IReeN Bulletin 15-11-16

IReeN News Bulletin 15-11-16

Well the clocks have gone back, the weather has got colder and the US has a new President Elect! but what else is has happened in the world of Payroll and Pensions over the last month!

The Information Commissioners Office has confirmed that the General Data Protection Regulations will come into effect in the UK in 2018.

Read their blog here.

Two updates from the Pension Regulator



A message from the SDSTeam
Dear Developer,
We want to make it as easy and as quick as possible for you to contact HMRC.
We’re looking at new ways of providing the support you need from HMRC. We will trial some of these with you, and we will be really interested in your feedback. We will make a number of small changes as we introduce our new support services.
One of the first changes is that from the 5th December 2016 the SDS team will no longer be able to provide inbound telephone support to 03000 518 308. The last day of telephony support will be 2nd December.
You’ll still be able to email the team as usual at, and we’ll continue to provide outbound telephone support where needed. We still need to talk with you!
You can also contact the team by using the ‘get help with this page’ link on the API Developer hub.
If you have any feedback or suggestions for ways in which we can communicate and support you, we’d really like to know.

Jim Harra, tax assurance commissioner at HMRC, has been making soothing noises about Making Tax Digital (MTD) while the tax department digests responses to the consultation documents.
AccountinWeb report on them here.

Issue 62 of HMRC Employer Bulletin was published in October

The Office for Tax Simplification has announced that Paul Morton will be appointed as it's new Tax Director to replace John Whiting who is retiring from the role.

Read the announcement in full here.

Apprenticeship Funding from May 2017
Good morning all
Below is an update in respect of the Apprenticeship funding.
From May 2017, the way apprenticeships are funded is changing – today we’ve set out how it will work. Our apprenticeship reforms will support an increase in the quality and quantity of apprenticeships so that more individuals have the chance to pursue a successful career – whether this is their first step on the employment ladder or progression within a current employer or sector. We want to make apprenticeships as accessible as possible, to all people, from all backgrounds and the funding reforms are an important step in enabling this.

After extensive discussions with employers and training providers we have now published the final funding policy for 2017-18 and details of the new register of apprenticeship training providers. Your feedback was vital in helping us make adjustments to the funding policy since our proposals in August, which will help ensure that the reforms benefit more employers and apprentices.  Today we have announced some key changes:
-          Give employers extra flexibility and the extra time they need to plan for the reforms by extending the expiry date of levy contributions to 24 months (from the 18 months originally proposed);
-          Introduce a system for employers to transfer funds from 2018, working with a new employer steering group to design this system so that it meets their needs;
-          Help training providers adapt to the new, simpler funding model, by increasing their funding by an extra 20% where they train 16 to 18 year olds on frameworks. This will come from government and not from employers' digital accounts.  This transitional payment will ensure stability as the market adjusts to reforms;
-          Retain a simplified version of the current system of support for those from disadvantaged areas for one year whilst we conduct a fuller review into the best way to support individuals from all backgrounds into apprenticeships.
-          Employers paying the levy will be able to choose a provider from the new Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers. All providers on the register will have to pass quality and financial tests.  Providers who want to deliver less than £100k of apprenticeship training per year as a subcontractor can choose to apply for the register but it will not be compulsory.   The new register will open for applications later today and at the same time we will launch a procurement for apprenticeship delivery for smaller employers who will not pay the levy.
So you can get the information you need to plan for the reforms, I am pleased to confirm that we have published:
Apprenticeship funding in England from May 2017. This document sets out our final policy on how apprenticeship training will be funded from May 2017.  This includes the final funding bands for existing apprenticeship frameworks and standards.  The SFA has also published the detailed funding rules that underpin the policy.
A revised apprenticeship funding calculator.  We have produced a revised version of this popular tool to help employers understand what levy they will pay and how they could use the new digital service to plan and fund training.
Updated guidance on the apprenticeship levy: how it will work.  We have also updated the existing online guidance, which gives employers a clear explanation of how they will pay the levy, manage and use their funds in the new system. 
The approach to the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers. This document sets out our final policy on the register, following feedback.  The SFA will also be launching applications for the register and associated procurement later today (25th October).  

Issue 20 of the Countdown Bulletin was published in October

Employment law to be carried over ‘wherever practical’ after Brexit

Greg Pitcher from Management Today looks at the responses from David Jones, minister of state at the Department for Exiting the European Union 

Why the Uber tribunal judgement is important for ‘gig economy’ employers

Lee Rogers from Management Today looks at the recent judgement.


And finally…..

Member Emma Parsons from Oldham would be interested to hear from anyone who has any views or further information on Off-payroll Working in the Public Sector.
Here is the Technical Note and Consultation Document in respect of Personal Service Companies e.g. Off-payroll Working in the Public Sector.
You can contact Emma via

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