Extra Bank Holiday to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022

Culture Secretary announces plans to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June 2022. Nation will come together over a four-day Bank Holiday weekend to celebrate The Queen’s 70 year reignExtensive programme of public events will mix traditional pageantry with cutting edge technological displays Jubilee medal will be created and awarded to public services workers … Continue reading Extra Bank Holiday to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022

More than 19,000 jobs created by Kickstart Scheme so far

Over 19,000 job placements for unemployed young people have so far been created under the government’s £2 billion Kickstart Scheme - with tens of thousands more expected in the months ahead. 19,672 jobs created for young people so far by landmark Kickstart Schemejobs in tech, film and TV, communications, fitness, and the charity sector among … Continue reading More than 19,000 jobs created by Kickstart Scheme so far

RTI reporting obligations for payments made early at Christmas

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

Extended Job Retention Scheme claim facility now open

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

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

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

Combat Pensions Scam pledge

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

Job Retention Scheme Calculator – ready for Extended November calculations

The Job Retention Scheme Calculator has been readied for the November Furlough calculations. Issued on a Monday 9th November, Employers are able to calculate furlough grant reclaim amounts for employees who were in the original furlough scheme or employed and reported before 20th March 2020, and the new cohort of employees who have since been … Continue reading Job Retention Scheme Calculator – ready for Extended November calculations

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

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

Self Assessment deadline – 31st January 2021

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

Unregistered new born? Claim Child Benefit now!

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

Off-Payroll working rules (IR35) – are you prepared?

Off-Payroll Working Rules (IR35): education and support to help prepare for April 2021 changes Medium or large-sized non-public sector organisations and contractors need to start to prepare for the changes to the off-payroll working rules. These changes were legislated for in the recent Finance Act and will come into effect on 6th April 2021. Changes … Continue reading Off-Payroll working rules (IR35) – are you prepared?

Wales: The Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) extension

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

Extended CJRS Grant claim deadlines – Cause for concern?

Many are welcoming the new Extended Job Retention Scheme. However, is the new 14th of the month following deadline a ‘cause for concern’? Full guidance for the extended CJRS will include further detail on how to claim and will be published on Tuesday 10th November 2020. The current policy paper provides information along the following … Continue reading Extended CJRS Grant claim deadlines – Cause for concern?

Policy paper – Extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

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

Chancellor statement to the house – Furlough extension

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

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

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

Government extends Furlough to March and increases self-employed support

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

Living Hours – first accredited employers

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

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

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

5th November restrictions for England commence

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

Fraud awareness – Mini Umbrella Company (MUC)

Please see message sent on behalf of the HMRC’s Fraud Investigation Service, Threat Response Unit. This article has been written to provide you with material to share with your membership / readership in relation to the Mini Umbrella Company Fraud risk. Every business which either places or uses temporary labour should be aware of the … Continue reading Fraud awareness – Mini Umbrella Company (MUC)

Government extends extra welfare support for self-employed for further six months

Zero Minimum Income Floor for UC regulations signed into law Universal Credit will continue to be calculated based on current earnings as Minimum Income Floor suspension extended. The Minimum Income Floor (MIF) for self-employed Universal Credit claimants will remain suspended until the end of April 2021, extending a vital lifeline for hundreds of thousands of … Continue reading Government extends extra welfare support for self-employed for further six months

Student Loan nearly paid off? Switch to Direct Debit

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

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

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

Government increases support for self-employed across the UK

The government is increasing its support to the self-employed over the coming months and ensuring people get paid faster than previously planned, it was announced Monday 2nd November 2020. government increases support under the third instalment of the UK-wide Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, with people receiving 80% of average trading profits for Novembergrants will also … Continue reading Government increases support for self-employed across the UK

