Helping Staff with Universal Credit

Sticking plastersBack in August, the Child Poverty Action Group flagged up a problem caused by the interaction between an employer’s choice of pay dates and their employee’s entitlement to universal credit. Although the recent budget did include some changes to universal credit, this particular problem wasn’t addressed. So, what can employers do about it?

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Real Pay Cycles Send Universal Credit Loopy

Part of the lunar cycleUniversal Credit is a monthly payment that is replacing six benefits, including Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit. It gives essential support for people who need it, including those in low paid jobs. However, the way it is calculated makes it highly sensitive to the exact dates when the worker is paid. As a result, employers choosing certain pay patterns can inadvertently make life very difficult for staff who receive Universal Credit.

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The Payroll Apprenticeship

A stack of booksWe have a terrific skills and resource crisis in the payroll profession just around the corner.  Not enough people are coming into the profession, and payroll training does not always equip existing staff with the relevant skills.  Whilst they have always been a route into a career or used for career changes, apprenticeships have achieved a higher profile in recent months and years. Read more The Payroll Apprenticeship

Farewell, Government Gateway

A heart shape in an old gatewayThe Government Gateway is a collection of computers which work together in order to accept electronic submissions on behalf of HMRC and other government departments.

It was launched in 2001, and our system has been sending payroll returns to the gateway since 2005, starting with the old year end forms P14 and P35. The format of the submissions has changed many times over the years and, since 2013, it has been in the form of Real Time Information (RTI). After nearly 17 years of service, it will soon be time for the Government Gateway to retire. According to HMRC’s plan, the gateway will stop accepting RTI submissions on the 14th February, 2018.

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