement. TUC action plan to reform labour market enforcement They claim that ‘significant reforms are needed to make sure that all workers (and especially low paid, insecure workers) have a viable route to enforce their basic workplace … Continue reading Non-compliance with basic employment rights in the labour market highlights the need for reform – TUC

Working from home? Claim tax relief for 2021 to 2022 tax year

More than half a million people have claimed the working from home tax relief this tax year and are already benefitting. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is accepting tax relief claims for working from home due to coronavirus during 2021 to 2022. More than 550,000 employed workers have already claimed and are benefitting from the … Continue reading Working from home? Claim tax relief for 2021 to 2022 tax year

John Glen addresses Which? Cash Summit

The Economic Secretary to the Treasury spoke about the Government’s commitment to protect access to cash and announced a consultation on legislative proposals will be launched in Summer 2021. Opening remarks by John Glen MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Which? Consumer Group Cash Summit, 13th May 2021 Delivered on: 13th May 2021 (Transcript of … Continue reading John Glen addresses Which? Cash Summit

Traffic light system: safe return to international travel

From 17th May 2021, the ‘Stay in the UK’ regulation will cease and international travel will be allowed to restart, governed by a new traffic light system. Written statement to Parliament - Rt Hon Grant Schapps MP We have made enormous progress this year in tackling the pandemic across Britain. That progress has been hard … Continue reading Traffic light system: safe return to international travel

New ‘We Offer Testing to our Staff’ scheme launched

New sticker scheme launched allowing UK businesses to display their offer of free testing for staff alongside materials promoting use of the NHS COVID-19 app to check in customers and visitorsAlongside the vaccine rollout and checking in with the NHS COVID-19 app, regular testing is at the heart of plans to reopen society and the … Continue reading New ‘We Offer Testing to our Staff’ scheme launched

Low Pay Commission publish their report on National Minimum Wage enforcement

The Covid-19 pandemic has left low-paid workers more vulnerable and businesses under greater pressure than ever before. This increases the risk of minimum wage underpayment and demands a proactive and strategic response from the Government. These are the conclusions of a report into compliance and enforcement of the National Minimum Wage (NMW), published 11th May … Continue reading Low Pay Commission publish their report on National Minimum Wage enforcement

Nearly 8 out of 10 UK employees (78%) had a workplace pension in April 2020.

Pension Automatic Enrolment (AE) was introduced in October 2012 to require employers to provide and contribute to workplace pensions for eligible employees. Employees are eligible if they earn more than £10,000 a year, are aged between 22 years and State Pension age (SPa) and are not already enrolled in a qualifying workplace pension. The proportion … Continue reading Nearly 8 out of 10 UK employees (78%) had a workplace pension in April 2020.

Mini Umbrella Company (MUC) fraud

HMRC have issued information on fraud being committed by a number of Mini Umbrella Companies. HMRC claim that every business which either places or uses temporary labour should be aware of the potential dangers posed to by mini umbrella company fraud. Not only can a fraudulent supply chain lead to reputational and financial damage to … Continue reading Mini Umbrella Company (MUC) fraud

Raising awareness of job scams

Our aim is to raise awareness of scams and employment fraud among job seekers. The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is running a campaign to raise awareness of job scams and employment fraud among job seekers. DBS is working alongside JobsAware, Disclosure Scotland and AccessNI. JobsAware is a non-profit organisation, with cross-government support, that informs people … Continue reading Raising awareness of job scams

HMRC publish guidance for those employed by umbrellas

HMRC have published further guidance (29th April 2021) to clarify the position on agency and contractors who are employees of umbrella organisations. Working through an umbrella company Those employed by umbrellas can find out about how and what they will be paid if they are an agency worker or contractor and work through an umbrella … Continue reading HMRC publish guidance for those employed by umbrellas

BEIS-HMRC Joint National Minimum Wage Stakeholder Forum

BEIS and HMRC held a Joint National Minimum Wage (NMW) virtual Stakeholder Forum on 29th April 2021 with employer and Minimum pay industry experts. They have kindly shared the presentation slides from the day. The government department responsible for employment law including National Minimum Wage is the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). … Continue reading BEIS-HMRC Joint National Minimum Wage Stakeholder Forum

