100 towns to share £80m
The Communities Secretary, Robert Jenrick, has announced that over 100 towns in England will each be given up to £1 million to kick start regeneration projects and give areas a boost. The funding to be received varies between £500k and £1m per town. The money will be available to help support projects such as new green spaces, the Read more...

Employee eligibility for Job Support Scheme
The new Job Support Scheme will be introduced on 1 November 2020 as part of the government drive to help protect jobs where businesses are facing lower demand over the winter months due to coronavirus. This scheme has been designed to support viable jobs and employees must work at least one-third of their hours, paid as normal, in order Read more...

Employer eligibility for Job Support Scheme
Employers across the country have generally welcomed the announcement of the new Job Support Scheme that will be launched for 6-months from 1 November 2020. The new Job Support Scheme has been designed to help those who are in work by allowing them to work reduced hours rather than joining the unemployment queue. Under the scheme, Read more...

PAYE settlement agreement payment reminder
A PAYE Settlement Agreement (PSA) allows employers to make one annual payment to cover all the tax and National Insurance due on small or irregular taxable expenses or benefits for your employees. The expenses or benefits included in a PSA must be defined as one of the following; minor - e.g. a small birthday present irregular - e.g. Read more...

Extended deadline for VAT payments
The coronavirus VAT payment holiday gave businesses the chance to defer the payment of any VAT liabilities between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020. The option for businesses to defer their VAT payments ended on 30 June 2020. In delivering his Winter Economy Plan to Parliament, the Chancellor confirmed that businesses will now have the Read more...

Film & TV Production re-start rules
At the end of July, the government announced the introduction of a new £500 million scheme to kickstart film and television production. The Film and TV Production Restart Scheme has now been launched and will help UK film and TV productions struggling to secure insurance for COVID-19 related costs. This scheme will help TV and film Read more...

The rules for MTD for Income Tax
Making Tax Digital (MTD) will fundamentally change the way businesses, the self-employed and landlords interact with HMRC. The regime will require businesses and individuals to register, file, pay and update their information using an online tax account. The regime started in April 2019 for VAT purposes but only for VAT registered Read more...

New coronavirus-related measures impacting on the employment relationship
The government’s latest advice, as confirmed in the COVID-19 Secure guidelines for different types of workplaces, is that office workers who can work effectively from home should do so over the winter. However, anyone else who cannot work from home should go to their place of work, but employers should consult with their staff to Read more...

Acas, CBI and TUC on handling redundancies
Acas, the CBI and the TUC have issued a joint statement to employers on best practice for handling redundancy situations caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The statement recognises that employers may need to make redundancies in order to survive, but it urges them to exhaust all possible alternatives before doing so and to carry out Read more...

Which way to go?
If your business has managed to negotiate the pandemic thus far without shedding staff you have probably made good use of the furlough scheme. Unfortunately, in recent months the Government’s contribution to furloughed costs has been reducing, and at the end of October the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (loosely referred to as the Read more...

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