daily update from John Bridge OBE DL

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Reminder of key dates

• Claiming for employees furloughed on or before 30 June. Claim by 31 July for employees furloughed through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) for periods ending on or before 30 June.
• Get ready for changes from 1 August. Employers will no longer be able to use a CJRS grant to cover National Insurance (NI) and pension contributions for furloughed employees from 1 August. You can submit August claims in advance, from 20 July. 

• Working out your claims. Use HMRC’s online examples and calculator to help work out what you can claim, for claims ending on or before 31 July. From 10 July you will also be able to use these to help you work out claims ending on or before 31 August.

• Made a mistake on your claim? You can now delete a claim online within 72 hours of submitting it.

• More information on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is available here.  

How to treat certain expenses and benefits provided to employees during coronavirus

Information about ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19) tests’ has been added here . If you’re providing testing kits to your employees, outside of the government’s national testing scheme, either directly or by purchasing tests that are carried out by a third party, no Income Tax or Class 1A National Insurance contributions will be due.

Further Education (FE) reform

In a recent speech, the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson MP announced plans for fundamental change in FE and a White Paper which will be published in the Autumn.

The Department for Education (DfE)’s plans include:
• Dropping the 50% target for school leavers to go to university
• A focus on intermediate and higher technical qualifications (level 4 and 5)
• A greater recognition of the role of colleges in providing adult lifelong learning.

You can read his speech here.

T Levels update 

The Department for Education (DfE) has recently sent a letter to all T Level providers which provides details on:
• The T Levels that will be available for delivery from 2022 and 2023
• Further information on when the approved 2021 technical qualifications will be available
• Revisions to some T Level course titles.

You can find the details here.  


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