Job Retention Scheme guidance updated 6th May 2021

Did you pay furlough during April 2021 and need to make a grant claim. You have until 14th May 2021. Thursday 6th May and the next round of guidance updates. The main update is the publication of the claims information for periods from December 2020 to February 2021. Page titleChangesCoronavirus Job Retention Scheme collection All … Continue reading Job Retention Scheme guidance updated 6th May 2021

Improvements introduced to marriage registration system

Major changes to the way marriages in England and Wales are registered are being introduced to help modernise the system. From 4th May 2021, a single electronic marriage register will be created to make the system simpler and more efficient. It will also correct a historic anomaly to allow for the names of both parents … Continue reading Improvements introduced to marriage registration system

Problem debt breathing space launched

Hundreds of thousands of people struggling with debt problems will be supported through a new debt respite scheme that launched today 4th May 2021. around 700,000 people struggling with problem debt to benefit from Breathing Space this yearscheme will give those facing financial difficulties 60 days to get finances back on track – without debts … Continue reading Problem debt breathing space launched

Limit on funeral mourners to be removed

Families and friends will shortly be able to pay their respects to loved ones in greater numbers, with numerical limits on funerals to be removed. Legal limit on numbers of mourners at funerals to be removed in England at Step 3 of the roadmapVenues such as places of worship to set limits based on individual … Continue reading Limit on funeral mourners to be removed

The key steps Government has taken to support workers

The UK has one of the best workers’ rights records in the world. Following the 1st May International Workers’ Day 2021, the UK reflects on some of the key steps the Government has taken to support workers since last year. Looking to the future, the government is bringing forward plans to crack down on workplace … Continue reading The key steps Government has taken to support workers

Changes to the enhanced DBS check application process

Changes relates to an applicant's personal information and apply from 31st May 2021. The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) are implementing changes to the enhanced DBS check application process. The change will mean that DBS is no longer able to amend an applicant’s personal information on an application form, once it has been submitted. The … Continue reading Changes to the enhanced DBS check application process

Kickstart scheme takes off

The Kickstart Scheme was announced by the Chancellor last Summer, and will offer hundreds of thousands of job opportunities over the next two years. A £2 billion pot is available to fully fund positions with businesses across Britain. 16,500 young people have already started their 6 month paid job placement through the #Kickstart Scheme and … Continue reading Kickstart scheme takes off

New and returning students urged to apply now for student finance

There is one simple step students should take to ensure their finances are in place by start of the next academic year – Apply Now, says Derek Ross, Executive Director, Operations In 2020, SLC processed and paid more students than ever before and the next academic year looks set to be another record-breaker. Data published … Continue reading New and returning students urged to apply now for student finance

COVID-19 support – what’s available and actions you or your clients may need

Dear Payadvice Ltd, I’m writing to you with the latest information about financial support schemes available to help your clients as part of the UK Government’s Plan for Jobs. This includes the latest on the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and the VAT deferral new payment scheme. Thank you for … Continue reading COVID-19 support – what’s available and actions you or your clients may need

New flexible apprenticeships consultation

Sectors including creative, agriculture and construction industries will soon be able to offer more flexible apprenticeship opportunities A consultation has launched Tuesday 20th April 2021, seeking views on how new flexi-job apprenticeship schemes could be run. Apprenticeships are at least 12 months long, so some sectors with flexible employment patterns and short-term roles, such as … Continue reading New flexible apprenticeships consultation

95% mortgage scheme launched

A new government-backed mortgage scheme will help first time buyers or current homeowners secure a mortgage with just a 5% deposit. 95% mortgage guarantee launched, available on high streets across the countryScheme part of a range of ownership options to help make home ownership a realityNew figures show demand for home ownership has soared during … Continue reading 95% mortgage scheme launched

One-third of Scots unaware of Holyrood’s tax changes as tax and accountancy bodies call for increased awareness of devolved taxes

