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

New ‘fraud squad’ to crack down on criminals who steal taxpayer money

HM Treasury (by PSP) The Chancellor has announced that a new fraud squad, recruited from data analytics experts and leading economic crime investigators, will crack down on criminal gangs who rip off the taxpayer.Operational in July and based in the Cabinet Office, the new £25 million “Public Sector Fraud Authority” will double funding for the … Continue reading New ‘fraud squad’ to crack down on criminals who steal taxpayer money

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

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

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

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

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

COVID tax easement for those affected by travel restrictions ending

In 2020 HMRC introduced guidance indicating that non-UK resident employees stranded in the UK because of coronavirus travel restrictions would not be taxed on earnings for duties performed in the UK after their planned departure date, provided they were taxed in their home nation. EIM77045 - Appendix 5: COVID-19 considerations for non-residents and non-domiciled employees … Continue reading COVID tax easement for those affected by travel restrictions ending

Don’t forget to declare coronavirus support payments on Company Tax Returns

Dear PAYadvice.UK, We want to make sure you have the latest information to help your clients to complete their Company Tax Return (CT600) accurately. How to include coronavirus support payments in your accounts and company tax return  Coronavirus grants and payments issued by HMRC to support businesses and self-employed individuals during the pandemic are taxable.  … Continue reading Don’t forget to declare coronavirus support payments on Company Tax Returns

Closure of COVID Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)

COVID related sick leave HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have confirmed that the special arrangements for COVID related absence ends at midnight on 24th March 2022. Under the emergency COVID measures, employees who had a Period of Incapacity for Work (PIW) of 4 or more calendar days whose average weekly earnings were £120 or more … Continue reading Closure of COVID Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)

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

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

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

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

Statutory Sick Pay Rebate (SSPR) service opens

HM Revenue and Customs have written to employers and agents to let them know that the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate (SSPR) service is now open from Wednesday 19th January 2022. Employers could be eligible for support if they employed fewer than 250 employees on 30th November 2021, and they’ve paid Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) to … Continue reading Statutory Sick Pay Rebate (SSPR) service opens

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

HMRC responds to claims

HMRC, 100 Parliament Street Responses to myths, misconceptions and inaccurate stories or claims about HMRC. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) sometimes faces criticism or negative commentary in relation to its enforcement activity. As a consequence the government department has issued some response providing clarification and challenging some myths that may circulate. HMRC does not do … Continue reading HMRC responds to claims

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

Health and Care Visa scheme expanded

Care workers, care assistants and home care workers to become eligible for Health and Care Visa for 12 month period Care staff to be added to the Shortage Occupation List in response to pandemic pressuresVisa Boost complements £462.5m investment in Workforce Recruitment and Retention Fund Thousands of additional care workers can be recruited to boost … Continue reading Health and Care Visa scheme expanded

£1 billion support for businesses impacted by Omicron

Businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors in England will be eligible for one-off grants of up to £6,000 per premises, plus more than £100 million discretionary funding will be made available for local authorities to support other businessesGovernment will also cover the cost of Statutory Sick Pay for Covid-related absences for small and medium-sized … Continue reading £1 billion support for businesses impacted by Omicron

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

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

Precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 Omicron variant

Face coverings From 4am Tuesday 30th November 2021 face coverings are compulsory in shops and other settings such as banks, post offices and hairdressers, as well as on public transport unless individuals are exempt. All international arrivals Travellers arriving into the country from 4am on Tuesday 30th November 2021 are required to take a PCR … Continue reading Precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 Omicron variant

COVID-19 vaccination a condition of deployment for frontline health and social care workers

Health and social care workers, including volunteers who have face to face contact with service users, will need to provide evidence they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to be deployed, under new measures announced Measure aims to ensure patients and staff are protected against infectionDeadline for care home workers to be double … Continue reading COVID-19 vaccination a condition of deployment for frontline health and social care workers

