The Nanny State

""Our message today is simple: we stood behind Britain's workers and businesses as we came into this crisis, and we will stand behind them as we come through the other side."

There has been growing concern about the cost of the scheme, and last week Mr Sunak said it could not continue in its current form.

However, he was under pressure to announce changes soon to avoid a so-called "cliff edge" in which employers begin mass redundancies...

""Nobody who is on the furlough scheme wants to be on this scheme," the chancellor said. "People up and down this country believe in the dignity of their work, going to work, providing for their families, it's not their fault their business has been asked to close or asked to stay at home.""

If only that were true...

"Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme grants are not classed as state aid.... Employers are free to consider allocating any critical business tasks to staff that are not furloughed."

Ergo ... it is not up to the employee to excuse themselves.

"If you have staff costs that are publicly funded (even if you’re not in the public sector), you should use that money to continue paying your staff, and not furlough your staff.Organisations can use the scheme if they are not fully funded by public grants and they should contact their sponsor department or respective administration for further guidance."

Ah, So ...

"“A society in which the government can confine most of the population without controversy is not one in which civilised people would want to live""

Know,  Your Boss.


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The Daily Grind

"You can find everything you need to know about the third SEISS grant on GOV‌‌‌.UK by searching 'Self-Employment Income Support', but here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions :

Eligible for the third SEISS grant?  During the SEISS online claim process, there are prompts for recovering lost UTR, NINO and Government Gateway credentials. Your should be able to get these details online without having to call HMRC.

What if business recovers after they’ve claimed the third grantIf business recovers after they’ve claimed, their eligibility will not be affected as this is based on their reasonable belief that their trading profits would have been significantly impacted when they made their claim.  Anyone who receives a grant must keep evidence in support of their claim.

You do not have to consider any other coronavirus scheme support payments already received when deciding whether they reasonably believe that they will suffer a significant reduction in trading profits. This reduction needs to be due to reduced activity, capacity, demand or inability to trade due to coronavirus during 1 November 2020 to 29‌‌ ‌January‌‌ ‌2021.

Keeps digging...

"“Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”"

"The Council has been informed by Government that all payments under the scheme are taxable.

The Council does not accept any responsibility in relation to an applicant’s tax liabilities and all applicants should make their own enquiries to establish any tax position. 

All applicants should note that the Council is required to inform Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) of all payments made to businesses."

However should you have more money in the vault than HMRC  ... ;-)

Always read the small print.

"“Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.”"

Ah, So ;-

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Spot the Irony?


In simple terms:   those that can won't and those who can't ... need an answer.

"“This planet has - or rather had - a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movement of small green pieces of paper, which was odd because on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.”"


"The UK government has announced that, from next month, tenants and landlords may be able to use a mediation service to iron out disputes and keep people in their homes."

"Fook glanced impatiently at his watch.
“How long?” he said.
“Seven and a half million years,” said Deep Thought.
Lunkwill and Fook blinked at each other.
“Seven and a half million years...!” they cried in chorus.
“Yes,” declaimed Deep Thought, “I said I’d have to think about it, didn’t I?""

""Because our industry is not reliant on business travel, we believe we will disproportionately benefit from the pent-up demand for vacation experiences as compared with many others in the travel sector," Mr Gulliksen said.""

"“Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.”"

"By the time you read this, the David Bowie tribute concert will be over, and an unholy alliance of Ricky Gervais, Yungblud, Boy George and the guy from Slipknot – and roughly two dozen more performers – should have put their best Bowie impressions to bed."

"that's just perfectly normal paranoia. Everyone in the Universe has that.”

Sleep Tight.