The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) and ICAS (the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland) are calling on Scotland’s political parties to improve public awareness of devolved taxation in the next Scottish Parliament, as a new poll shows that a third of Scots are unaware that the Scottish Parliament has made changes to the tax … Continue reading One-third of Scots unaware of Holyrood’s tax changes as tax and accountancy bodies call for increased awareness of devolved taxes

‘Umbrella’ companies under the spotlight

The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) has published a research report looking at the use of ‘umbrella’ companies and other labour market intermediaries in the UK. The factual and technical report also considers the nature and scale of disguised remuneration schemes. It is intended to help increase public knowledge of how labour market intermediaries … Continue reading ‘Umbrella’ companies under the spotlight

Treasury Direction – 15th April 2021: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Job Retention Bonus

The 7th CJRS Treasury Direction made under Sections 71 and 76 of the Coronavirus Act 20 This direction extends, and modifies the effect of, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“CJRS”). The extension applies from 1st May 2021 ending on 30th September 2021. Treasury Direction made under Sections 71 and 76 of the Coronavirus Act 2020 … Continue reading Treasury Direction – 15th April 2021: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Job Retention Bonus

Staff COVID-19 vaccines in care homes consultation

Staff in care homes with older adult residents in England may be required to have a COVID-19 vaccine to protect residents from the virus. Consultation launched on making COVID vaccination a condition of work for people who are deployed in these homesCare home workers urged to take up offer of a vaccine now to keep … Continue reading Staff COVID-19 vaccines in care homes consultation

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) – Step 2

How to make your workplace COVID-secure. Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) Applies to: England (see guidance for Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland) The 14 guides cover a range of different types of work. Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, so may need to use more than one guide as they think through what they need … Continue reading Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) – Step 2

Cycle training for families and children

As COVID-19 restrictions lift, Transport Secretary invests in the Bikeability cycling proficiency training scheme so that more people can feel confident cycling. government invests record £18 million toward cycle training for children and familiesfunding will ensure children are cycling-confident and whole family groups can receive bespoke training sessions through the Bikeability programmeas restrictions are cautiously … Continue reading Cycle training for families and children

Specialist job coaches to help young people onto the jobs ladder

The recruitment is a further boost for the government’s Plan for Jobs, which aims to help people of all ages move into work. Thousands of young people will benefit from six-month intensive employment support packages as the Department for Work and Pensions recruits an extra 150 specialist Youth Employability Coaches across the UK. Youth Employability … Continue reading Specialist job coaches to help young people onto the jobs ladder

Work-based learning key to post-COVID-19 recovery – OU

A survey carried out by The Open University (OU) shows that employers have a renewed appetite for apprenticeships and work-based learning. A significant number (70%) say apprenticeships will be vital to their recovery from the disruption caused by Covid-19, with 72% planning to take on more apprentices over the next 12 months. TrainingZone explores the … Continue reading Work-based learning key to post-COVID-19 recovery – OU

Furlough claim data updated

The Monthly data on claims made by employers through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for December 2020 and January 2021 has been updated (7th April 2021). Transparency data - Employers who have claimed through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Future publications HMRC will publish a new list each month alongside the historical data already published. … Continue reading Furlough claim data updated

COVID-19 support – latest information

Dear Payadvice Ltd, I’m writing to you with the latest information about financial support schemes available to help your clients. This includes the latest on the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and the VAT deferral new payment scheme. Self-Employment Income Support Scheme To support you in helping your clients, here … Continue reading COVID-19 support – latest information

Apply early for British passport

The government have urged people not to delay applying for a British passport and to allow more time to be processed. While it is still illegal to holiday overseas and the “Stay in the UK” regulation remains in place, by applying for a passport now, people can make sure nothing stands in their way when … Continue reading Apply early for British passport

Further easing of Covid restrictions from 12th April 2021

Outdoor pubs, shops, gyms and hairdressers to reopen. From Monday 12th April 2021 additional premises will be able to reopen – with the rules on social contact applying. Indoor settings must only be visited alone or with household groups, with outdoor settings limited to either six people or two households. This includes non-essential retail; personal … Continue reading Further easing of Covid restrictions from 12th April 2021