Latest (2nd November) on CJRS extension

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

New national restrictions start 5th November 2020

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

Furlough Scheme Extended and Further Economic Support announced

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

Breaking News – Furlough scheme extended to March 2021

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

ACAS Job Support Scheme agreement templates now available

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

Employment Related Securities and COVID-19 Job Support Scheme

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

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

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

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

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

Self Employment Income Support Grant – claim from 14th December 2020

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Grant Extension provides support in the form of two grants, each for three month periods covering November 2020 to January 2021 and February 2021 to April 2021. The Government will provide a taxable grant covering 40% of average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering 3 months’ … Continue reading Self Employment Income Support Grant – claim from 14th December 2020

Tax credit claimants working reduced hours

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

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

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension of CJRS until the end of March 2021 the JSS introduction is delayed. There are different calculations for working out ‘usual hours’: Fixed hours For those whose pay does not vary usual hours are calculated based upon the greater of: hours contracted … Continue reading Job Support Scheme Open – what are ‘usual hours’?

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

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

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

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

ACAS provide a Job Support Scheme timetable

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

Hire ex-military talent – The career transition partnership

Defence minister Johnny Mercer: “Every year, 14,000 people leave the military - people with incredible skills that can enhance your workplace.” He is encouraging employers to sign up to the Career Transition Partnership to access ex-Armed Forces talent. Career Transition Partnership Opinion The government are encouraging employers to look seriously at the pool of talent … Continue reading Hire ex-military talent – The career transition partnership

Job Support Scheme Open – temporary working agreements

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

Admin fees removed for COVID disrupted rail travel on Advance tickets

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

Job Support Scheme and National Minimum Wage

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

Job Support Scheme Open – financial impact test

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension of CJRS until the end of March 2021 the JSS introduction is delayed. Employers facing decreased demand who can claim JSS Open Employers are eligible to claim the JSS Open if: an employer with 250 or more employees on 23 September 2020 … Continue reading Job Support Scheme Open – financial impact test

Job Support Scheme – which employees?

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

Protections for working parents eligible for childcare support

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

Ready, steady, 100 days till the Self Assessment deadline

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

Further information available on the Job Support Scheme

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension of CJRS until the end of March 2021 the JSS introduction is delayed. Dear @PAYadvice, We’re writing to let you know that we have published further information on the Job Support Scheme – including how you can check if you or your clients are … Continue reading Further information available on the Job Support Scheme

Chancellor increases financial support for the self-employed

Grants for the self-employed doubled to 40% of previous earnings Self-employed grant The Thursday 22nd October 2020 announcement increases the amount of profits covered by the two forthcoming self-employed grants from 20 per cent to 40 per cent, meaning the maximum grant will increase from £1,875 to £3,750. This is a potential further £3.1 billion … Continue reading Chancellor increases financial support for the self-employed

Job Support Scheme changes 22nd October 2020

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension of CJRS until the end of March 2021 the JSS introduction is delayed. Plan for Jobs: Chancellor increases financial support for businesses and workers The government today announced it will significantly increase the generosity and reach of its winter support schemes to … Continue reading Job Support Scheme changes 22nd October 2020

Prove your right to work in the UK

You do not need a National Insurance number to work in the United Kingdom. The government provide an online service which verifies and confirms details of: the types of job you’re allowed to dohow long you can work in the UK for You’ll need one of the following: your biometric residence permit numberyour biometric residence … Continue reading Prove your right to work in the UK

Employee coming to work from abroad – agreement to operate PAYE on earning for UK work – Section 690

In light of #COVID19, HMRC has updated guidance on the operation of Section 690 agreements. Information about operating PAYE on an employee’s earnings for work they do in the UK, and how to amend an agreement already in place due to coronavirus (COVID-19) added. Agreement to operate PAYE on an employee’s earnings for UK work … Continue reading Employee coming to work from abroad – agreement to operate PAYE on earning for UK work – Section 690

Holiday – what is my entitlement?

