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Breaking Point – A report of the school funding crisis in 2016/17

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The NAHT have recently released their second survey of members on school funding. There were 1102 respondents of head teachers and school business managers in November and December 2016 The key messages are very similar…

Latest bench-marking survey reveals concerns

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Seven out of ten academies are operating with accounting losses, as budgets are being squeezed and schools seek to find cost savings, according to an independent survey of academies. In its 2017 release, the sixth…

Tax changes will hit non-doms

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Time is fast running out for non-UK domiciled individuals living in the UK to sort out their tax affairs ready for major changes in April, warns Top 40 accountants Bishop Fleming. UK residents from overseas…

Accountants call for clarity over scrapping of class 2 NICs

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Top 40 accountants Bishop Fleming are calling on the government to be open and honest about its plans to reform National Insurance Contributions (NICs) paid by the self-employed. The firm fears that the promised £145…

Conversion grant for local authorities

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Recently local authorities have been charging schools for an element of the legal costs incurred by the local authority for the conversion process. The DfE have now recognised that the conversion process has been increasing…

Beware of insolvency-related scam

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A recent scam attempt came to our attention that we thought businesses and individuals should be aware of. Malcolm Rhodes explains. We received a telephone call from a creditor on a liquidation closed last year. The caller…

Call for action on the taxation of Image Rights

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The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has recommended that the government takes urgent action to address image rights taxation. It wants to see reforms included in the next Finance Bill to ensure related tax revenue is no…

Payroll changes continue with no let up after two decades

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The ever-growing complexity of dealing with payroll can best be illustrated by taking a brief look at what has happened over the last twenty years. The payroll function has morphed into a monster of red…

The P11d season is upon us

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It’s that time of year again when attention moves from self-assessment deadlines to completing forms P11d to record employee benefits. So what are the changes to watch out for in the 2016/17 form, and what…

Automatic Enrolment results in seven million new pensions

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More than seven million people have now been put into a pension by their employer as a result of automatic enrolment (AE). The latest AE declaration of compliance report also shows that more than 340,000…