Twice weekly rapid testing to be available to everyone in England

Everyone in England is able to access rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing from 9th April 2021. Everyone in England, including those without symptoms, will be able to take a free rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) test twice a weekAlongside vaccine rollout, regular testing is at the heart of plans to reopen society and the economy, helping to suppress … Continue reading Twice weekly rapid testing to be available to everyone in England

1 in 3 key workers paid under £10 per hour

Around one in three key (33%) workers earn less than £10 an hour according to analysis by the TUC. Analysis published alongside the new minimum and living wage rates Union body calls on ministers to raise minimum wage to £10 an hour The analysis reveals that around 3.2 million key workers are paid less than … Continue reading 1 in 3 key workers paid under £10 per hour

Hundreds of free qualifications on offer to boost skills and jobs

Launch of free qualifications marks a major milestone in government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee An estimated 11 million adults now have the opportunity to gain a new qualification for free, designed to help them to gain in-demand skills and secure great jobs. Almost 400 qualifications are available to take backed by £95 million in government funding … Continue reading Hundreds of free qualifications on offer to boost skills and jobs

Low Pay Commission – Consultation on April 2022 National Minimum Wage rates

The Low Pay Commission (LPC) is the independent body which advises Government on the levels of the National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW). To help shape the recommendations they will make this autumn on the 2022 minimum wage rates, they are seeking evidence on the impact of the NLW and NMW. All … Continue reading Low Pay Commission – Consultation on April 2022 National Minimum Wage rates

Millions get pay rise as National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage increase comes into effect

Around 2 million of the UK’s lowest-paid workers will benefit from an increase in National Living Wage and National Minimum WageNational Living Wage will rise 2.2% to £8.91, and be given to 23 and 24-year-olds for the first timeBusiness Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng urges workers to check their pay packet to ensure they get what they … Continue reading Millions get pay rise as National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage increase comes into effect

Universal Credit claimants TaP into employment

Millions of jobseekers will be able to access longer work-related training while in receipt of benefits to boost their chances of finding employment. Train and Progress (TaP) is a new DWP initiative aimed at increasing training opportunities for claimants. It will see an extension to the length of time people can receive Universal Credit while … Continue reading Universal Credit claimants TaP into employment

Working safely guidance has been updated to include changes to national restrictions.

Changes include: The visitor economy and Hotels and other guest accommodation guidance has been updated to include information on reasonable adjustments, changes to NHS Test and Trace regulations.Providers of grassroots sport and sport facilities guidance has been updated to include information on reasonable adjustments, changes to NHS Test and Trace regulations, as well as a new shorter format focussing on … Continue reading Working safely guidance has been updated to include changes to national restrictions.

1st April – National Living Wage extended to younger workers

The age threshold for the National Living Wage changes from 25 to 23 as the rate increases on 1st April. The National Living Wage (NLW) will increase on Thursday 1st April 2021 to £8.91, giving a real-terms pay rise to millions of workers. At the same time, the age threshold for the rate will move … Continue reading 1st April – National Living Wage extended to younger workers

England Covid restrictions change 29th March 2021

Some of the rules changed on 29th March 2021. However, many restrictions remain in place. You must not socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with or have formed a support bubble with. You should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the number of journeys you make where possible. You … Continue reading England Covid restrictions change 29th March 2021

13,500 Work Coaches to boost Jobs

13,500 Work Coaches are in post to help people across the country find their next role, start a new career or re-train in growing industries, the Work and Pensions Secretary has announced. Government meets its recruitment pledge - putting in place the country’s biggest ever Jobs Army.In one of the fastest ever Government recruitment rounds … Continue reading 13,500 Work Coaches to boost Jobs

Extended opening hours to continue when non-essential retail returns

Longer opening hours in England will help people return to the high streets safely when non-essential shops re-open from 12th April 2021. Temporary measures to make socially distanced shopping easier to continueLonger opening hours for retail to give shoppers more flexibility and ease transport pressuresFlexible working hours for construction also to continue, helping industry continue … Continue reading Extended opening hours to continue when non-essential retail returns

