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27 Mar

Self-Employed Income Support Scheme

  • Business Support

The long-awaited statement from the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak regarding COVID-19 support for the self-employed has been announced. The Chancellor said that the scheme will benefit some 95% of people whose main income source is derived from…

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26 Mar

Coronavirus: government launches online “isolation notes” service

  • Employment Law

Employees who are unable to work for more than seven days because of coronavirus (COVID-19) can now obtain an “isolation note” through a new online service. The new isolation note, which can be used by employees as evidence of their…

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26 Mar

Acas publishes updated coronavirus resources

  • Employment Law

Acas has published updated guidance for employers and employees on the coronavirus (COVID-19). The guidance now covers: social distancing and vulnerable people self-isolation and sick pay what to do if the employer needs to close the…

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25 Mar

Television licence fees for over-75s

  • General

In a joint statement from the BBC and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport it has been announced that the changes introducing television licence charges for the over-75s has been delayed. These changes had been due to come into…

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25 Mar

Companies House deadlines and Coronavirus

  • Corporate Governance & Regulation

There are automatic late filing penalties which are designed to encourage companies to file their accounts and reports on time. All companies, private and public, large or small, trading or non-trading must send their accounts to Companies…

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25 Mar

Sick pay if you are unable to work

  • Employment & Payroll

The government has announced a number of funding and support measures to help those affected by the COVID-19 virus outbreak. A significant number of the measures are designed to help provide financial support at this most difficult time. One of the…

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25 Mar

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

  • Business Support

If you have been 'furloughed' then the new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme may be able to help. If you are furloughed it essentially means that your employer has given you a temporary leave of absence or a type of sabbatical to help cope…

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25 Mar

COVID-19 and claiming benefits

  • Tax credits

The government has announced that certain benefits will be increased as part of the package of measures to help households affected by COVID-19. This will see the standard rate of Universal Credit and Tax Credits increased by £20 a week…

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25 Mar

Business rates and grants - regional variations

  • Business Support

We have written about the changes to business rates for businesses in England due to COVID-19. There is also a Retail and Hospitality Grant Scheme that provides businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors with a cash grant of up to…

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25 Mar

The importance of credit control

  • Business Support

Most business owners are rightly focussed on sales. If sales dry up business costs will quickly result in losses; and losses will eventually burn through your assets until insolvency rears its ugly head. In the current “lock-down”…

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25 Mar

Please read our emails and news updates

  • Business Support

The current “lock-down” to slow down the Coronavirus epidemic is a sensible medical response, but a potential disaster for small businesses desperately trying to keep their businesses open and operational. Since the 10 March, we have had…

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25 Mar

Further details on Hardship Fund published

  • General

The launch of a new £500 million Hardship Fund in England was announced at Spring Budget 2020 by the Chancellor. On 24 March 2020, the Local Government Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP confirmed the Hardship Fund will provide council tax…

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