Tax-free childcare roll out

The implementation of Tax-Free Childcare, the new government scheme to help working parents with the cost of childcare, is being rolled out to eligible parents in stages. The scheme first made its debut in April 2017 and although there have been initial systems problems, HMRC's aim is to have the scheme open to all eligible… Continue reading Tax-free childcare roll out

The benefits of becoming an apprentice

By deciding to do an apprenticeship the transition from school into the working world was made a lot easier. I still wanted to learn and get qualifications but I found this difficult to do in a classroom as the learning was not hands-on. By doing an apprenticeship I gained intimate knowledge of the work environment… Continue reading The benefits of becoming an apprentice

Are you a parent? What are your childcare choices?

In our Winter 2016 newsletter we led with an article about the new Tax-Free Childcare scheme that was expected to be launched in early 2017. HM Revenue and Customs have today launched the Childcare Choices website which can be reached from the related article: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-families-will-soon-see-bills-cut-as-date-announced-for-the-launch-of-tax-free-childcare The article also gives details of the availability of up… Continue reading Are you a parent? What are your childcare choices?

Shared parental leave – What are you entitled to?

Shared parental leave (SPL) allows employed parents and adopters to share leave and pay with their partner to care for children from birth until their first birthday. Only employees can take SPL; they must have a partner (separated partners still qualify if sharing responsibility for care of child at the time of birth) SPL allows… Continue reading Shared parental leave – What are you entitled to?

A day in the life of a junior accountant

Some of you may think that training to become an accountant involves going to university and graduating with a degree - but this is not always the case. Here is my day as a junior accountant: It’s the dreaded Monday morning and I’m waking up nice and early so that I can attempt to miss… Continue reading A day in the life of a junior accountant