Workplace testing programme expands to offer free rapid home testing

In the next major push for the Government’s workplace testing programme, all employers will now be able to offer their employees free, rapid and regular testing that can be taken at home Government makes rapid home testing available for all businesses with over 10 employees who cannot offer on-site testingBusinesses must register interest by 12th … Continue reading Workplace testing programme expands to offer free rapid home testing

IR35/Off-Payroll Working – Umbrellas and Agencies

This article is based on HMRC information ESM2390. What is an ‘umbrella company‘? There is no statutory definition of an ‘umbrella company’. It is generally accepted that an umbrella company is a company that employs temporary workers who work for different end clients’. Typically they enter into a contract with a recruitment agency who will … Continue reading IR35/Off-Payroll Working – Umbrellas and Agencies

Job Retention Scheme guidance updates 25th March 2021

HMRC have published further updates to the Job Retention Scheme guidance: Page titleChangesAll PagesFor periods from 1 November 2020 to 30 April 2021, your employer can claim for you if you were employed on or before 30 October 2020, as long as they have made a PAYE Real Time Information (RTI) submission to HMRC between 20 March 2020 and 30 October 2020.Check if … Continue reading Job Retention Scheme guidance updates 25th March 2021

Employee payment records required to be retained for Six Years for National Minimum Wage purposes

Employers are to be required to keep records relevant to National Minimum Wage for 6 years as part of the The National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2021. Regulation 2(5) extends the period for which an employer must keep records sufficient to establish that the employer is remunerating the worker at a rate at least equal … Continue reading Employee payment records required to be retained for Six Years for National Minimum Wage purposes

Online Annual tax summaries

The online Annual Tax Summary shows ‎how much tax and National Insurance contributions someone has paid and how Government spends it. Individuals can find the summary by signing into their personal tax account using the Government Gateway User ID and Password that y used to enrol for Self Assessment online, selecting Self Assessment and then … Continue reading Online Annual tax summaries

Set up Self Assessment payment plans by 1st April 2021

Self Assessment taxpayers have until 1st April 2021 to pay any outstanding tax liabilities in full or set up an online payment plan to avoid a 5% late payment penalty. Self Assessment taxpayers have just over a week to pay any outstanding tax liabilities in full or set up an online payment plan for the … Continue reading Set up Self Assessment payment plans by 1st April 2021

Legal footing for national unlocking set out ahead of vote

The government has set out regulations that will pave the way to the easing of all restrictions from 21st June 2021. New ‘roadmap regulations’ set out before the next phase of easements take place on 29th March 2021One-year review of Coronavirus Act proposes measures to expire or suspend. Measures to continue are essential and proportionate … Continue reading Legal footing for national unlocking set out ahead of vote

Sleep in shifts not subject to National Minimum Wage

The Supreme Court judgement has ruled that sleep in shifts are not subject the payment of National Minimum Wage. The issue under judgement Whether home workers who are required to remain at home in their shift and/or residential care workers who ‘sleep in’ are entitled to the national minimum wage for time that is not … Continue reading Sleep in shifts not subject to National Minimum Wage

CMA requires Countryside and Taylor Wimpey to remove leasehold terms

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is requiring Countryside and Taylor Wimpey to remove certain contract terms that mean leaseholders have to pay ground rents that double every 10 or 15 years. In September 2020, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) launched enforcement action against 4 housing developers. These included Countryside Properties and Taylor Wimpey, … Continue reading CMA requires Countryside and Taylor Wimpey to remove leasehold terms

Shielding advice for the clinically extremely vulnerable to stop from 1st April 2021

More than 3.79 million clinically extremely vulnerable people in England will be informed they are no longer advised to shield from Thursday 1 April 2021. Advice to the clinically extremely vulnerable to shield ceases from Thursday 1 April, as virus infection rates continue to fallPeople on shielded patient list will receive letters from today with … Continue reading Shielding advice for the clinically extremely vulnerable to stop from 1st April 2021

HMCTS telephone numbers used by tax scammers

Scammers using HM Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) telephone numbers to demand tax payments. An increasing number of concerned individuals are contacting offices across HMCTS following emails or phone calls by scammers. Scammers mimic legitimate phone numbers (spoofing) and may allege debts owed to HMRC and that a warrant for arrest has been issued. Scammers … Continue reading HMCTS telephone numbers used by tax scammers