In the United Kingdom there are legal minimum entitlements to paid holiday. They are enshrined into UK law under the European Working Time Directive and additional UK entitlements. In addition there may be additional contractual entitlements. Workers and employees are entitled to an annual minimum of 5.6 paid weeks UK Employment or worker contracts that … Continue reading Holiday – what is my entitlement?

Simple Pension Statements

Convoluted pension statements are set to be a thing of the past as the Pensions Minister today unveils innovative plans for simple, annual pension statements The move will build on the enormous success of Automatic Enrolment by improving millions of savers’ understanding of their pensions. Boiling it down to the basics, these two-page statements will … Continue reading Simple Pension Statements

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

Off-payroll workers – have you prepared?

With less than 6 months until new law comes into effect, has your business put in place plans to implement changes to the process of: Engagement of contractorsStatus classificationNotification of status to contractors and their intermediariesDispute processsRecord keepingPayroll and finance readinessOrganising appropriate PAYE schemeIdentifying amounts subject to tax and National InsuranceBudgeting for the employers National … Continue reading Off-payroll workers – have you prepared?

Payroll Question Time? – 6th November 2020

SD Worx are hosting its next edition of payroll question time on Friday 6th November 2020 at 2pm with its expert panel of Payroll and Employment law specialists. Have question and want to know more. Don’t know where to turn and are seeking guidance: Job Support SchemeJob Retention BonusCOVID-19 support measuresEmployment law latestLooking to the … Continue reading Payroll Question Time? – 6th November 2020

A million pensioners to benefit from £140 winter fuel bill discount

Around a million pensioners across the UK will receive £140 off their fuel bills, thanks to government efforts working with energy firms to cut their costs. Eligible Pension Credit customers who qualify for the discount were identified after the Department for Work and Pensions cross-checked its records with energy suppliers. Customer data was matched with … Continue reading A million pensioners to benefit from £140 winter fuel bill discount

Protecting the future of cash

Brits will be able to get cashback from shops without needing to buy anything under new proposals to protect the UK’s cash system announced 15th October 2020. government sets out plans to protect the UK’s future cash system and ensure people have easy access to cashproposals would see cashback offered at shops without consumers having … Continue reading Protecting the future of cash

Rishi Sunak explains ‘the Job Support Scheme‘

I wanted to take a moment to explain how the Job Support Scheme compares to other countries and how it interacts with Universal Credit. JSS not only supports people by paying 2/3rds of their salary but for many the remaining drop in earnings will be covered by the welfare system - up to 90%. Our … Continue reading Rishi Sunak explains ‘the Job Support Scheme‘

No National Insurance number? So what!

National Insurance Number delays The October 2020 HMRC bulletin provides additional guidance on National Insurance requirements.Due to COVID-19, the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) is only able to offer a National Insurance Number (NINO) service to a limited number of applicants. In order to allocate a NINO for employment purposes DWP has a legal … Continue reading No National Insurance number? So what!

October 2020 HMRC Employer Bulletin

Dear @PAYadvice, [The] Employer Bulletin (October 2020, Issue 86) includes all of the latest COVID-19 updates to help [employers] continue to meet [their] payroll obligations to HMRC, including recent government announcements of additional support for businesses and employees. We’ve included the latest update on both the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the Job Retention Bonus, … Continue reading October 2020 HMRC Employer Bulletin

54,800 customers claim tax relief for working from home

Since 6th April 2020, employers have been able to pay employees up to £6 a week or £26 a month tax-free to cover additional costs if they have had to work from home. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has received more than 54,800 claims using a new online portal which allows workers to claim tax … Continue reading 54,800 customers claim tax relief for working from home

Further guidance on business support schemes, including recent government announcements

Dear @PAYadvice, We’re writing to provide you with further information on the support schemes available to help you and your clients through the COVID-19 pandemic: Job Support SchemeExpansion of Job Support SchemeJob Retention BonusCoronavirus Job Retention SchemeVAT Deferral New Payment Scheme. Job Support Scheme The government recently announced the Job Support Scheme (JSS) to protect … Continue reading Further guidance on business support schemes, including recent government announcements

