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Weekly update - 17 October 2020

18/10/2020

Hello London moves to Tier 2: High London has moved into the second level of Lockdown from Saturday 17 October. This means on top of restrictions in alert level medium, the public should follow social distancing rules, work from home where they can effectively do so, and avoid public transport by making fewer journeys wherever...

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Weekly update - 10 October 2020

11/10/2020

Hello Another lockdown? The Government will be making an announcement on Monday about a 3 tier lockdown we have to acknowledge that it is likely that there will be closures or partial closures of businesses, especially in the entertainment sector, in the next month or two. With the end of the furlough scheme at the end of...

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Weekly update - 3 October 2020

06/10/2020

This week we have seen stricter lock down rules in many parts of the country including Government rules to include not attending amateur sports events as spectators, only visiting care homes in exceptional circumstances and the Government states people should not travel unless it is essential - for example to school and work....

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Gaming behind the wheel?

19/10/2020

Unbelievably, it has been illegal to make phone calls or text while driving a car, but not illegal to play games or take photos. Clearly, this loophole is begging to be closed and new legislation proposed, 17 October 2020, will aim to do just that. A Government announcement says: People using a hand-held mobile phone in all...

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Last orders please…

18/10/2020

From 1 January 2021, UK businesses that export, import or transport goods to and from the EU will need to comply with a number of new regulations. Inevitably, some will fall short and these will create delays, in your goods reaching EU customers, the goods of EU suppliers reaching you, and transport drivers spending more time than is...

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New Freeports to cope with Brexit

14/10/2020

The government is moving ahead with plans to build free trade zones - known as Freeports - across Britain after Brexit. Freeports are a special kind of port where normal tax and customs rules do not apply. In their place, simplified customs procedures and duty suspensions on goods applies. The initiative would allow firms to import...

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Students warned of tax scams

14/10/2020

HMRC is warning new students starting university that they could be targeted by scammers trying to steal their money and personal details. As new students start the academic year they can be particularly vulnerable to tax scams. Coupled with an increase in remote working due to the pandemic can leave students particularly exposed to the...

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Applying for Green Homes Grants

14/10/2020

Home owners and landlords in England can apply for a grant to make their home more energy efficient. The Green Homes Grant will cover at least two-thirds of the cost up to £5,000 per household. For low income households these grants will cover all costs up to £10,000. The scheme runs until 31 March 2021. The Green Homes Grants provides...

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New three-tier COVID-19 alert levels

14/10/2020

On 12 October, the Prime Minister announced the introduction of a new three-tier system of local COVID-19 alert levels across England. The new system sets the levels at medium, high and very high based on local transmission rates. The legislation to write the new three-tier system into law was approved by Parliament on 13 October...

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Are your construction clients ready for reverse charge changes?

14/10/2020

New VAT rules for building contractors and sub-contractors come into effect from 1 March 2021. The new rules will make the supply of construction services between construction or building businesses subject to the domestic reverse charge. The reverse charge will only apply to supplies of specified construction services to other businesses...

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