TUC calls on ministers to lift the burdens on working mums this Mothers’ Day

The TUC is asking ministers to do more to lift the burdens facing working mums this Mothers’ Day today (Sunday 14th March) by introducing five key new measures. While the reopening of school has eased some of the burden mums face, there are ongoing pressures about getting enough childcare to cover hours at work, says the TUC.  Wraparound care such … Continue reading TUC calls on ministers to lift the burdens on working mums this Mothers’ Day

48,000 businesses already registered to offer workplace testing

Workplace testing programme ramps up as 48,000 businesses register for free, regular and rapid tests for their employees. Regular, rapid testing will be a crucial tool to prevent outbreaks in the workplace as we cautiously ease restrictions, keeping employees safe and businesses openA major expansion of the free programme now means all businesses can access … Continue reading 48,000 businesses already registered to offer workplace testing

Ban on commercial evictions extended to 30th June and bailiff enforced eviction ban extended to 31st May to protect residential tenants.

Ban on commercial evictions extended to 30 June to ensure businesses are supported as they re-openSix-month notice periods and bailiff enforced eviction ban extended to 31 May to protect residential tenantsFollows unprecedented package of support for businesses and renters during pandemic Business owners – many of whom have had to cease trading entirely during lockdown … Continue reading Ban on commercial evictions extended to 30th June and bailiff enforced eviction ban extended to 31st May to protect residential tenants.

Most people believe inequality has increased due to the pandemic

A new poll by the Social Mobility Commission reveals a growing gulf between social classes and a mental health crisis that needs to be addressed. Nearly six in ten people believe the pandemic has increased the gulf between social classes, according to a new poll from the Social Mobility Commission. The Social Mobility Barometer, 2021, … Continue reading Most people believe inequality has increased due to the pandemic

Free rapid tests for all businesses for regular workplace testing

All businesses in England are now able to sign up to the government’s free COVID-19 workplace testing programme. Workplace testing now available to all businesses, including those with fewer than 50 employeesBusiness encouraged to register interest by 31 March to access free workplace testingRegular testing will be a vital part of the government’s roadmap to … Continue reading Free rapid tests for all businesses for regular workplace testing

Minister calls for flexible working to be normalised

Liz Truss calls for flexible working to be normalised – giving employees the option to things like part-time/flexi time, working from home and job shares.New research from the UK Government and jobs website ‘Indeed’ reveals offering flexible working arrangements increases job applications by 30%A national shift to flexible working would boost productivity and particularly help … Continue reading Minister calls for flexible working to be normalised

Chancellor Statement – Budget press conference

Delivered by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak on 3 March. Good afternoon. Earlier today I presented the Budget to the House of Commons. And I’m speaking to you now, directly, to explain what this Budget means for our economy and for you at home. I want to be honest with you about the problems we face … Continue reading Chancellor Statement – Budget press conference

UK Government support announced for businesses

Dear @PAYadvice, Today, as part of the Budget, the UK Government has announced further support for employers and the self-employed. Extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention SchemeSelf-Employment Income Support Scheme – future grants confirmedVAT deferralWhere can I get further support?Protect yourself from scams Extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme … Continue reading UK Government support announced for businesses

Job Retention Scheme guidance updates 3rd March 2022

Following the announcement made at the UK Westminster Budget 2021 on the extension to the Furlough Scheme, the following guidance updates have been published: Page titleChangesChanges to the Coronavirus Job Retention SchemeNew guidance page on the day with future taper information to September for employers   Check if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention SchemeUpdated … Continue reading Job Retention Scheme guidance updates 3rd March 2022

Budget 2021 – Furlough extended until September 2021

To protect the jobs and livelihoods of the British people through the remaining phase of this crisis, the furlough scheme will be extended until the end of September. Employer share Employers will contribute: Currently = 0%From 1st July 2021 = 10%From 1st August 2021 = 20% Qualifying employees The Scheme is extended to employees who … Continue reading Budget 2021 – Furlough extended until September 2021