Job Support Scheme expanded to firms required to close due to Covid Restrictions

The government’s Job Support Scheme (JSS) is expanded to protect jobs and support businesses required to close their doors as a result of coronavirus restrictions. Job Support Scheme will be expanded to support businesses across the UK required to close their premises due to coronavirus restrictionsgovernment will pay two thirds of employees’ salaries to protect … Continue reading Job Support Scheme expanded to firms required to close due to Covid Restrictions

Small business guide to Cyber Security

The National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) re-launched Small Business Guide sets out five key areas for businesses to help improve their cyber security. “By acting on the guide’s five key recommendations, small businesses can significantly reduce their chances of falling victim to a cyber attack and help to keep their day-to-day operations running smoothly.” The … Continue reading Small business guide to Cyber Security

Employee Parental leave rights

What do you do when you need time to support children. Could you loose your job or be passed over for promotion. Laws are is in place to protect qualifying employees when they need to take care of parental responsibilities. Eligible employees can take unpaid parental leave to look after their child’s welfare. Find out … Continue reading Employee Parental leave rights

Grandparent, or other family member, who care for a child under 12? Specified adult childcare NI credits

MM&R by PSP(c)2020 You may be entitled to receive NI credits if you are a grandparent, or other family member, who cares for a child under 12, usually whilst their parent (or main carer) is working. These credits have been available since April 2011. If you qualify you must make an application to receive the … Continue reading Grandparent, or other family member, who care for a child under 12? Specified adult childcare NI credits

UPDATE – PAYE special arrangement for short term business visitors (STBV) appendix 8

The HMRC Internal PAYE manual has been updated 6th October 2020. In Budget 2018, the Chancellor announced that the Government was minded to widen eligibility for the STBV Pay As You Earn (PAYE) special arrangement, and extend its deadlines for reporting and paying tax with effect from 6 April 2020. This new arrangement, known as … Continue reading UPDATE – PAYE special arrangement for short term business visitors (STBV) appendix 8

#COVID19: Employer support – live webinars

Dear @PAYadvice, Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme from 1‌‌ October mean that employers will need to fund 20% of furloughed employees’ usual wages for the hours they do not work and continue to pay their National Insurance and pension contributions. The scheme closes on 31‌‌ October and you will need to make any final claims … Continue reading #COVID19: Employer support – live webinars

Students warned of tax scam dangers

HMRC has written to universities, through Universities UK, asking them to help ensure their students know how to spot a scam. Students are being warned by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) that they could be targeted by a wave of tax scams. As new students start the academic year, they can be particularly vulnerable to … Continue reading Students warned of tax scam dangers

Redundancy – ACAS research

Acas has found that over a third of employers (37%) are likely to make staff redundancies in the next 3 months. YouGov were commissioned to ask British businesses about their redundancy plans and knowledge of the law in this area. The poll found that: 6 out of 10 large businesses said they were likely to … Continue reading Redundancy – ACAS research

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme claims final deadline set as 30th November 2020

The government have confirmed that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) closes on 31st October 2020 and want to make sure employers are aware that they then must make any final claims on or before 30th November 2020. Employers will not be able to submit or add to any claims after this date – more … Continue reading Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme claims final deadline set as 30th November 2020

Job Retention Bonus

Further information has been published on how businesses can claim the government’s Job Retention Bonus, with millions set to benefit from the £9 billion package. the Job Retention Bonus, worth up to £9 billion is set to support millions of employers who have kept on furloughed workersthe bonus will work alongside the newly announced Job … Continue reading Job Retention Bonus

Seafarers to receive fair pay as UK changes law on national minimum wage

government extends protection to guarantee National Minimum Wage for maritime workersnew wage law to ensure fair pay for over 10,000 maritime workers across the countrylatest move in government’s long-standing work to support seafarers, ensuring UK leads the way with highest standards on pay From Thursday 1st October 2020 a change to the law will mean … Continue reading Seafarers to receive fair pay as UK changes law on national minimum wage

