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Tribunal decision on the employment rights of Uber drivers

There has been a tribunal decision on the employment rights of Uber drivers. The self-employed drivers argued that they should be treated as employees, wanting entitlement to the national minimum wage, holiday and sick pay. The decision, if it stands, only applies to the employment rights of Uber drivers involved in the case, but it […]

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Budget – Key Points

The main rate of Class 4 National Insurance contributions for the self-employed to increase from 9% to 10% in April 2018 to 11% in April 2019. This is intended to reduce the gap between employed and self-employed. Class 2 National Insurance, a separate flat rate contribution paid by self-employed works making a profit of more […]

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Good News on CIS Deductions

HMRC has revised its practice in relation to claims for refunds of construction industry scheme (CIS) deductions. What’s changed and how might this affect you? HMRC has, for a long time, waged war with the construction industry on matters ranging from employment status to qualifying for gross payment status (GPS). However, earlier this year it […]

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Autumn Statement – Key Points

The Chancellor has presented his Autumn Statement – here’s a summary of some of what was announced Fuel Duty – will remain frozen for a seventh year. A new 3 year NS&I Investment Bond available from 2017 – with an indicative rate of 2.2.% interest. Available for 16 years and over, to put away between […]

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New NI Exemption for 2016/17

Apprentices: HMRC has confirmed that starting from 6 April 2016 employers will be entitled to an exemption from Secondary Class 1 NI contributions in respect of wages for employees who are apprentices and aged under 25 at the time they are paid. However, the exemption doesn’t apply to primary Class 1 contributions i.e. those payable […]

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Helping your business access the right financial package

For many ambitious businesses, unlocking finance is the key to future growth. Yet with so many different options now available, knowing which way to turn can be impossible without specialist help. The event has been developed by Access to Finance Northwest, with sponsorship from NatWest Bank Plc  and will provide information and guidance around developing […]

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Funding Circle revises fees

The Funding Circle has recently widened its credit criteria and simplified its loan application process with the aim of helping more small businesses access finance. The threshold for loans without asset security has been increased to £200,000 with additional funds also being granted in exceptional circumstances. Either a personal guarantee for the director/s or some […]

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Antenatal Appointments

From 1 October 2014, an expectant father or the partner (including same sex) of a pregnant woman will be entitled to take unpaid time off work to accompany the woman to up to 2 of her ante-natal appointments. “Partner” includes the spouse or civil partner of the pregnant woman and a person (of either sex) […]

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Fuel Rates & Minimum Wage

Advisory fuel rates from 1 September 2014 The rates which employers can use to reimburse employees who pay to put petrol in their company cars when they are using them for business have been updated. These rates apply to all journeys undertaken on or after 1 September 2014. The only rates to have changed are […]

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