Payroll Question Time: The Budget 2021 – Friday 5th March | 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Join the Payroll and HR community at the SD Worx monthly, online interactive discussion. With one of the most eagerly anticipated Budgets set to be published on 3rd March 2021, our regular expert panel will be discussing the choices and changes set out by Chancellor Rishi Sunak. We’ll be interpreting how they impact businesses in … Continue reading Payroll Question Time: The Budget 2021 – Friday 5th March | 2:00pm – 3:30pm

HMRC Talking Points

Dear @PAYadvice, HMRC's regular Talking Points provide information, guidance and tips to help you to understand tax issues.  We have more Talking Points webinars coming up. There are a limited number of spaces, so save your place now. Penalties for enablers of defeated tax avoidance: This webinar gives an overview of the penalties for enablers of … Continue reading HMRC Talking Points

All households with children of school age to get 2 rapid COVID-19 tests per person per week

Whole families and households with primary school, secondary school and college age children, including childcare and support bubbles, will be able to test themselves twice every week from home as schools return from 8th March 2021. Tests can be ordered and collected from local sites, or administered through workplace testing programmes. Getting a rapid test … Continue reading All households with children of school age to get 2 rapid COVID-19 tests per person per week

2021/2022 New Starter Checklists available

GOV.UK have published the new adjusted HMRC ‘New Starter Checklist’. Some years ago these were referenced as P46. These have been adjusted to combine the student loan and postgraduate loans information requests into two questions 9 and 10, and incorporate the new Scottish Student Loan Plan 4 which commences collection from pay from 6th April … Continue reading 2021/2022 New Starter Checklists available

File tax returns now to prevent penalties

Self Assessment taxpayers have less than one week to submit their late tax returns to prevent a £100 penalty. While 10.7 million taxpayers filed their return by 31st January 2021, more than 1.5 million taxpayers missed this deadline and are still to file their tax return. They are accruing interest on unpaid tax liabilities but … Continue reading File tax returns now to prevent penalties

Roadmap out of lockdown!

The government has published the ‘COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021’, setting out the roadmap out of the current lockdown for England. The Prime Minister, Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, announced to Parliament on Monday 22nd February, the government’s roadmap to cautiously ease lockdown restrictions in England. It published a four-step roadmap to ease restrictions across … Continue reading Roadmap out of lockdown!

Gender Pay Gap Reporting deadline extended

Six month suspension to the enforcement of gender pay gap regulations. Due to the impact of Coronavirus (COVID‑19), the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) have announced that employers now have until 5th October 2021 to report their gender pay gap information for the 20/21 reporting year (which uses a snapshot date of 31st March … Continue reading Gender Pay Gap Reporting deadline extended

Government consultations on non-compete clauses & exclusivity clauses

BEIS have sent reminder that this is final week to respond to the Government consultations on options for reform to non-compete clauses & exclusivity clauses in contracts of employment. Both consultations close this Friday, 26th February. Background: The proposed reforms form part of the government’s plans to build back better, ensuring the UK’s recovery from … Continue reading Government consultations on non-compete clauses & exclusivity clauses

More help for Self Assessment taxpayers

HM Revenue and Customs announces Self Assessment taxpayers will not be charged the 5% late payment penalty if pay their tax or set up a payment plan by 1st April 2021. Self Assessment taxpayers will not be charged the 5% late payment penalty as long as they pay the tax due or set up a … Continue reading More help for Self Assessment taxpayers

Shielding and work

The government are extending shielding guidance until the end of March 2021. So some workers and employees will receive a letter instructing them to shield. It also provides guidance and instruction In relation to work; Work You are strongly advised to work from home because the risk of exposure to the virus in your area … Continue reading Shielding and work

Support Payment for those instructed to self-isolate

Those who have been told to self-isolate because of coronavirus (COVID-19) and cannot work from home may be able to get a financial support. England The payment is £500. The claimant must be employed or self-employed and needs to claim within 28 days of the first day of self-isolation. They can only apply for the … Continue reading Support Payment for those instructed to self-isolate