Pension boost protected by new bill

Work and Pensions Secretary, Thérèse Coffey, has introduced a technical Bill in the House of Commons that will give the Government the ability to increase the State Pension next year. Under current legislation, the State Pension can only be increased if there has been a rise in average earnings in the relevant period of the … Continue reading Pension boost protected by new bill

Self Assessment – enhanced payment plan changes

Self Assessment taxpayers can apply online for additional support to help spread the cost of their tax bill into monthly payments from 1st October 2020 without the need to call HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). The online payment plan service can already be used to set up instalment arrangements for paying tax liabilities up to … Continue reading Self Assessment – enhanced payment plan changes

Post-18 education and training expansion to prepare workers for post-COVID economy

Lifetime Skills Guarantee to give adults the chance to take free college coursesNew entitlement to flexible loans to allow courses to be taken in segments, boosting opportunities to retrain The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, sets out plans to transform the training and skills system, helping the country build back better from coronavirus. Adults without A-Level … Continue reading Post-18 education and training expansion to prepare workers for post-COVID economy

Self Assessment registration deadline

HM Revenue and Customs are reminding tax payers who are required to do their first self assessment return which will relate to their tax affair from 6th April 2019 through to 5th April 2020 to register online. If you’re filing online for the first time You must have received your Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR), enrolled … Continue reading Self Assessment registration deadline

Employer duties for those instructed to self-isolate #coronavirus #COVID19

The government have put in place measures for employer requirements to support those who have been instructed to self-isolate. Breaches can be punishable by fines and penalties: Make sure your workers self-isolate You should help your employees self-isolate if they: have coronavirus symptoms and are waiting for a test resulthave tested positive for coronavirusare a … Continue reading Employer duties for those instructed to self-isolate #coronavirus #COVID19

Latest Job Retention Scheme stats

The Job Retention Scheme launched on 20 April.  By midnight on 20 September there were a total of:  ➡️9.6m jobs furloughed * ➡️1.2m employers furloughing ** ➡️Total claimed £39.3bn  *This information is now being published monthly by HMRC. Opinion The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is about to enter its last month of operation. No new employees can … Continue reading Latest Job Retention Scheme stats

Business interruption insurance – treasury letter

Correspondence - Treatment of government grant support schemes in business interruption insurance settlements: Letter from the Economic Secretary to the Treasury to the Association of British Insurers John Glen MP John Glen, the Economic Secretary to the Treasury has written to the Director General of the Association of British Insurers (ABI), Huw Evans. Huw Evans, … Continue reading Business interruption insurance – treasury letter

New COVID-19 support schemes announced

Dear @PAYadvice, Additional government support has been announced this week for businesses and employees impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) across the UK. This includes a new Job Support Scheme to protect the jobs of millions of people returning to work, extending the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, extending the VAT cut (from 20% to 5%) for the … Continue reading New COVID-19 support schemes announced

Minimum wage set for smallest rise in a decade

The UK’s two million minimum wage workers are set to receive the smallest pay increase since 2010 – of around 15p – next April. The COVID-19 economic shock does not mean the Government should abandon its pledge to abolish low pay according to the Resolution Foundation’s annual Low Pay Britain report. Low Pay Britain 2020 … Continue reading Minimum wage set for smallest rise in a decade

Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) extended

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) extension will support viable traders who are facing reduced demand over the winter months, covering 20 per cent of average monthly trading profits via a government grant. The SEISS Grant Extension provides critical support to the self-employed. The grant will be limited to self-employed individuals who are currently eligible for the … Continue reading Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) extended

Job Support Scheme starts 1st November 2020

From 1st November, for the next six months, the Job Support Scheme will protect viable jobs in businesses who are facing lower demand over the winter months due to Covid-19. The Job Support Scheme is designed to protect viable jobs in businesses who are facing lower demand over the winter months due to Covid-19, to … Continue reading Job Support Scheme starts 1st November 2020

