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Boris’ plan for the NHS

Boris’ plan for the NHS

Boris’ plan for the NHS After winning the general election last month Conservative leader Boris Johnson has confirmed that the NHS would be a top priority for the government. The Conservative manifesto stated that the NHS budget will increase by £33.9 billion by...

Hawsons makes history after 165 years in business

Hawsons Chartered Accountants is 165 years old  Hawsons Chartered Accountants was founded in the city of Sheffield in 1854 – more than 25 years before the creation of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales – by Alfred Allott and John Hewett....

The Election Result: What are the tax implications?

The Election Result: What are the tax implications?

Tax implications of the Election Result The general election has ended and the Conservatives have secured a large majority winning 365 seats. What does this mean for tax?  How will the election result affect you or your business? Tax expert Craig Walker provides a...

Nursing shortages begin as baby boomer population begin to retire

Nursing shortages begin as baby boomer population begin to retire

Nursing shortages begin as baby boomer population begin to retire As the baby boomer population begin to retire, hospitals are struggling to recruit and retain nurses. According to a new survey the contributing factors are due to burnouts and violence in the...

NHS to pay doctors tax bills to avoid winter staffing crisis

NHS to pay doctors tax bills to avoid winter staffing crisis

The NHS have taken action to avoid winter treatment delays by deciding to cover all senior doctors tax bills. Senior doctors and consultants are refusing to work overtime as they are worried it could prompt a large pension tax charge. The reason for this is because if...

NHS pension tax causes doctors to cut hours

NHS pension tax causes doctors to cut hours

A report compiled by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) has shown that some NHS services are struggling to remain open as doctors cut their hours to avoid being taxed on their pensions. Doctors are often refusing additional work as the taxes on pensions can...

Biggest challenge for care homes is to recruit and retain staff

Biggest challenge for care homes is to recruit and retain staff

According to global property adviser Knight Frank, staffing is still the most difficult challenge in terms of cost and recruitment. The ‘Care homes trading performance review – 2019’ has shown that there is a lot of difficulty in attracting qualified nurses and...

NHS buildings maintenance cost backlog rises to £6.5bn

NHS buildings maintenance cost backlog rises to £6.5bn

New figures have discovered that as of April 2019 the NHS estimated cost to implement urgent repairs to “high risk” had increased by almost £60m in a year from £1.038bn to £1.095bn. (According to data from the Estates Returns Information Collection). Further...

State-backed indemnity scheme launched to save GPs thousands.

State-backed indemnity scheme launched to save GPs thousands.

From 1 April 2019, GPs will pay 80-90% less for their medico-legal cover due to a new state-backed indemnity scheme.  The scheme for GPs will cover all future clinical negligence claims for NHS work, however GPs will still need to maintain cover for work that falls...

Tax Rates 2018/2019

Tax Rates 2018/2019

Introduction We have summarised the key rates and allowances which are fundamental to our business and personal lives. We are sure that you will find them a useful point of reference and have set out below a few examples of how they can be used.   The cost of...

Autumn Budget 2017: Summary

Autumn Budget 2017: Summary

The Chancellor Philip Hammond presented his first Autumn Budget on Wednesday 22 November 2017. His report set out a number of actions the government will take including support for more housebuilding. His view is that the economy continues to grow and continues to...

Report shows one in 10 councils cut social care funding

Report shows one in 10 councils cut social care funding

A think tank has found that one in 10 councils have cut funding to social care, and has caused protesters to say that the system can no longer cope with the increasing demand. According to the Institute of Fiscal Studies, in real terms, between 2009 and 2015/16,...

What businesses need to know about the new GDPR

What businesses need to know about the new GDPR

What businesses need to know about new GDPR The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is set to come into force from May 2018. It will replace the current Data Protection Act and is the biggest overhaul of data protection legislation for over 25 years. GDPR will...

Input Tax – Beware of the pitfalls!

Input Tax – Beware of the pitfalls!

VAT expert Tony Nickson outlines the pitfalls to avoid when reclaiming input VAT. 1. Reclaims for purchases made before VAT registration It is important to ensure that the maximum amount of input VAT is reclaimed on your business expenditure. This includes input tax...

The Election result: What are the tax implications?

The Election result: What are the tax implications?

The Election result: What are the tax implications? The general election has ended in a hung parliament – the Conservative party have the most seats but do not have an overall majority. Theresa May has announced that she will form a government with the support of the...

Over the last two years GP contact with patients increased by 7.5%

Over the last two years GP contact with patients increased by 7.5%

Over the two years from 2014/15 to 2015/16 the amount of face-to-face and telephone contact between GPs and their patients rose 7.5%, according to a leading think tank. According to data from the Kings Fund, contacts between GPs and their patients rose faster than...

Brexit: Returning pensioners could cost NHS £500m

Brexit: Returning pensioners could cost NHS £500m

According to a health think tank, Brexit could cost the NHS a whopping £500m a year as British pensioners could return to the country if their right to free healthcare across Europe is withdrawn. In a report outlining the impact that leaving the EU could have on the...

Study finds two in five GPs set to quit in next five years

Study finds two in five GPs set to quit in next five years

40% of GPs in South West England have stated they would quit in the next five years, GP leaders have warned. It has also been found that 70% of GPs in the region intend to reduce their patient contact time. In the findings, it was found that low morale was a common...

Premises funding cuts could be on horizon for small practices

Premises funding cuts could be on horizon for small practices

Premises reimbursement for practices could be cut if they do not fit with future NHS strategy to "force the pace" of moves to larger care units, say NHS commissioners. It comes after a review that has warned 30% of practices are not large enough. These proposals came...

Care home 2017 Budget review and analysis

Care home 2017 Budget review and analysis

The Chancellor Philip Hammond presented the last Spring Budget on Wednesday 8 March 2017. In his speech the Chancellor was keen to point out that he wanted the tax system to be fair, particularly in relation to the distinction between employed and self-employed...

Sheffield care home fee review and market analysis 2017/18

Sheffield care home fee review and market analysis 2017/18

Following the introduction of the new National Living Wage on 1st April, this years care home fee review brings mixed feelings for the sector. While the increase is welcome, it is felt that it is not enough. Sheffield City Council have recommended that fees in 2017/18...

Small business 2017 Budget review and analysis for SMEs

Small business 2017 Budget review and analysis for SMEs

The Chancellor Philip Hammond presented the last Spring Budget on Wednesday 8 March 2017. In his speech the Chancellor was keen to point out that he wanted the tax system to be fair, particularly in relation to the distinction between employed and self-employed...

Further guidance issued on the Quality Payments Scheme

Further guidance issued on the Quality Payments Scheme

NHS England has published further guidance on the Quality Payment (QP) Scheme for community pharmacists which is intended to ease the pressure faced by GP practices whilst also improving the care of patients. A brief background As part of changes to the Community...

GP contract changes 2017/18

GP contract changes 2017/18

The Department of Health (DH) and the British Medical Association (BMH) have agreed a £238m overhaul for the 2017/18 GP contract. This will see funding cover rising expenses and CQC fees as well as the unplanned admissions Direct Enhanced Services (DES) being...

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