• TUC urges employers to offer furlough to working parents

    TUC urges employers to offer furlough to working parents

    The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has called on employers to offer furlough to working parents affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) school closures. The TUC said that last minute decisions by ministers mean many working parents are now without childcare. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) allows employers to furlough working parents who can’t work due to […]

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  • BIRA urges retailers to remain vigilant during festive period and beyond

    BIRA urges retailers to remain vigilant during festive period and beyond

    With festive sales on the horizon, the British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA) has urged retailers to remain vigilant and safe in order to help halt the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The trade association stated that it is important to focus on safety protocols to ensure retail is not contributing to the spread of the […]

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  • Businesses in Tier 4: Government must take another look at support

    Businesses in Tier 4: Government must take another look at support

    The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has urged the government to take a fresh look at the support it provides for businesses now under Tier 4 restrictions. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new Tier 4 restrictions for London, the South East and East of England amid a surge in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and alarm about […]

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  • Remain vigilant when making festive charitable donations

    Remain vigilant when making festive charitable donations

    Action Fraud has warned the public to remain vigilant when making festive charitable donations as the number of scams rises. Figures published by Action Fraud showed that £350,000 in festive charitable donations ended up with criminals over the Christmas period in 2019. It warned that fraudsters often set up fake charities or impersonate well known […]

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  • Brexit changes: Businesses have ‘insufficient information'

    Brexit changes: Businesses have ‘insufficient information’

    An analysis carried out by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has suggested that businesses lack detailed official information on the rules that are set to take effect once the Brexit transitional period ends on 31 December. The BCC found that businesses have insufficient information in regard to 24 critical areas. This is ‘undermining their […]

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  • Third SEISS grant opens as IPSE issues warning

    Third SEISS grant opens as IPSE issues warning

    The third SEISS (Self-Employment Income Support Scheme) grant opens for applications today (30 November). To qualify for SEISS grant, businesses must be adversely affected due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). They must either be currently trading but be impacted by reduced demand or have been trading but be temporarily unable to do so due to COVID-19. […]

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  • Chancellor presents Spending Review
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    Chancellor presents Spending Review

    On 25 November Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivered his latest Spending Review to the House of Commons. Stating that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused ‘lasting damage’ to the UK economy. The economy is forecast to shrink by 11.3% this year and is not expected to return to its pre-pandemic size until the end of 2022. […]

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  • Real Living Wage increases across the UK

    Real Living Wage increases across the UK

    The Real Living Wage (RLW) has increased to £9.50 per hour across the UK. The Living Wage Foundation, the charity which sets the voluntary wage, has raised the national RLW rate by 20p to £9.50 an hour. The London RLW has risen by 10p to £10.85 per hour. The increase will benefit over 250,000 people working for almost 7,000 […]

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  • Bounce Back Loan: Over £1 billion worth of fraudulent

    Bounce Back Loan: Over £1 billion worth of fraudulent

    The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) identified more than £1 billion worth of fraud in the government’s coronavirus (COVID-19) Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) during the first six months of the scheme being in operation. In a letter to the PAC, which has been looking at the operation of the Bounce Back Loan Scheme, Catherine Lewis […]

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  • Consumer Credit Borrowers: FCA proposes further support
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    Consumer Credit Borrowers: FCA proposes further support

    The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is proposing further support for consumer credit borrowers affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19). The UK’s financial regulator announced tailored measures for consumer credit borrowers in September and said it would keep them under review as the situation evolved. With a second national lockdown starting today, it has made further proposals. […]

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