Chancellor outlines Winter Economy Plan

Rishi Sunak unveils government’s plan to protect jobs and support businesses over the coming months. central to plan is a new Job Support Scheme and extension of Self Employment Income Support Schemeand over one million businesses will get flexibilities to help pay back loans The Chancellor Rishi Sunak today outlined additional government support to provide … Continue reading Chancellor outlines Winter Economy Plan

Government launches cross-sector Working Group to help address multiple small pension pots

The Government has launched a cross-sector Working Group with industry to assess and make recommendations, as an interim step, on ways to tackle deferred, small pension pots. At a virtual launch event on Tuesday 22 September, the Minister for Pensions and Financial Inclusion, Guy Opperman, outlined his vision for the Working Group, the challenge of … Continue reading Government launches cross-sector Working Group to help address multiple small pension pots

Tax credits claimants will continue to receive payments even if working fewer hours due to COVID-19

If you claim tax credits and have returned to work after being furloughed but are still temporarily not working your normal hours due to COVID 19 you do not need to tell HMRC. They will continue to use the information they already have until 31st October 2020. Those working reduced hours due to coronavirus or … Continue reading Tax credits claimants will continue to receive payments even if working fewer hours due to COVID-19

New trial to offer streamlined use of GOV.UK

A trial is being carried out to make government services easier to find and use online. New GOV.UK accounts will make it easier for people to find and use government servicesPeople with accounts will not have to fill in their personal details multiple times on separate servicesThose who do not want accounts will still be … Continue reading New trial to offer streamlined use of GOV.UK

FSB open gateway for small employers who want to join the Kickstart Scheme

FSB is a national gateway for the UK Government's Kickstart scheme and is encouraging small businesses to get involved and help support young people with job placements in England, Scotland and Wales. To apply for the Kickstart Scheme businesses need to be able to offer a minimum of 30 placements. FSB (the Federation of Small … Continue reading FSB open gateway for small employers who want to join the Kickstart Scheme

Prepare for new year changes to European travel #BREXIT

rules around passports, access to healthcare, driving, pet travel and mobile phone roaming in EU and EFTA countries are changing from 1st January 2021travellers are urged to visit the governments transition page to check the specific actions they may need to takethe safety and wellbeing of British travellers remains the Government’s priority, and anyone planning … Continue reading Prepare for new year changes to European travel #BREXIT

Supporting and enforcing Self-Isolation #COVID19 #coronavirus

“The best way we can fight this virus is by everyone following the rules and self-isolating if they’re at risk of passing on coronavirus”. The government have announced measures:- Those required by law to self-isolate from 28th September will be supported by payment of £500 for those on lower incomes who cannot work from home … Continue reading Supporting and enforcing Self-Isolation #COVID19 #coronavirus

Important updates to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Dear @PAYadvice, We’re writing to let you know about upcoming changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and what this means for you.  From 1‌‌ October, HMRC will pay 60% of usual wages up to a cap of £1,875 per month for the hours furloughed employees do not work. What you need to do from 1‌‌ October  Continue to … Continue reading Important updates to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Hundreds step up to help smaller employers Kickstart Britain’s recovery

Hundreds of organisations are stepping up to help Britain build back better by supporting smaller employers to give youth a chance and take advantage of the Government’s landmark Kickstart Scheme. More than 500 bodies have signed up to serve as gateways on the £2bn programme, providing assistance to employers offering fewer than 30 vacancies under … Continue reading Hundreds step up to help smaller employers Kickstart Britain’s recovery

Nearly a million workers used flexible furlough in July

Nearly a million workers returned to their jobs part-time in the first month flexible furlough was introduced. number of workers in retail on furlough halved from the start of the pandemic from 1.85 million to 789,000.the construction sector received more than £2 billion in support with SEISS grants for self-employed workers Flexible furlough began on … Continue reading Nearly a million workers used flexible furlough in July