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SMEs’ attitude towards mental health ‘changing for the better’

While the impact of mental ill health continues to be felt across the SME community, with four in every 10 firms reporting that at least one of their employees has taken time off work because of it, attitudes are changing for the better. Only 7% of SMEs are of the view that feelings towards those suffering from mental ill health

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API streaming first from Companies House

Companies House has launched a new streaming application program interface (API), designed to help users access real-time information about companies in a quick and easy way. The streaming API, a government first, allows users to tap into specific data from the register, pushing new information to users as it changes and updates. There are four different types of information customers

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OTS calling for more streamlined tax payment regime

The independent Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) wants HMRC to make it simpler for self-employed people and landlords to meet their tax obligations. It has just published a report containing three recommendations focusing on areas for further, more detailed, work concerning: the potential for HMRC to offer a fully integrated individual tax account, providing an end-to-end tax reporting and payment

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Royal Mail seeks injunction to block Christmas strike

The Royal Mail is seeking an injunction to prevent staff going on strike during the crucial Christmas trading period and the general election next month. The postal service has taken legal action against the Communications Workers Union (CWU), claiming there were “potential irregularities” in a recent ballot for industrial action. Royal Mail alleges that CWU officials interfered with the voting

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Insolvencies jump by one-third in Q3

The number of firms entering administration rose by more than one-third during the third quarter of 2019, according to figures collated by accountancy giant KPMG. The Big 4 firm trawled through the notices published in the London Gazette, finding that 417 firms went onto administration between July and September, up from 310 in the previous quarter and from 322 in

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‘Delay controversial contractor tax rule by a year’

The cancellation of this month’s Budget should lead to a delay to a fundamental change in the way businesses employ the services of contractors, according to the Association of Tax technicians (ATT). The change is planned for April 2020, but the ATT is calling now for it to be delayed by 12 months. It says the longer the delay to

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Companies House webinars

Companies House frequently hosts webinars on all aspects of its work via its website. The next two are: Monday 18 November, 10-11am: Companies House and HMRC, working together for you. Friday 22 November, noon-1pm: First sets towards setting up a company To join a live webinar, you must register and sign in at least five minutes before it starts, via

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Taxpayers overpay £54m on pension withdrawals

HMRC has refunded almost £55m to savers who had overpaid tax on pension withdrawals in the last quarter, the largest amount since the draw down rules were changed. Figures released by the Revenue for the period 1 July 2019 to 30 September 2019 show the department returned £54,975,821 of overpaid tax during the period. Since the pension rules were relaxed

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‘Concerning’ levels of stress in the workplace

A new survey has found that 48% of the UK population is stressed at least once a week, and for 12% of us it is every single day. At work specifically, 51.8% of us are regularly stressed (several times a month or more frequently). For a shocking 15%, stress is a daily occurrence at work. Overwhelmingly, the main cause of

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