Furlough numbers for September at record low

The number of people on furlough fell to a record low during its September 2021 last month of operation. Figures show 210,000 employees came off the scheme in September – and around half of the 1.1 million people supported were on flexible furlough working some of their usual hours. Insolvency Service data also showed redundancy … Continue reading Furlough numbers for September at record low

Powers to make temporary modifications to employment taxation

According to HM Treasury, COVID-19 has highlighted the limited scope to make changes to the current benefits in kind and expenses tax system to respond quickly to the pandemic. The government has had to introduce primary and secondary legislation with temporary effect to respond to the pandemic, to exempt a number of benefits in kind, … Continue reading Powers to make temporary modifications to employment taxation

Nine in 10 disabled workers want to continue working from home after pandemic

Nine in 10 disabled workers surveyed (90 per cent) who worked from home during the pandemic want to continue doing so at least some of the time, according to a TUC poll. An overwhelming majority of disabled workers who worked from home during the pandemic told the TUC that they want to continue doing so … Continue reading Nine in 10 disabled workers want to continue working from home after pandemic

Final claims for the Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) Rebate Scheme

The SSP Rebate Scheme closed on 30‌‌th September 2021 and employers have until 31‌‌st December 2021 to submit any final claims, or to amend claims already submitted.  As a reminder, if an employer with fewer than 250 employees and paid SSP to employees for sickness absence or self-isolation that was coronavirus-related on or before 30th‌‌ ‌September 2021, the employer was … Continue reading Final claims for the Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) Rebate Scheme

Action – final Job Retention Scheme claims

HMRC are contacting employers with the latest information about the closure of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme The CJRS closed on 30th ‌‌September 2021 and the final deadline for claims was 14‌‌th October 2021. What you need to do now: if claims for September need to be amended, this … Continue reading Action – final Job Retention Scheme claims

Improperly obtained bounce-back loan

The traffic commissioner for the West Midlands, Nick Denton, recently held a public inquiry into Mafuwer Logistics Ltd. The company was granted a standard international licence for three vehicles in December 2020. The traffic commissioner found that almost all of the company’s financial resources had been provided by a £50,000 bounceback loan (BBL) in May … Continue reading Improperly obtained bounce-back loan

Those pregnant urged to be vaccinated

Data is showing that 17% of the most critically ill COVID-19 patients are pregnant women who have not been vaccinated. Professor Christ Whitty states: ‘COVID-19 is dangerous for pregnant women and their babies. The medical advice is clear: it is much safer to be vaccinated against COVID than get COVID if you are pregnant or … Continue reading Those pregnant urged to be vaccinated

Quarter of million left furlough in August and redundancies hit seven-year low

260,000 workers left the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) in August.The number of workers on the scheme fell to a low of 1.3 million, an 85% reduction since its peak in May 2020.Redundancy statistics show that notifications for redundancies in the same month were 12,687, the lowest level in seven years. The furlough scheme was … Continue reading Quarter of million left furlough in August and redundancies hit seven-year low

Furlough – the Ending credits of an epic

In early 2020, the world was introduced to the ‘furlough’ word as UK PLC closed down with 80% wages covered by grants provided through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. The scheme, a temporary measure to combat the COVID-19 impacts on UK society, has aided over 11 million individual employments, avoiding mass redundancies. The CJRS scheme … Continue reading Furlough – the Ending credits of an epic

Simplified travel system takes off

new simplified travel system with a single red list and the rest of the world comes into force from 4th October 2021at 4amfully vaccinated travellers from over 50 countries and territories have simpler, cheaper rules, with just a single post arrival test neededchanges come as UK welcomes fully vaccinated residents of over 50 countries and … Continue reading Simplified travel system takes off

£500 million Plan for Jobs Expansion

Hundreds of thousands of people to be supported as part of the more than £500 million expansion of the government's Plan for Jobs. Workers leaving the furlough scheme and unemployed people over the age of 50 will be helped back into work as part of more than £500m expansion of the government’s Plan for Jobs. … Continue reading £500 million Plan for Jobs Expansion

