Insight / PM: six new Covid restrictions for the next six months

UK has reached a ‘perilous turning point’, said Prime Minister Boris Johnson, as he tightens up Covid restrictions for England for up to six months after his top scientific advisers warn urgent action was needed to combat the spike in infections

Tax / Coronavirus: essential updates for accountants, tax advisers and auditors - Part 2

To assist accountants, tax advisers and auditors in dealing with the coronavirus crisis, all our related covid-19 coverage will be available here as soon as new announcements are made, plus expert analysis

Tax / Call for joined up tax reporting deadline extensions

In the wake of the pandemic, businesses have been given extensions for tax filing and company reporting, but there is still confusion between HMRC and Companies House deadlines. Crowe’s corporate tax partner Laurence Field calls for a more joined up approach

Insight / Covid-19: U-turn on return to work plans

Companies are to be told to put plans for staff to return to work in offices on hold, as the government introduces stricter controls on social and work activity in a bid to contain any escalation in outbreaks of coronavirus

Insight / Covid-19: UK risks 49,000 cases a day unless infection rates slow

England's chief medical officer and the government's top scientific adviser warn that Covid cases are ‘doubling every seven days’ in Downing Street Coronavirus briefing

Insight / Government urged to extend furlough support

With six weeks to go until the coronavirus job retention scheme (CJRS) finishes, while HMRC figures show a steady decline in the number of workers on furlough, pressure is growing for the government to extend the support beyond the end of October

Insight / £500 self isolation payments for lower income employees

The government has announced a legal requirement on people to self-isolate when instructed by NHS Test and Trace, with fines for those who fail to do so and for any businesses which threaten self-isolating staff with redundancy

Insight / Covid-19: Pensions Regulator removes DC reporting exemptions

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has updated its Covid-19 guidance, and from the start of next year defined contribution (DC) schemes and providers will need to report late contribution payments no later than 90 days after the due date, removing the exemption available earlier in the pandemic

Audit / Call for Treasury to ensure cash access

The National Audit Office (NAO) is calling on the Treasury to launch a coordinated effort to safeguard access to cash, as Covid-19 has accelerated the move to online transactions, and there is a risk that vulnerable people who rely on paying money will be excluded

Insight / Changing face of office life

During the pandemic, firms were forced to work remotely, but how do you run a people business without human contact? Smith & Williamson’s Giles Murphy predicts the death of the office could be exaggerated

Insight / Infection rates see government mull Covid lockdown

As coronavirus infection rates rise, the government has signalled it is considering a range of new restrictions to halt the progress of the pandemic, with a two-week return to national lockdown the most extreme

Insight / Pandemic support suppresses insolvency rates

Overall numbers of company and individual insolvencies remained low in August 2020, largely as a result of the government measures put in place in response to the coronavirus pandemic, but look set to rise sharply as support schemes end

Insight / How remote working poses fraud threat

As working from home becomes the new normal, Weng Yee Ng and Charlie Patrick of Forensic Risk Alliance assess the growing threat of fraud in the finance sector

Insight / Furlough numbers fall, unemployment rises

More than half of those furloughed since May returned to work by mid-August according to data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), but unemployment levels are increasing

Insight / Pandemic sees ‘bot’ cyber-attacks on financial services increase

The number of human-initiated cyber attacks declined during the Covid-19 pandemic, but there has been an increase in automated ‘bot ‘attacks targeting financial services organisations, according to research by LexisNexis