August 2021

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is being wound down on 30 September 2021 and data published by HMRC has revealed that 1.9 million workers remain on furlough…

July 2021

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The UK government’s Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme continues to provide financial support to small and medium-sized employers. If you’re an employer with fewer than 250 employees, and if you’ve paid Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) to employees for coronavirus-related sickness absence, you could be eligible for support…

Brexit Latest Updates – 18/06/21

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https://www.ispeech.org Reminder of changes to the Merchandise in Baggage exports process from July 2021 This is a reminder that from 1 July 2021, there will be changes to how you export commercial goods out of Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland) in their accompanied baggage or small vehicle (also known as Merchandise in Baggage). When […]

June 2021

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iSpeech21st June 2021 – Changes to CJRS grants from July 2021 The UK Government will continue to pay 80% of furloughed employees’ usual wages for the hours not worked, up to a cap of £2,500 per month, to the end of June 2021. In July 2021, CJRS grants will cover 70% of employees’ usual wages […]

May 2021

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Text to Speech Voices10th May 2021 – Penalty scheme for SEISS abuse An overclaimed SEISS grant includes any amount of grant which the self-employed individual was not entitled to receive or was more than the amount HMRC said the applicant was entitled to when the claim was made. Overpayments must be notified to HMRC within […]

April 2021

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https://www.ispeech.org/text.to.speech29th April 2021 – HMRC warns of SEISS email scam The fourth SEISS grant gateway opened last week. Eligible claimants should have been contacted by HMRC in writing to let them know exactly when to apply. The new scam takes the form of a “phishing” email. It informs the recipient that the SEISS grant is […]

The government’s SME  Brexit  Support Fund

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Text to Speech Voices The scheme opened on 15 March and provides grants of up to £2,000 to help small and medium-sized businesses tackle the new admin requirements for imports and exports to and from EU countries, or movement of goods between GB and Northern Ireland. You can apply for a grant if your business: has been […]

March 2021

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iSpeech26th March 2021 – Free workplace testing for all businesses The government has confirmed that all businesses in England are now able to sign up to its free COVID-19 rapid workplace testing programme, including firms with fewer than 50 employees. Rapid workplace testing detects cases in under 30 minutes meaning that positive cases can isolate immediately, breaking transmission chains. […]

February 2021

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Text to Speech16th February 2021 – New CJRS Advice For Annually Paid Staff Employers are now entitled to claim furlough scheme pay for annually paid workers who were last paid after 19 March 2020 and furloughed on or after 1 November 2020. 9th February 2021 – Bonus Of £1,000 To Help Businesses Take On Trainees The new scheme will […]