Chancellor praises workers as Plan for Jobs enters next stage

Chancellor hails UK workforce as Government’s Plan for Jobs enters the next stage.As furlough winds down schemes such as the super-deduction, Kickstart scheme and traineeships continue.Rishi Sunak will call on UK firms to take advantage of support during a visit to a Legal and General modular homes factory and housing site in Yorkshire. Latest figures … Continue reading Chancellor praises workers as Plan for Jobs enters next stage

Support for vulnerable households over winter

Vulnerable households will be able to access a new £500m support fund to help them with essentials over the coming months as the country continues its recovery from the pandemic. £500m support available to help those most in needMoney available to councils in October 2021 Vulnerable households across the UK will be able to access … Continue reading Support for vulnerable households over winter

Report your Pay Gap – deadline approaching

Businesses with 250+ employees are required by law to report their gender pay gap. The 5th April 2021 deadline for the report to 5th April 2020 was delayed due to COVID until 5th October 2021 as a legal concession. The snapshot for public sector employers is different. Those employers who have not yet reported their … Continue reading Report your Pay Gap – deadline approaching

More support to help people to become HGV drivers

Up to 4,000 will be trained as HGV drivers to help tackle skills shortages and support more people to launch careers within the logistics sector.Package of measures includes using MOD examiners to help increase immediate HGV testing capacity by thousands over the next 12 weeks.Nearly 1 million letters to be sent to all drivers who … Continue reading More support to help people to become HGV drivers

Reinsurance Scheme opens to help festivals, conferences and live events

The UK Live Events Reinsurance Scheme is to give events the confidence they need to plan through to summer 2022The Scheme supports live events such as concerts and festivals, conferences and business events - that are at risk of being cancelled or delayed due to an inability to obtain Covid-19 cancellation insurance Chancellor Rishi Sunak … Continue reading Reinsurance Scheme opens to help festivals, conferences and live events

£1.3 billion in furlough cash returned

New statistics show that businesses have relayed £1.3 billion in furlough cash, with £300 million returned in the last three months.The repayments are being made as more employees return to work as the economy recovers.The number of people on furlough has fallen to the lowest level since the start of the pandemic, with a further … Continue reading £1.3 billion in furlough cash returned

Shielding programme ends

The government has ended the requirement for shielding guidance for people previously considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable. They will no longer be advised to shield again. The closure of the shielding programme follows a pause to shielding guidance in place since 1st April 2021. This decision is based on there being far more information … Continue reading Shielding programme ends

Temporary medical exemptions for COVID-19 vaccination of people working or deployed in care homes

A letter from the Director of Adult Social Care Delivery to local authorities, directors of adult social services, care home providers, care home managers and agencies outlines a temporary exemption certification process: Temporary medical exemptions for COVID-19 vaccination of people working or deployed in care homes Those working or volunteering in care homes who have … Continue reading Temporary medical exemptions for COVID-19 vaccination of people working or deployed in care homes

Millions of the UK’s most vulnerable are to be offered a COVID-19 booster vaccine

Millions are to be offered a COVID-19 booster vaccine from as the government confirms it has accepted the final advice from the independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). The programme will be rolled out to the same priority groups as previously. This means care home residents, health and social care workers, people aged … Continue reading Millions of the UK’s most vulnerable are to be offered a COVID-19 booster vaccine

Autumn and winter Covid plan

The UK Prime Minister has …set out the government’s plan to manage Covid throughout autumn and winter. Boosters, testing and refreshed public health advice will help keep the virus under control in the coming monthsPlan B prepared to protect NHS if necessaryPM continues to warn the pandemic is not over and public need to remain … Continue reading Autumn and winter Covid plan

