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Pension contributions set to rise

From 6th April 2019, the total minimum amount being paid into the workplace pension both by the employer and the employee will increase from 5% to 8 % of qualifying earnings due to a change in workplace pension regulations.  (This is based on a qualifying earnings scheme.) 

Pensions Costs

The recently announced proposed increase in Teachers’ Pensions Scheme (TPS) employer contributions from 1 September 2019, has shocked the academy sector. Treasury indications predict a rise to 23.6% - an increase of over 40%. Most schools were expecting a 2% to 3%. 

New Academies Financial Handbook 2018

The new handbook came into effect on 1 September 2018.  Although similar to the 2017 handbook, certain key items have been headlined at the front of the 2018 handbook as the “top ten musts” for chairs and trustees. These “musts” focus on three core functions of governance:

Top 100 UK hotel groups see profitability rise as tourist numbers grow

Profitability at the UK’s Top 100 hotel groups has risen 13% in the last year*, with pre-tax profits of £689 million, up from £609 million in the previous year.

Hotels are benefiting from the continued drop in the value of sterling that has led to rising numbers of overseas tourists coming to the UK. 2017 set a record for inbound tourism to the UK, with 39.2 million visits, up 4.3% in a year.
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