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01 Jul 2020

Flexible Furlough Starts Today

22 Jun 2020

Flexible Furlough Calculations

The availability of flexible furloughing from 1 July is very welcome, but as predicted there is much uncertainty over the calculations.

18 Jun 2020

Ziggy Zagger Oi Oi Oi

When David Bowie first became famous he was known as Ziggy Stardust and the band was called The Spiders From Mars. They were actually from Hull, including Greatfield's finest Mick Ronson. Bowie wanted the band name to depict a barren, lifeless place to fit his character but his manager insisted that it had to be Mars.

15 Jun 2020

The Mask Of Sorrow

HMRC confirmed that if anyone forgot to cancel their DD and paid VAT which could have deferred, they can now obtain a refund so all is not lost

13 Jun 2020

Changes to Furlough Scheme from 1 July

See important changes below. Aside from the well publicised reduction in rebates to employers from August onwards the biggest change is the availability of part-time furloughing from 1st July.

10 Jun 2020

The Untouchables

In Chicago 25 people are killed and 85 injured by gunfire in a three day period, including 18 killed in a single day.

09 Jun 2020

Last Call For First Time Employee Furlough

Although the Furlough Scheme is scheduled to run until the end of October it cannot be used for any employee who has not completed at least one three week furlough period before the end of June.

08 Jun 2020

Bullseye

Britain loves a quiz which is handy since that's what many of the government C19 updates seem to resemble. Punters are left scratching their heads about it all afterwards, last Friday it was NHS heads who no one had seen fit to inform that face masks were going to be made compulsory in hospitals. Nice little surprise to ruin whatever was left of their weekend.

05 Jun 2020

Furlough Scheme Changes

Full details of changes are to be announced on Friday 12 June but see below important things which need to be considered before Wednesday 10 June.

04 Jun 2020

Yorkshire Stingo

Not many new developments in C19 world recently so to liven things up how about a quiz with a prize for the winner?

01 Jun 2020

For he's a jolly good furlough

There was some relief on Friday when Dishi Rishi, my words but not my opinion I Wishi to point out, announced the expected wind down of the furlough scheme though not quite as quickly as feared.

28 May 2020

Outdoor Six

Boris announced tonight that groups of up to six people could meet up so long as it was outdoors.

26 May 2020

The Hamshank Redemption

You may recall that in the last bulletin I made a small joke at the expense of the banjo. This prompted a communication from a Mr.H.Billy of Louisiana who was very annoyed about this.

22 May 2020

Yeah, Yeah, It's Not Fair

There were two big blows yesterday, not unexpectedly, to the local social scene. Hull Fair, which has been on the go for over 700 years and attracts huge crowds, was cancelled for the first time since WW2.

21 May 2020

Triffid Rodders, Triffid

The ongoing mad situation has reminded me of a book I had to study in English Literature many years ago called The Day Of The Triffids.

21 May 2020

Hull Business Discretionary Grant Fund - Apply from today

The help from Hull City Council is targeted at those businesses which have not qualified for previous assistance, for example those in rented premises where they are not registered for business rates.

21 May 2020

Holiday entitlement and pay during coronavirus (COVID-19)

An explanation of how holiday entitlement and pay operate during the coronavirus pandemic, where it differs from the standard holiday entitlement and pay guidance. This issue is starting to come up more now as employers and employees get to grips with a return to work and thoughts turn to the future working arrangements.

19 May 2020

SSP Rebate Scheme Launches on 26 May

The coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme will launch online on 26 May.

18 May 2020

C19s R Us

I now realise it is even harder to do a backwards R on a computer keyboard than an umlaut. Only because there was a story that the R rate is currently higher in Yorkshire than anywhere else which is not good but hopefully just a blip.

15 May 2020

I'm forever blowing bubbles

Have you noticed how the government keeps floating out ideas like bubbles, see how high they go before they burst?

14 May 2020

Jason and the Amynaut

As you know the idea of these is to try and provide a bit of uplift amongst the gloom. What better then than to recall that 90 years ago local lass Amy Johnson flew solo from Britain to Australia. How is that for an example of bravery and ultimate triumph against the odds?

12 May 2020

The Snitches of Eastwick

For Eastwick read Anywhere UK. Just recently it was South Cave according to Hull Daily Mail, whereby some residents reported the pub for allegedly letting people drink in the beer garden. The pub then allegedly retaliated by reporting the VE Day plans as breaking social distancing.

12 May 2020

Chancellor extends furlough scheme until October

The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until the end of October, the Chancellor announced today (Tuesday 12 May 2020).

08 May 2020

Words

I have mentioned before how things sometimes appear unexpectedly. Usually it is one or more Brian Coxes but today, it was Mondegreen.

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