Plan for Jobs

HM Treasury have published A progress update setting out how the Plan for Jobs has supported millions of people, and will continue to support people into work and develop their skills. Plan for JOBS - Progress Update The OBR forecast an unemployment peak of just 6.5% rather than the previously expected 12%, meaning 2 million … Continue reading Plan for Jobs

Mental health in the workplace

Small Business Minister Paul Scully has written an open letter to businesses about the resources available to help promote positive mental health in the workplace. Dear colleague, COVID-19 has affected all our lives and our livelihoods in profound ways over the last year. The nation has come together to keep ourselves and our loved ones … Continue reading Mental health in the workplace

Treasury Direction – HMRC to make payments under the Coronavirus support scheme: working households receiving tax credits (Extension).

The purpose of this treasury direction extension is to provide a support payment of £500 to persons entitled to working tax credit for a period which included 2nd March 2021, but who did not qualify to receive the original support payment under the initial direction. Further Treasury Direction made under Section 76 of the Coronavirus … Continue reading Treasury Direction – HMRC to make payments under the Coronavirus support scheme: working households receiving tax credits (Extension).

Numbers on furlough fall to lowest level

The number of people on furlough has fallen to the lowest level since the start of the pandemic as the UK economy continues to rebound and businesses reopen, according to new statistics. around 340,000 people have moved off furlough across the UK over the course of July, according to the latest dataa total of 1.6 … Continue reading Numbers on furlough fall to lowest level

Consultation on mandatory vaccination for frontline health and care staff

Consultation launched on making vaccination a condition of deployment for frontline workers in health and care settingsStaff may be required to have coronavirus (COVID-19) and flu vaccines to protect patients from infection, serious illness or death92% of NHS staff have had their first dose and 88% both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, and ministers urge … Continue reading Consultation on mandatory vaccination for frontline health and care staff

End of temporary insolvency measures

Temporary insolvency restrictions protections are being lifted and new targeted measures to support small business and commercial tenants introduced. Temporary measures brought in to support businesses from insolvency during the pandemic will be phased out from 1st October 2021. Companies in financial distress as a result of the pandemic have been protected from creditor action … Continue reading End of temporary insolvency measures

COVID-19 SSP rebate scheme ending

The SSP rebate scheme for employers with less than 250 employees ends on 30th September 2021. Under The Statutory Sick Pay (Coronavirus) (Funding of Employers’ Liabilities) Regulations 2020 and the Statutory Sick Pay (Coronavirus) (Funding of Employers’ Liabilities) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2020 certain small and medium size employers could reclaim COVID related Statutory Sick Pay … Continue reading COVID-19 SSP rebate scheme ending

Submit August claims, prepare for closure of the Job Retention Scheme and the latest on SEISS

Dear PAYadvice.UK , I’m writing to you with the latest information about the support schemes available to help your clients, as part of the UK Government’s Plan for Jobs. This includes a reminder of the 14‌‌th September 2021 deadline for submitting your clients’ August Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) claims, information to help you and your … Continue reading Submit August claims, prepare for closure of the Job Retention Scheme and the latest on SEISS

Actions for you and your clients – preparing for closure of the Job Retention Scheme and the latest on SEISS

Dear PAYadvice.UK I’m writing to you with the latest information about the support schemes available to help your clients, as part of the UK Government’s Plan for Jobs. This includes the latest on the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) and a reminder of the ‌14th September 2021 deadline for submitting your clients’ August Coronavirus Job Retention … Continue reading Actions for you and your clients – preparing for closure of the Job Retention Scheme and the latest on SEISS

