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Summer Economic Update

On Wednesday 8th July, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak made a speech entitled “Summer Economic Update” where he unveiled further Government supports and he unveiled the Government’s plan for jobs which he described as the “Second phase in the Government’s economic response to the crisis.” Here are the highlights and we will update you on the […]

Read more July 9th, 2020

Easing Of Lockdown Restrictions In England

From Saturday 4th July, the Prime Minister has announced that pubs, restaurants and hairdressers will be able to reopen, providing they adhere to COVID Secure guidelines. From the same date, he has set out that two households will be able to meet up in any setting with social distancing measures, and that people can now […]

Read more June 24th, 2020

Six People Can Meet Outside Under New Measures To Ease Lockdown

PM Boris Johnson announced groups of up to six people will be able to meet outdoors in England from Monday 1 June, provided strict social distancing guidelines are followed. The Prime Minister announced the change as he set out a package to ease the lockdown in a way that is expected to keep the R […]

Read more June 1st, 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

COVID-19 Business Support Update 23 March

Key Government Resources Links You can find an updating list of official resource links here. Who is a keyworker? The current list of keyworkers includes the following: Health and Social care (doctors, nurses, social workers, care workers, etc.) Education and Childcare (teachers, social workers, childcarers, etc.) Key Public Services (staff in the justice system, religious […]

Read more March 23rd, 2020

Support Available For Businesses During COVID-19

Support for businesses who are paying sick pay to employees: The Government will pass legislation shortly to allow small and medium-sized businesses and employers to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid for sickness absence due to COVID-19. The eligibility criteria for the scheme will be as follows: this refund will cover up to 2 weeks’ […]

Read more March 19th, 2020

Budget Summary Spring 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak presented his first Budget on Wednesday 11 March 2020. In his speech, he stated that ‘We are at the beginning of a new era in this country. We have the freedom and resources to decide our own future’. He also said ‘It is a Budget of a Government that gets things done’. […]

Read more March 12th, 2020

Yet Another Chancellor – Big Changes In The Budget?

The last Budget was nearly 18 months ago and since then, we have had three different chancellors after the unexpected resignation of Sajid Javid. The early years of a new Parliament are usually a good time to make radical changes and many are predicting significant tax changes on March 11. Rather than increasing headline tax […]

Read more March 2nd, 2020

Are You Brexit Ready?

On 31 January 2020, the UK finally left the EU after months of debate. Little impact will have been felt so far as we now enter the 11 month period of transition. This is to give the UK time to negotiate trade agreements with countries around the world, with the priority being those remaining in […]

Read more February 24th, 2020

Budget Day Is 11 March

The December General Election meant that the Autumn Budget was delayed. We now know that Sajid Javed will deliver his first Budget on the second Wednesday in March which is when Budget day used to be! We are expecting that the tax measures in the Conservative Party manifesto will be announced again, together with confirmation […]

Read more February 10th, 2020

Conservative Party Elected With Working Majority

Now that Boris Johnson and his Conservative Party have won the General Election will we finally “Get Brexit Done”? More importantly, can the Government now get on with running the country and sorting out urgent issues such as the NHS? The Budget date has now been announced for Wednesday 11th March. This Budget is likely […]

Read more January 8th, 2020

More Money For Social Care?

In every General Election since 1997 there have been pledges by the various political parties to resolve the funding of care for the elderly in the UK but yet nothing has happened. It even sparked a dramatic U-Turn by Teresa May in 2015 with her proposal for a so-called “dementia tax”. With the care system […]

Read more December 11th, 2019

2019 Election Tax Proposals

More money for the NHS? The various political parties have all made bold promises in the run-up to the General Election about increased spending if elected, particularly extra money for the NHS. Although many of the spending pledges will be funded out of increased borrowing, the parties have assumed that they can persuade voters that […]

Read more December 10th, 2019