Entries by Meaby

Help to Buy – Changes from April 2021

The government has announced a new Help to Buy scheme to run from April 2021. It is restricted to first-time buyers and includes regional property price caps to ensure the scheme reaches people who need it most. There are no changes to the current Help to Buy equity loan scheme which runs to March 2021. […]

Progress of the Domestic Abuse Bill

The Domestic Abuse Bill is currently at the report stage in the House of Commons. The government has announced a complete overhaul of how courts will deal with domestic abuse cases, which includes the following measures:- separate entrances, waiting rooms and the ability to give evidence from behind a screen for victims; greater powers for […]

Advance Decisions

What is an Advance Decision? An Advance Decision (sometime referred to as a Living Will) is a way for you to set down now the type of medical treatment you might refuse in the future. You must include all treatments you wish to exclude in the document drawn up. The Advance Decision must be clear […]

Are you considering implementing staff redundancies and require more information about redundancy selection pools?

In the current climate many businesses are struggling, and if it wasn’t for the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS),commonly known as furlough, many would already have either reduced staff numbers or closed down. Many people view the furlough scheme as delaying the inevitable and that once the benefits of the scheme are reduced and […]

I have to attend a First Appointment – What should I expect?

An application for financial remedies is a three-stage process and the First Appointment is the hearing that comes at the end of the first stage. When the court issues an application for financial remedies it will set a timetable for dealing with the application and you will receive a document called a Notice of First […]

Property sales recover to pre-lockdown levels

There are clear signs that the property market is slowly starting to recover from the impact of Covid-19 as agents report an increase in new instructions and viewings. This is supported by an article in The Guardian which quotes property selling website Zoopla as noting that property sales in most of England have swiftly rebounded […]

Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has as expected this afternoon announced changes to the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough) and the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Here are those changes in outline. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (FURLOUGH) Companies wishing to make claims for new employees under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will not be […]

FURLOUGH FRAUD AND WHISTLEBLOWING ON THE INCREASE

It has been revealed by charities ‘Protect’ and ‘Whistleblowers UK’ that some employers are committing fraud by using the Furlough scheme to make large amounts of money by falsely claiming that employees have been furloughed. These charities are reporting that this is becoming a growing problem where a minority of employers are claiming up to […]