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The latest press releases and opinion from Bishop Fleming

Should care workers be paid to sleep?

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A brief guide to whether care workers who sleep during their shift are entitled to be paid the National Living Wage. The National Living Wage (NLW) has increased staff costs for care homes, and with…

Taking care of care homes after the Autumn Statement

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There is an urgent need for the government to step in and help solve the acute funding crisis that is eating away at the care sector, warns Top 40 accountants, Bishop Fleming. Tim Godfrey, Partner…

National Minimum Wage increase from 1 October 2016

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The National Minimum Wage (NMW) for workers under the age of 25 is to increase from 1 October 2016. (Workers aged 25 and over are entitled to the National Living Wage (NLW), which was introduced…

Is the public sector getting value for money?

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Tim Borton argues it is getting easier for SMEs to compete for public sector contracts. The government’s on-going austerity is driving public sector bodies to achieve better value for money, creating outsourcing opportunities for private…

Care Homes Diagnosed As In Serious To Critical Condition

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The outlook for care homes in the UK ranges from serious to critical, as staff costs, nurse shortages, poor funding and increasing red tape are draining the lifeblood out of the sector. The prognosis is…

People with Significant Control Register (PSC Register) – Q&A’s

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What is the People with Significant Control Register (PSC Register)? From 6 April 2016, UK Companies and Limited Liability Partnerships are required to maintain a PSC register and investigate any potential PSC’s who may require…

Buying or selling a commercial property? Think about capital allowances now!

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We are coming across a number of cases where a buyer of a commercial property, such as a care home, hotel or office block, is coming to us for advice on capital allowances after the…

Care homes get star ratings

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Care homes can now be star rated on a new government website. Residents and relatives will be able to post reviews and award care homes up to five stars for the quality of care they provide. The website…

Care homes: four years in turmoil

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Care homes in England face financial pressure from government plans to further slash local authority funding by 6.7% over the next four years. Budget cuts up to 2020 will inflict further austerity on the provision of…

Doctors in Distress over NHS

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Almost half of all GP doctors want to quit the NHS in protest at the current state of general practice, a survey by Pulse magazine has revealed. The leading healthcare journal has revealed that a…