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02 November 2018

Weekly Brief 44 - Friday 2 November 2018

Autumn Budget shows Chancellor is listening to small businesses

The Chancellor's Budget included measures in several areas of tax, expenditure and public policy that are specifically targeted at helping the UK's small business community. The package included £900m of business rates support for small businesses on the high street; a freeze of the current VAT threshold for two years; the protection of the Employment Allowance which will now be focused on small employers to knock £3,000 off their National Insurance Bill; and a new pilot scheme to fund training for the self-employed that FSB will be taking part in. Mike Cherry, said it was the "most small-business-friendly budget that this Chancellor has delivered." FSB's take on the Budget was widely covered including at the Telegraph.

Guidance issued for haulage companies operating in EU 

Currently, UK lorry drivers carrying out international journeys must have a standard international operator's licence along with a community licence for journeys to, from or through the EU and EEA. From 29 March 2019, if there is no EU exit deal, the Government say that the EU and EEA countries may not recognise UK issued community licences.

In case of no deal, transport managers may wish to apply for ECMT international haulage permits for 2019, enabling them to drive in the EU and EEA. To apply, you need to be registered via the Vehicle Operator Licensing System (VOL) by Monday 12 November 2018. 

Statutory payments explained

Whether you're a new or an experienced employer, there's plenty of online help available from HMRC. Their online guide to 'Statutory Sick Pay' is interactive, easy to use and you can refer to it at any time. You can also sign up for live webinars, where you can ask questions using the on-screen text box.

New legislation on tips

FSB wants to hear from members who work in any sectors where tipping, gratuities or service charges are often used, such as restaurants, hairdressers and hotels. Government has announced that new legislation is to be introduced, which means that all tips should go in full to the workers providing the service. If this could impact you and your business, please contact Emelia Quist.

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