Isle of Man Budget 2021

No payroll surprises (yet) for the payroll changes from the Isle of Man Budget 2021 held Tuesday 16th February 2022. Income tax remains unchanged In the Isle of Man budget 2021 information, it is stated that the LEL (marked with * below) ‘that these figures will not be announced until after the UK Budget and … Continue reading Isle of Man Budget 2021

Support extended for renters during pandemic

Renters will continue to be supported during the ongoing national lockdown restrictions, with an extension to the ban on bailiff evictions. Renters protected with ban on bailiff enforced evictions extended until 31st March 2021Exemptions in place for the most serious casesPart of a wider package of support for renters during the pandemic Renters will continue … Continue reading Support extended for renters during pandemic

Support for small businesses, landlords and leaseholders: government charges up the electric vehicle revolution with £50 million boost

Government announces financial boost to encourage electric vehicle use and launches consultation on improving the charging experience. electric vehicle charging schemes to be opened to small business, leaseholders and those in rented accommodation to accelerate electric vehicle (EV) uptakeworth up to £50 million, the updated schemes will also boost rural areas and the charity sector, … Continue reading Support for small businesses, landlords and leaseholders: government charges up the electric vehicle revolution with £50 million boost

Tax scammers are mimicking official numbers!

Scammers are using Royal Courts of Justice telephone numbers to demand tax payments. An increasing number of concerned individuals are contacting offices across the Royal Courts of Justice following emails or phone calls by scammers. The scammers allege that payment is owed to HMRC and that warrants for arrest have been issued. Scammers tell individuals … Continue reading Tax scammers are mimicking official numbers!

Give your loved one a tax break this Valentine’s Day

Married couples and people in civil partnerships could be eligible for Marriage Allowance and reduce their tax by up to £250 each year. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is encouraging married couples and people in civil partnerships to sign up for a tax break this year. Marriage Allowance offers individuals the chance to transfer part … Continue reading Give your loved one a tax break this Valentine’s Day

Boost to rapid workplace testing

New government drive to increase workplace testing in sectors open during lockdown, to detect coronavirus (COVID-19) in people who are not showing symptoms. New government drive to increase workplace testing in sectors open during lockdown, to detect coronavirus (COVID-19) in people who are not showing symptomsGovernment departments tasked with ensuring targeted, rapid testing is set … Continue reading Boost to rapid workplace testing

Action required – submit your January claims for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Dear @PAYadvice, I’m writing to remind you of an upcoming deadline for Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) claims, and to answer some questions you or your clients may have. Also included is information on checking claims you made for variable paid employees – those not on fixed salaries – and more on HMRC publishing details … Continue reading Action required – submit your January claims for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Salary Sacrifice and furlough reference salary

HMRC have added further clarification to the furlough guidance in relation to salary sacrifice arrangements and the calculation of the reference salary for the Job Retention Scheme. They clarify that: You cannot include the following when calculating wages: payments made at the discretion of the employer or a client - where the employer or client … Continue reading Salary Sacrifice and furlough reference salary

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance updates 4th February 2021

HMRC have applied further updates (4th February 2021) to the guidance for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Page titleChangesCheck if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Employee Page)To update the contact HMRC paragraph and include there is no right of appealCheck if you can claim for your employee's wages through the Coronavirus … Continue reading Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance updates 4th February 2021

SL1 student loan start notices – Plan 4 Scottish student loans – being issued from 5th March 2021

Are you ready to receive and apply the new SL1 notices requesting student loan deductions commence. 2021 sees the first issuing of SL1 notices for the new Scottish Plan 4 student loans deductions. The HMRC software developers support team (SDST) have indicated the following processing timetable of the revised SL1 notices which are applicable from … Continue reading SL1 student loan start notices – Plan 4 Scottish student loans – being issued from 5th March 2021

Digital job surgeries launched to help 160,000 Brits get back into work

More than 150,000 jobseekers across Great Britain will benefit from new employment support, helping them build their interview skills, find local vacancies and quickly get back into work. New Job Finding Support service launched to benefit 160,000 people over the next yearSupport ranges from job searches and interview practice to advice on how to switch … Continue reading Digital job surgeries launched to help 160,000 Brits get back into work