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

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

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

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

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

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

Drivers miss out by not renewing licences online

New figures released by DVLA show that drivers missed out on £2.3 million of savings by not renewing their photocard driving licence online. The agency has revealed that between April 2020 and March 2021, around 23% of the 2 million renewal applications received were sent by post or via the post office. This is despite … Continue reading Drivers miss out by not renewing licences online

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

ID cards phased out as acceptable travel documents into U.K.

From Friday 1st October 2021, most EU, EEA and Swiss citizens will need a valid passport to enter the UK as the government stops accepting national identity (ID) cards as a travel document. ID cards are considered some of the most abused documents seen by Border Force officers and, last year, almost half of all … Continue reading ID cards phased out as acceptable travel documents into U.K.

COVID-19 restrictions cut household emissions

With more people staying at home, household greenhouse gas emissions dropped by 10%. Could the shift to home working see lower emissions in the longer term? A new article from the Office for National Statistics explores whether the shift to home working could lead to lower emissions in the longer term. A sharp reduction in … Continue reading COVID-19 restrictions cut household emissions

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

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

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

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

Employer Bulletin – UK transition edition

Dear @PAYadvice, Following the UK’s exit from Europe on 31 December 2020, we have published a UK Transition edition of the Employer Bulletin. This contains a roundup of information and support previously published to continue supporting you. In this edition, you can find out about the new rules for: trading with Europebusiness travellerssocial security coordination. … Continue reading Employer Bulletin – UK transition edition

Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) launched

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

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

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

5th November restrictions for England commence

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

New national restrictions start 5th November 2020

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

Admin fees removed for COVID disrupted rail travel on Advance tickets

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

BREXIT – time is running out to prepare

The government urges business leaders to step up preparations for Australia-style arrangements from 1 January and launches 'time is running out' campaign. Business leaders are urged not to get caught out by new rules at the end of the transition period by the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (CDL) Michael Gove … Continue reading BREXIT – time is running out to prepare

Expired driving licences automatically extended by 11 months

Photocard licences that expire between 1st February and 31st December 2020 have been extended for 11 months. Under these changes, drivers whose photocard driving licence or entitlement to drive runs out between 1st February 2020 and 31st December 2020 have their entitlement automatically extended from the expiry date, for a period of 11 months. Drivers … Continue reading Expired driving licences automatically extended by 11 months

Income Tax changes – Van benefit charge from 6 April 2021

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

New standards to improve safety for taxi and private hire vehicle passengers

Passengers travelling in taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs), including app-based services, will be kept safer under tough new licensing standards introduced by the government, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced today (21 July 2020). The new Statutory Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Standards are designed to improve consistency in the licensing, reducing the risk of … Continue reading New standards to improve safety for taxi and private hire vehicle passengers