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HMRC left 27.5 per cent of calls unanswered last year

26/06/2015 11:56
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has revealed that only around 73 per cent of calls customers made to the tax authority in 2014/15 year were answered - despite its target of answering 80 per cent of such enquiries. In certain months, an even lower proportion...   more

Are snacks more important than pre-meeting small talk?

24/06/2015 12:16
A quirky recent study suggests that business workers are more likely to put snack selection ahead of quality of pre-event small talk, when asked which is the more important to the success of a meeting. Self employed people...   more

MP David Morris is again self employment ambassador

19/06/2015 12:24
The Conservative MP David Morris has spoken of his delight after again being given the job of government self employment ambassador. He also said that, as he was a self employed businessman himself over a long period before he came to parliament,...   more

31.05 million in work, says ONS

18/06/2015 11:18
New Office for National Statistics (ONS) data shows some 31.05 million people classed as being in work, 22.74 million full-time (a rise of 362,000 against a year previously). The labour market data, covering February to April this year, showed 8.31 million...   more

HMRC news: PAYE deadline-missing penalties

17/06/2015 13:52
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) recently sent out in-year penalty notices to smaller organisations that failed to meet their PAYE deadline. As part of changes at the tax authority, penalties won't be issued on an automatic basis following a missed...   more

May 28th named 'Tax Freedom Day'

15/06/2015 14:29
The Adam Smith Institute recently dubbed May 28th Tax Freedom Day. The thinktank works out when this day will be each year, based on levels of national and local tax and national insurance...   more

Record low for tax credit fraud and error

12/06/2015 15:18
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has brought out new data showing tax credit fraud and error is lower than ever before. Fraud and error cost £1.26 billion for 2013-14, against £2.27 billion in 2010-11. "Tax credits play an important role...   more

PAYE End of Year Reconciliation process begins

11/06/2015 11:27
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is currently in the process of checking people have handed over the correct level of tax for the financial year just gone - as part of its PAYE End of Year Reconciliation process. Some UK taxpayers will be getting P800s...   more

Record low interest rates maintained: IPSE reacts

10/06/2015 18:03
Self employed people have been predicted to be pleased with the latest interest rate decision from the Bank of England, announced last week. The institution's Monetary Policy Committee opted to keep rates at 0.5 per cent cent. Lorrence Nye, economist...   more

Rugby-themed schools project gets DfE character scheme grant

01/06/2015 16:37
The government has announced 14 projects which are being given funding from the Department for Education (DfE) character grants scheme. Worth some £3.5 million overall, this scheme provides grants with the aim of growing projects that "successfully...   more

NHBC home registration stats rise again

01/06/2015 11:35
Uncertainty in the run-up to last month's general election did not impact home registration growth, according to Mike Quinton, NHBC chief executive. The insurance and warranty provider's new numbers show that there were 41,307 new UK homes registered...   more

Youth NEET rate falls 0.7 per cent

22/05/2015 12:14
England's number of youths who are NEET is down to its smallest level for ten years. Official stats, published by the Department for Education, demonstrate a year-on-year...   more

IPSE gives reaction to inflation data

21/05/2015 15:38
Our economy is able to cope if it faces deflation briefly - however, if deflation lasts for longer, that would begin to show "slackness in the economy" and mean the government and bank of England would have to intervene. That's Association...   more

IPSE reacts to Enterprise Bill

20/05/2015 16:48
The planned Small Business Consolidation Service could play a vital part in ensuring the smallest businesses are given a place to turn if they are experiencing late payment, the chief executive of the Association for Independent Professionals and the...   more

Increasing numbers of kids enjoy reading, survey shows

20/05/2015 16:27
More than half of children and teens - 54 per cent - say they 'very much' enjoy reading or like it 'quite a lot' new research shows, while 36 per cent enjoy the activity a bit and just ten per cent don't like it. The research comes...   more

New business secretary Sajid Javid praised by IPSE

18/05/2015 16:48
Sajid Javid, who has just been named the new secretary of state for business, has been praised for having consistently shown "an understanding and appreciation of" small businesses' value to the nation's economy. In the days after the...   more

Carry on supporting self employed, new govt. told

16/05/2015 12:15
It's vital for the government to carry on doing everything it can "to support and nurture" self employed people, the chief executive of the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE) has said, as part of his reaction...   more

Employment rate at 73.5 per cent, ONS announces

15/05/2015 12:06
The employment rate for the UK has gone up to 73.5 per cent according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The figure, which includes self employed workers, comes from the organisation's Labour Market Statistics for for...   more

Election results: Cameron set to be PM again

08/05/2015 11:50
Self employed people voted yesterday, perhaps considering their careers as they attended the ballot box. Now, David Cameron's Conservatives have emerged as the House of Common's single biggest party. At time of writing, they are on 325 seats...   more

Politicians visit housing developments

27/04/2015 12:01
The NHBC has been reporting on several visits by politicians to housing developments, ahead of May's general election. It organised a visit on April 21st, which saw Nigel Huddleston, who is standing for the Conservative party in Mid Worcestershire,...   more

Total self employed numbers rise quarter-on-quarter

22/04/2015 11:59
New figures about the UK's self employed people have been released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), as part of its UK Labour Market report for this month. Covering December to February, they show 4,523,000 people self employed - 3,000...   more