Insight / ‘Millions’ slip through Covid-19 financial safety net

MPs have accused the Chancellor of failing to help over a million workers excluded from coronavirus support schemes, despite his pledge ‘to do whatever it takes’ to ensure no one would be left behind

Audit / FRC appoints two executive directors

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has made two appointments to its executive team, as the regulator continues its transition to a new body, the Audit, Reporting and Governance Authority, with a wider remit and new statutory powers

Insight / Package holiday specialist nosedives into administration

David Baxendale and Steven Sherry, partners at PwC, have been appointed as joint administrators of Fleetway Travel Ltd and Fleetway Aviation Ltd, package holiday specialists which have collapsed as a result of the coronavirus crisis with the loss of some 60 jobs

Tax / Revamped student loans payment service dubbed ‘irresponsible’

The Student Loans Company’s (SLC’s) launch of an online repayment service with a tool allowing graduates to make early lump sum voluntary repayments without signing into their account has been slammed as ‘irresponsible and dangerous’ by leading consumer rights campaigner Martin Lewis

Insight / 649,000 drop in employees on UK payrolls

There are 649,000 fewer employees in the UK on payrolls now compared with March, and vacancies are at their lowest level for almost two decades, but the rate of job decline is slowing, according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Insight / Covid-19: last day for Self Employment scheme applications

This is the final day to apply for the first Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant, taxpayers need to claim before midnight tonight in order to receive their first grant worth 80% of their average trading profits

Insight / Lockdown cracks china retailer

Howard Smith, associate director, and Dave Costley-Wood, partner from KPMG’s restructuring practice, have been appointed joint administrators of Yorkshire lifestyle retailer Peter Jones (China) Ltd, which has collapsed with the loss of 70 jobs

Insight / CIOT president joins Croner-i’s tax writing team

Glyn Fullelove has been appointed as a senior tax writer at multinational information services company Croner-i as the next phase in a more than thirty year career in tax and finance, Zak Jakubowski reports

Tax / HMRC CEO’s warning over job retention bonus

HMRC CEO Jim Harra has challenged the Chancellor over the Job Retention Bonus Scheme set out in this week’s summer economic update, saying that the £1,000 bonus to be paid to employers who bring back furloughed staff may not be cost effective

Insight / Chancellor’s statement boosts training options

The Chancellor’s £30bn plan for jobs, which will see the current furlough scheme wound down in favour of a series of measures to encourage the creation of new positions, has been broadly welcomed for its focus on younger workers, and the opportunities for re-training

Insight / ‘Amnesty’ planned for furlough breaches

The government plans to offer an ‘amnesty’ to employers who have furloughed employees during the coronavirus crisis without meeting the formal conditions of the scheme, enabling them to repay  sums without penalties or further sanctions

Insight / Impact on pensions of changes to Job Retention Scheme

As the government begins to unwind its Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme over the coming months, LEBC’s Kay Ingram looks at how pensions will be affected by the changes

Tax / Chancellor urged to go further with Covid-19 support

Early reaction to the Chancellor’s summer update of measures to combat the economic challenges posed by Covid-19 has been largely positive, although there has been surprise at the lack of support for some badly affected sectors such as retail and aviation

Tax / Summer update: Chancellor offers job funding, VAT cuts and eat out discounts

Just four months after his first Budget, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled a summer economic update designed to mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, with a commitment to encouraging job creation through a government ‘plan for jobs’ and stimulus for consumer spending

Tax / HMRC names new deputy CEO

Angela MacDonald has been named as the HMRC’S new deputy chief executive, succeeding Jim Harra who vacated the position in October 2019 when he took on the top role as HMRC’s chief executive