Events industry boost with Government-backed insurance scheme

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

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

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

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

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

Job Retention Scheme 15th July updates

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

6,150 investigations of furlough fraud underway

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

Government launches campaign encouraging families to Rediscover Summer

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

Job Retention Scheme July update

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

Self-isolation to be eased – Step 4

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

Covid loans data reveals £80 billion support

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

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

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

Job Retention Scheme numbers continue to shrink

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

Guernsey delay introduction of new Secondary Pension to 2023

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

Almost 800,000 tax relief claims for working from home

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

Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme from July 2021

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

Job Retention Scheme guidance updated 24th June 2021

HMRC have updated the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance on the afternoon of 24th June 2021 for the: withdrawal of the .ods and .xls bulk claim templates, andamalgamation of the bulk claim process for 16+ employees (rather than having a separate process for 16-99 employees and 100+ employees) Page titleChangesClaim for wages through the Coronavirus … Continue reading Job Retention Scheme guidance updated 24th June 2021

Returning to work – Flexible season tickets

New national rail flexible season tickets and online season ticket calculator launch. #TheFutureIsFlexible as 2 and 3 day-a-week passengers given control over their commute, with potential savings of hundreds of pounds against daily and season ticketsonline ‘season ticket calculator’ will help passengers find the cheapest option as flexible season tickets go on sale from 21st … Continue reading Returning to work – Flexible season tickets

Earnings and employment from Pay As You Earn Real Time Information, UK: June 2021

The ONS analyses of HMRC RTI data shows a recovery in both employment and wages; Early estimates for May 2021 indicate that the number of payrolled employees rose by 0.5% compared with May 2020, which is a rise of 141,000 employees; the number of payrolled employees is down by 1.9% since February 2020, a fall … Continue reading Earnings and employment from Pay As You Earn Real Time Information, UK: June 2021

COVID-19 support – what’s available and actions you may need to take

Dear Payadvice.UK , I’m writing to you with the latest information about the financial support schemes available to help your clients, as part of the UK Government’s Plan for Jobs. This includes: the 21‌‌ ‌June deadline for joining the online VAT deferral new payment schemethe Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)a reminder of the 14‌‌ … Continue reading COVID-19 support – what’s available and actions you may need to take

Care homes workers to be fully vaccinated to protect residents

People working in CQC-registered care homes will need to be fully COVID-19 vaccinated with both doses. Decision follows a public consultation with staff, providers, residents and familiesFurther consultation will be launched on whether to extend to other health and social care settings Care home residents will be better protected from death and serious illness, following … Continue reading Care homes workers to be fully vaccinated to protect residents

Final Euros games at Wembley to host larger crowds in extension of Events Research Programme

At least 40,000 fans will be allowed for the final four Euros fixtures at Wembley including the semi-finals and final Wimbledon also to have increasing capacities throughout the Championships, with the Men’s and Women’s Finals on 10th and 11th July being played in front of a full Centre CourtMore sports and cultural events also to … Continue reading Final Euros games at Wembley to host larger crowds in extension of Events Research Programme

Job Retention Scheme guidance updates 10th June 2021

HMRC issued further updates to the Job Retention Scheme guidance last week on the 10th June 2021. Page titleChangesClaim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention SchemeText update:   If you’ve missed the claim deadline and have a reasonable excuse, you should access the service as normal.  You can submit a request from the page … Continue reading Job Retention Scheme guidance updates 10th June 2021

1.3 million employees moving off furlough in March and April

Furlough numbers have fallen to their lowest level this year, according to official statistics published as the number of people relying on the scheme fell to 3.4 million. 1.3 million fewer employees accessed the furlough scheme in March and April 2021 according to new datathe furlough scheme will remain in place until the end of … Continue reading 1.3 million employees moving off furlough in March and April

Let’s get back to business

Dear PAYadvice Are you re-opening your business, or planning to do so shortly? If you're bringing back your employees part time, you can claim furlough flexibly for them under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), part of the UK Government’s Plan for Jobs. Claims for periods in April are now closed, but if you need … Continue reading Let’s get back to business

CJRS guidance updates 27th May 2021

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) guidance has been updated Thursday 27th May 2021 to include: The introduction of a new template, enabling employers to upload information in for 16 to 99 employees in a claim.  The change was not as simple as amending the existing template for 100 or more employees - the existing process … Continue reading CJRS guidance updates 27th May 2021

