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Abolition of employers National Insurance contributions for the under 21s

If you employ anyone under 21 years old you will no longer have to pay Class 1 secondary National Insurance contributions on earnings up to the new Upper Secondary Threshold (UST) for those employees.  This comes into effect from 6 April 2015 so be prepared to change the NI Category letters of those employees to … Continued

Connection Vouchers

British Government’s SuperConnected Cities programme is offering businesses as chance to upgrade their internet connection through the Broadband Connection Vouchers scheme. Click here to find out if you’re eligible to apply for up to £3,000 to cover the installation costs of upgrading to a faster and more reliable connection for your business.

Electrical Safety Checks in the Private Rental Sector

The Scottish Government has issued Statutory Guidance on Electrical Installations and Appliances in Private Rented Property (click here to download). This statutory guidance is part of the Scottish Government Advice Pack for Private Landlords and is issued under sections 13(4A) and 19B(4) of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006. It follows work by Electrical Safety First, … Continued

The value of real apprenticeships

SELECT’s Managing Director, Newell McGuiness has appeared in the Editor’s letters page of today’s (2nd March) Herald newspaper. This followed an article by Ian McConnell about apprenticeships (“Apprenticeships could become a dirty word under Cameron plan”, which appeared in the Herald on 20th February). In his letter, Newell said “ Ian’s main point that we … Continued