Author: Sophie Lewis

Government urged to prevent energy suppliers overcharging SMEs

FSB: ‘Energy suppliers need to recognise their roles in ensuring this multi-billion-pound help package serves its purpose and is not exploited at the expense of taxpayers or the livelihoods of the small business community’.

Tax and NICs changes putting additional pressure on payroll teams

CloudPay: ‘Having already invested resources into planned increases in NI only to face a reversal of this in September, teams will now need to brace for the planned tax increases across the country’.

Skills shortages remain a concern

APSCo: ‘The UK needs urgent action to rebalance skills availability, including a suitable visa route for international highly skilled contractors, a flexible approach to apprenticeships and an Employment Bill that is appropriate in the modern, flexible world of work’.

Thousands of people take advantage of online payment plans to pay self-assessment

HMRC: ‘We’re here to help customers get their tax right and if you are worried about how to pay your self-assessment bill, help and support is available’.

Employers urged to create compassionate culture for pregnancy or baby loss

CIPD: ‘Pregnancy and baby loss affects people across the UK every day. Workplace support can make a real difference to employees during a difficult time’.

Trained finance professionals are a great resource for SMEs

AAT: ‘For many people today, the cost-of-living crisis represents the biggest financial challenge they have faced in their lives. A vital resource for anyone in these situations, is financial literacy’.

Less than a hundred days until self-assessment is due

HMRC: ‘There’s still time to complete your tax return, to budget and look into the range of payment options if you need to’

Most offices not designed to support mental wellbeing

Unispace: ‘The link between office design and mental wellbeing is often overlooked, but the fact that almost half of the workforce felt that their mental health improved while working from home, highlights that too many workplaces do not meet the needs of the people that use them’.