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Government Launches NHS Test And Trace Service

The Government launches its test and trace service today and has issued related guidance for England. There are equivalent arrangements for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The new NHS Test and Trace service will launch today (Thursday 28 May) across England, the government announced. The service will help identify, contain, and control coronavirus, reduce the […]

Read more May 28th, 2020

Prime Minister Sets Out Timeline For Retail To Reopen In June

Prime Minister Boris Johnson sets out a timeline for retail to reopen in June. Thousands of high street shops, department stores and shopping centres across England are set to reopen next month once they are COVID-19 secure and can show customers will be kept safe, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed today. The Prime Minister […]

Read more May 28th, 2020

Time To Plan Ahead

As we emerge slowly from lockdown, now is a good time to take stock of things and look ahead to how we can run our businesses with the “New Normal” environment we face. What is clear is that some form of social distancing will remain, and many businesses are adopting new ways of working within […]

Read more May 27th, 2020

PAYE Payment Deferral And Furloughed Employees Update

HMRC have now provided an update affecting those who are looking to defer PAYE payments through the Time To Pay system, but who also have furloughed employees. Basically, any PAYE which relates to furloughed employees is not eligible for the payment deferral. This will relate to payments of PAYE and Class 1 NIC due to […]

Read more May 26th, 2020

Apprenticeship Programme Response To Coronavirus

Guidance for apprentices, employers, training providers and assessment organisations in response to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19). See: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-apprenticeship-programme-response The Government states this is a difficult time for apprentices, employers and providers of apprenticeship training, assessment and external assurance. The government is committed to supporting apprentices, and employers continue to build the skills capabilities the […]

Read more May 26th, 2020

Additional £40M For Cutting-Edge Start-Ups

Innovative businesses and start-ups are set to benefit from a £40 million government investment to drive forward new technological advances. The government is doubling investment in the Fast Start Competition with an additional £20 million. The competition aims to fast-track the development of innovations borne out of the coronavirus crisis while supporting the UK’s next […]

Read more May 26th, 2020

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme Set To Launch

Employers will be able to make claims through the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme from 26 May. The government has announced a new online service will be launched on 26 May for small and medium-sized employers to recover Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees. Employers are eligible if they […]

Read more May 26th, 2020

QuickBooks Online Special Offer

How are you doing your bookkeeping? Are you online with your Bookkeeping? Can you access it anywhere? Why use QuickBooks Online? Now is a good time to move to the cloud. Our COVID-19 Offer – Available until 31 August 2020 At Shapcotts Accountants we are offering clients the Plus Version of QuickBooks Online for £12.00 […]

Read more May 21st, 2020

COVID-19 Advice For The Freight Transport Industry

Freight industry guidance on international travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, following government advice for British nationals. International and domestic freight transport (including by air, ship, road, and rail, including roll-on/roll-off transports) is classified by UK government as an essential activity in the context of its travel advice. The advice against non-essential travel is not […]

Read more May 19th, 2020

Self-Employed Deferment Of Second Payment On Account

Option for self-employed to defer their second payment on account due 31 July 2020. Choose how and when you can delay making your second payment on account for the 2019 to 2020 tax year. You have the option to defer your second payment on account if you are: registered in the UK for Self-Assessment and […]

Read more May 18th, 2020

More Space For Cyclists And Pedestrians

The Government has released details on its guidance for Local Authorities on managing their road networks in response to C19. The Secretary of state for Transport comments: “The coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has had a terrible impact on the lives and health of many UK citizens, as well as severe economic consequences. But it has also […]

Read more May 14th, 2020

Extension To Coronavirus Furlough Scheme

On 12 May 2020 the Chancellor has announced an extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. The initial period for the furlough scheme was due to end on 30 June 2020 but this has now been extended until 31 October 2020. He has also stated that from the end of July measures will be introduced […]

Read more May 12th, 2020

New Guidance Launched On Going Back To Work

The Government has published guidance for employers to help them get their businesses back up and running and workplaces operating safely. New ‘COVID-19 secure’ guidelines are available to UK employers to help them get their businesses back up and running and workplaces operating as safely as possible. The government has consulted approximately 250 stakeholders in […]

Read more May 12th, 2020

New Funding To Support Dairy Farmers In England

England’s dairy farmers will be able to access up to £10,000 each to help them overcome the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. The new funding will help support dairy farmers – who together continue to produce over 40 million litres of milk every day – who have seen decreased demand for their products as bars, […]

Read more May 12th, 2020

Contracts – Where You Stand With Covid-19

Overview This article looks at the contractual implications of the virus. Is it force majeure? Can good faith be invoked to preserve some of the bargains? How about frustration? This article provides practical guidance to allow companies to understand what they can do (and what they cannot) about contracts during this pandemic. What must be […]

Read more May 11th, 2020