The main contents of the Budget, like most ministerial announcements these days, were leaked well in advance of yesterday’s announcement by the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak. He continues with his well-publicised aim to keep to the government manifesto promises and set the UK back on track to reduce its indebtedness arising from the pandemic.
Below is a summary of the main points that we understand will impact you.
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - Extended
The Furlough Scheme has been extended until 30 September 2021 and the level of grant available to employers under the scheme will remain the same until 30 June 2021.
From July 2021, the Government contribution will reduce to 70% dropping down to 60% in August 2021.
To be eligible for the grant employers must continue to pay their furloughed employees at least 80% of their wages, up to a cap of £2,500 per month for the time they spend on furlough.
Income Tax Thresholds
The personal allowance will increase to £12,570 and remain frozen at this level through to the end of 2026. The basic rate tax threshold will increase to £37,700 and will also remain frozen at this level through to 2026.
Different rates and allowances apply to Scotland and can be found here
Primary Care Support England have introduced a new online form to be used for all GP Payments and Pension administration and queries. The form will be available on their Contact Us Page here https://pcse.england.nhs.uk/contact-us/
When the new form is live, the email addresses firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com will no longer be monitored, and all forms and queries must be submitted online.
On the topic of GP Pensions, we are still waiting for NHS Pensions to release the 2016/17 Certificate of Pensionable Profit form for GPs which must be submitted by 28 February 2018.