Are You Ready for the Changes in Employment Law?

If you employ people in your business, you already have plenty of things to remember for their terms of employment. Well, since 6th April there are two more — and not being ready for them could land you in trouble. Changes to Flexible Working Rules The Covid lockdown finally put paid to the already dying traditional model of working, where everyone came into a workplace and stayed from nine till five. Depending on th
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Council mulls setting up debt collection agency

I was intrigued to read that a northern council is mulling over the idea of setting up an in-house debt collection agency to chase outstanding council tax. The council involved is Redcar and Cleveland and the plans, while at an early stage, will be discussed by councillors before the financial year ends. The story was broken by the Northern Echo, after the newspaper received a letter from a whistleblower who was conc
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Rent arrears – tips for landlords who want to stay in business

Rent arrears are at their lowest since spring 2010, according to a survey by the National Landlords Association, with void periods in private residential property also falling. Last year nearly half of landlords said they had tenants in arrears but that figure had fallen by nine points to 41% in the most recent survey, published in March. Strong demand from tenants meant only a third of landlords said they had empty
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Landlords face big changes under Universal Credit

When 500 landlords were asked about their concerns for 2013, 96% told the National Landlords Association they feared problems with the introduction of Universal Credit. Iain Duncan Smith’s attempt to limit the social security bill began in parts of Greater Manchester and Cheshire from April. It will be rolled out across the rest of the country between October 2013 and October 2017. Under the new system, most benefits
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