The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has called on the government to increase the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates 'immediately' in order to guarantee decent living standards for families. Research carried out by the TUC found that UK poverty levels are 'likely to get worse' if ministers continue to hold down pay. Additional financial support for families announced by the Treasury ...

On behalf of all at Ward Williams, we offer sincerest condolences to the Royal Family following the passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II. We pay tribute to her lifelong dedication and service. ...

The Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act 2022 became law on 1 August 2022. This legislation applies to Overseas entities (particularly Branches) – whether already registered at Companies House or not, and individuals based overseas that wish to buy, sell, or transfer UK property or land. Overseas entities will need to register with Companies House who are their re ...

One in four businesses in the UK is finding Making Tax Digital (MTD) an ‘extremely’ or ‘very’ challenging issue, with concerns about the extension of the scheme to income tax. Over a quarter of small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) business owners highlighted compliance with MTD as one of the biggest issues impacting their day-to-day operations, while a growing number of bus ...

Here at Ward Williams we subscribe to a weekly delivery of fruit to each of our offices. The business case for providing fruit in the workplace is strong.  Providing fresh fruit to staff is the most cost-effective employee benefit which in turn increases staff productivity and promotes staff health and wellbeing. Most of the fruit is sourced from the UK and Western Europe to ...

New R&D legislation was published on 20 July 2022. Changes being introduced from 1 April 2023 will affect: companies claiming Research and Development Expenditure Credit (RDEC). small or medium enterprises (SME) R&D relief. companies that have made a Patent Box election. Whilst there are currently no major structural changes, the following are now confirmed: ...

All employers are required to pay their staff either the National Living Wage (for those aged 23 and over) or National Minimum Wage (for those of at least school leaving age). The Living Wage Foundation is a charity that campaigns for improved rates of pay for those on low wages, with accredited employers, including many charities, committed to paying their staff at pay rates o ...

The director of a Manchester pizza takeaway who fraudulently claimed a £20,000 bounce back loan has been jailed for two years. Abdulrazag Zagroba, 54, from Manchester, appeared at Manchester Crown Court on Friday 24 June 2022 where he was sentenced to 24 months before Recorder Hudson. This was the first successful criminal prosecution of a bounce bank loan fraudster for the I ...

Details have been published of how the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Business Rates Relief Scheme will work. The scheme only applies to England, and it will only apply for the 2022/23 financial year. The scheme will provide a 50% reduction in business rates for eligible properties up to a limit of £110,000 per corporate group. Eligible occupied properties are those which are ...

HMRC is extending the pilot for Making Tax Digital for Income Tax Self Assessment (MTD ITSA) to more self-employed workers and landlords. From July, those taking part will be able to test MTD ITSA before April 2024, including their own internal processes for managing MTD. Agents and customers are already taking part, and HMRC wants more agents to start signing up a small numb ...