Help for those affected by floods

The Prime Minister has announced a package of measures to help flood affected businesses get back on their feet. The package of measures includes: A Government Business Support Helpline providing comprehensive advice and support to businesses affected... Read Full Article...

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Increases to NMW penalties and latest targets

The Government has announced that rogue employers who do not pay their workers the National Minimum Wage (NMW) will face an increased penalty of up to £20,000 as part of a Government crackdown. Currently employers that break... Read Full Article...

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Employment Allowance

The Government has announced further details of the Employment Allowance which is available from 6 April 2014. Eligible employers can reduce their employer Class 1 NICs by up to £2,000 each tax year. The Employment Allowance can... Read Full Article...

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Excuses excuses

HMRC have released the ‘Top 10 oddest excuses’ for sending in a late self assessment return. These include a dead goldfish and a run in with a cow! Internet link: HMRC top 10  

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Zero hours contracts

Business Secretary Vince Cable has announced that, under new proposals, employers could be banned from imposing ‘exclusivity’ on zero hours contracts which offer no guarantee of work and stop employees from working for another employer. In the... Read Full Article...

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Help to buy mortgage guarantee completions

The Government has announced that ‘nearly 750’ homes have been bought and 6,000 offers made since the mortgage guarantee scheme started. In November 2013, ministers published figures showing that in the first month of the scheme more... Read Full Article...

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PAYE coding notices

Over the next few months HMRC will be sending out new PAYE tax codes for the 2014/15 tax year. HMRC are advising that some individuals may receive more than one coding especially if they have: • two... Read Full Article...

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Personal device at work policy

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is advising that organisations should have a clear personal device at work policy. A recent survey showed that 60% of the UK population now own a smart phone and 20% a tablet... Read Full Article...

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DWP issue guidance on new Class 3A NIC

The Government wants to offer help to existing pensioners and people who reach State Pension age before 6 April 2016, when the single-tier pension is introduced, to give: ‘people in the pre single tier population, who may... Read Full Article...

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RTI and micro employers

HMRC have announced that, although the vast majority of employers are finding PAYE reporting in real time straightforward, a small proportion of micro employers and their agents still need more time to adapt. They have therefore announced... Read Full Article...

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