New template if claiming for 16 to 99 employees through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

HMRC have added 27th May 2021 a new section to guidance called 'If you're putting lots of employees on furlough'. A new link has been added for a download of a template for claiming for 16 to 99 employees. If you’re claiming CJRS for 16 to 99 employees on or after 27th May 2021, employers … Continue reading New template if claiming for 16 to 99 employees through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

JETS job scheme relaunching 100,000 careers

Around 100,000 people who lost jobs in the pandemic are on the road back to work due to a government programme providing targeted support to relaunch their careers. On average, nearly 500 jobseekers have started on the £238 million JETS – Job Entry Targeted Support – scheme over the last seven months. And just under … Continue reading JETS job scheme relaunching 100,000 careers

TUC – employers “massively under-reporting” Covid work-related deaths

The number of people who have died from exposure to Covid at work is being “massively under-reported” by employers, according to a TUC report published today Sunday 23rd May 2021. Employers claim just 2.5% of working-age Covid deaths are from exposure to Coronavirus at work System for reporting workplace deaths and infections is “letting bad bosses off … Continue reading TUC – employers “massively under-reporting” Covid work-related deaths

CJRS guidance updates 20th May 2021, and changes for July, August and September 2021.

Only minor changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) guidance on 22nd May 2021. Page titleChangeAll Pages with a callout boxClaims for furlough days in May 2021 must be made by 14th June 2021.  Submit your CJRS claims for May CJRS claims for periods in May can be submitted now, and ‌‌must be made … Continue reading CJRS guidance updates 20th May 2021, and changes for July, August and September 2021.

Employers: Your business might have changed, but your workplace pension duties haven’t.

The Pensions Regulator is reminding employers that while the workplace has changed due to the pandemic, their workplace pensions duties have not. All employers have a legal duty to automatically enrol eligible staff into a workplace pension and pay in the correct contributions for them. While these are uncertain times for all employers, they must … Continue reading Employers: Your business might have changed, but your workplace pension duties haven’t.

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

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme is open for claims. If you think you might be eligible, check if you can make a claim. Those who qualify must make their claim for the fourth grant on or before 1 June 2021. Remember - agents can’t apply for their self-employed clients. So make the claim yourself to … Continue reading Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

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

Furlough mistakes! 10,000 employers to receive letters

The HMRC’s Taxpayer Protection Taskforce, was set up to ensure that furlough money has been claimed correctly. The Taskforce is now writing to 10,000 more employers who they think may have made a mistakes with furlough claims. The letter will to ask the employer to check their claims. For support and guidance correcting claims see: … Continue reading Furlough mistakes! 10,000 employers to receive letters

Queen’s Speech to build back better from the pandemic

New laws to ensure the UK builds back better and stronger from the pandemic will be unveiled in next week’s Queen’s Speech. Following the global impact of coronavirus the Government’s clams its new legislative programme will be focussed on ‘supporting the nation’s recovery, backing the NHS, levelling up and spreading opportunity’. It is to support … Continue reading Queen’s Speech to build back better from the pandemic

Latest Furlough statistics

Latest statistics from HMRC show furlough continuing to fall as UK PLC returns to work: provisional figures show there has been a decrease in levels of furlough between February and March 2021 with 4.2 million employments on furlough at 31st March 2021since the start of the scheme a cumulative total of 11.5 million jobs have … Continue reading Latest Furlough statistics

West Yorkshire pair arrested on suspicion of £3.4 million furlough fraud

A man and a woman from West Yorkshire have been arrested as part of an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation into a suspected £3.4 million Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) fraud. HMRC’s Taxpayer Protection Taskforce officers executed a search warrant on 28th April 2021 in the Bradford area and arrested a 35-year-old man and … Continue reading West Yorkshire pair arrested on suspicion of £3.4 million furlough fraud