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Skills minister launches new local authority NEET scorecards

28/07/2015 15:23
Nick Boles has just launched a new scorecard system for local councils, tracking success in helping younger people find education, training and employment. It comes after a half-year trial for the system. Official data suggests fewer people aged 16 to...   more

Study shows your background as a child can affect earnings

27/07/2015 16:34
Even if you're a highly able five year old, if you're poor you're less likely to become a high earner when you grow up than even a seemingly not as able child with a rich family, recent research suggests. The new study looked at assessments...   more

Office workers are working from home

23/07/2015 16:18
Self employed people can sometimes be found working from home - and so can people who are employed in other ways. Indeed, recent research among office workers suggests that on average, employed people are home workers for about five days a month. The...   more

Schools get new literacy grants

21/07/2015 15:00
Eight sets of primary schools are being given special funding in an effort to help early literacy work. The grants, worth £10,000 per group, have just been announced by Nick Gibb, school reform minister. Eight schools have been chosen to lead...   more

HMRC publishes Annual Report and Accounts

20/07/2015 14:52
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has just published its Annual Report and Accounts. Lin Homer, chief executive, has spoken of the tax authority's 'strong performance' in the 2014/15 period covered by the publication. The report shows that HMRC...   more

Construction Leadership Council renewed

17/07/2015 14:30
The Construction Leadership Council will have 12 members for its new incarnation, rather than its previous 30, the government has announced. First put together in 2013, the council is an industry and government cooperation, which looks to help with...   more

ONS brings out new employment figures

16/07/2015 15:41
New Office for National Statistics (ONS) Labour Market data show a year-on-year hike in people in work and fall in unemployment for the UK. The figures show that, for March to May, 30.98 million people were shown as being in work, 265,000 over and above...   more

Government proposes new strike rules

15/07/2015 11:40
The government is consulting on a move around strike rules that could impact agency workers. According to The Guardian, it plans to allow employers to bring in agency staff, in a way which could break a strike.   Meanwhile, The Department for Business,...   more

Government publishes National Living Wage analysis

14/07/2015 11:44
The government has published a new analysis relating to its somewhat controversial 'National Living Wage'. Last week, as part of the Budget address, chancellor George Osborne announced that, starting this coming April, workers who are 25 or older...   more

NHBC: New home registrations up 15 per cent

08/07/2015 13:20
March to May saw a 15 per cent increase in new home registrations, year-on-year, says the National House Building Council (NHBC). The organisation - which provides insurance and warranties for new UK homes -  says that its registration data helps...   more

Self employment the subject of new independent review

07/07/2015 11:50
The UK government has just launched an independent review about matters relating to the self employed. The review is looking into "challenges and opportunities" people with a desire to work this way face - and is set to report back to the government...   more

HMRC offers advice on scam emails

02/07/2015 11:54
Tax credits claimants have been given a warning about scam emails, ahead of the upcoming renewals deadline. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has pointed out that some claimants are being sent fake emails and texts and targeted with dodgy websites by fraudsters. During...   more

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