On 31 March 2020, the government confirmed that construction sites may continue working during the coronavirus outbreak.
Contractors must ensure that they work within the industry's Site Operating Procedure (SOP). [20.03] Read More
From 1 April 2020, non-emergency phone calls to 101 will be free. The 15p call charge is abolished.
The 101 service receives about 30 million calls a year. It allows for the non-urgent reporting of crime.
if your car has been stolen
if your property has been damaged
if you suspect drug use or dealing in your neighbourhood
to give the police informati... Read More
On 30 March 2020, the Pensions Regulator (TPR) published new guidance allowing employers temporarily to cease their defined benefit (DB) responsibilities for up to three months.
DB schemes will also be available to delay requests to transfer out of a scheme by three months.
These delays will allow trustees a longer timeframe to calculate the cash equivalent transfer value (CETV) in a way tha... Read More
On 30 March 2020, the Home Secretary announced changes to the procedures for checking the right to work during the coronavirus outbreak.
The change is that employers are not required to see original documents.
The Home Office suggests these steps instead:
Request that the worker submits a signed copy or a photo of the original documents via email or using a mobile app
Arran... Read More
Manufacturing industry may continue working, the government has confirmed.
This applies when the nature of the work means that the worker cannot work from home. The workers must observe other coronavirus requirements, such as social distancing of two metres and regular hand washing. [20.03] Read More
From 25 March 2020, stamp duty may only be paid electronically. That means it must be paid using Faster Payment, BACS or CHAPS.
Any cheques will not be banked until the outbreak is over. That means the stamp duty will not be regarded as having been paid in time, meaning that interest and penalties can be applied.
Stamp duty is now limited to share transactions.
This change does not affect... Read More
Prime minister Boris Johnson tested positive for Coronavirus on 27 March 2020. He has self-isolated at 10 Downing Street, where he sent a video message saying he has mild symptoms but can continue to work via video technology. Should the prime minister become seriously incapacitated, his role would be assumed by foreign secretary Dominic Raab.
On the same day, health secretary Matt Hancock MP t... Read More
The coronavirus outbreak provides more opportunities for fraudsters, according to the Government Counter Fraud Function.
Public bodies are urged to put into extra controls on payments. [20.03] Read More
On 31 March 2020, the European Central Bank asked all European banks to suspend dividends and share buybacks until October 2020.
This will preserve liquidity, and allow the banks to support individuals and businesses. [20.03] Read More
Directors' salaries paid through the payroll where PAYE is operated come within the scope of the coronavirus job retention scheme, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales has said.
Further details are awaited. [20.03] Read More