Covid-19

E-waste is ‘becoming a crisis’

The Covid-19 lockdowns have led to a UK tech sales boom, but concerns are rising over the amount of e-waste being produced. Last year, the Royal Society of Chemistry discovered that there could be 40 million or more unused devices being hoarded in drawers and cupboards around the UK. It has now found that this problem is growing, with 12.8%

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Small firms ‘getting poorer treatment by corporates in Covid’

The payment practices of big businesses during the pandemic have been revealed in a new report which calls for legislated ‘fair buyer’ 30-day payment terms, as part of a plan to support SMEs in their economic recovery. Xero’s research found that 59% of small business owners in the UK said that corporate customers increased the length of their payment terms

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Monthly deadlines now in place for CJRS claims

Companies are now able to apply for the new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) online. The CJRS has been extended to 31 March 2021 for all parts of the UK. From 1 November, the government will pay 80% of employees’ usual wages for the hours not worked, up to a cap of £2,500 per month. This will be reviewed in

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Extended Loan Schemes

The Prime Minister has spoken in the Commons ahead of a vote on Wednesday over his plan for a new four-week lockdown across England from Thursday. Many of you will have seen Boris Johnson’s speech on Saturday night where he said there was no alternative but to take this action. And, speaking to MPs the Prime Minister stressed that if

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People waiting for surgery now entitled to SSP

New rules have come into force meaning anyone advised to self-isolate prior to planned or elective surgery or other hospital procedure could be entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). To be eligible under this provision the person must: • have received a pre-surgery notification; • have been advised to stay at home for a period of up to 14 days

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Online workplace help available from Acas

Employment and workplace advisory body Acas is running a series of online seminars dealing with a number of workplace issues, including Covid-19 and the return to the workplace. Topics covered include managing staff redundancies; changing an employment contract; returning to the workplace after lockdown; flexible furlough and ending furlough; and shielding and vulnerable people. These new digital training sessions are

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Why bookkeepers should see recession as an opportunity

Why bookkeepers should see recession as an opportunity Despite government loans and furlough schemes, the UK has officially entered recession for the first time in 11 years. Between April and June 2020, as coronavirus lockdown measures hit, the economy shrank by 20.4% compared with the first three months of the year. It’s a worrying time for small business owners and

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Working families affected by Coronavirus given boost

Families who benefit from childcare support have had a promise from the government that they would not lose out due to Covid-19. Working parents or carers who are eligible for Tax-Free Childcare or 30 Hours Free Childcare, but have temporarily fallen below the minimum income requirement as a result of the pandemic, will continue to receive financial support until 31

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More than 1.3 million sick days claimed in July

More than 1.3 million working days have been claimed for in just over one month of the Coronavirus Sick Pay Scheme – yet the vast majority of SMEs are ignorant of the scheme, according to research by UHY Hacker Young. It allows SMEs to claim money from the government for any employee who has taken time off work with coronavirus

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