Top 5 Things In Payroll To Know This Week – 28/05/2021

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Hello and welcome to the latest Top 5 Things To Know In Payroll This Week!  

Some furlough news this week with the long overdue change to the ability to upload claims for fewer than 100 employees. 



1. Furlough claims for 16+ employees can now be uploaded

Finally after a year of submitting claims online for the Coronavirus Job Retention scheme, the number of employees that can be uploaded has been reduced to 16.  There are two templates available now. One for 16-99 employees and one for 100 plus employees. 

You can download a template if you’re claiming for:

You need to upload the template when you claim.



2. Advisory Fuel Rates updated 

The advisory fuel rates to use from 1 June 2021 have now been published. 

The advisory electricity rate for fully electric cars is 4 pence per mile.

Hybrid cars are treated as either petrol or diesel cars for advisory fuel rates.

The advisory fuel rates for petrol, LPG and diesel cars are shown in these tables.

From 1 June 2021

You can use the previous rates for up to 1 month from the date the new rates apply.

Engine sizePetrol – rate per mileLPG – rate per mile
1400cc or less11 pence8 pence
1401cc to 2000cc13 pence9 pence
Over 2000cc19 pence14 pence
Engine sizeDiesel – rate per mile
1600cc or less9 pence
1601cc to 2000cc11 pence
Over 2000cc13 pence

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3. Call to extend furlough if lockdown lifting delayed

The government may need to consider extending the furlough scheme and other support measures if its roadmap out of lockdown is knocked off course by rising Covid-19 infection rates.

This is according to the chief executive of UK Hospitality, who said that the reopening of hospitality venues last month had been “far from a Champagne moment” after a challenging year for the industry.

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4. Employment Bill: Committees call on Government to bring forward workers’ rights plans

The Chairs of the Work and Pensions Committee and the BEIS Committee have called on the Government to bring forward the Employment Bill to tackle insecure work and guarantee the rights of workers in the gig economy.

The two Committees wrote to Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng earlier this month after there was no mention of the legislation in the Queen’s Speech. In his response, published today, the Secretary of State said the Employment Bill would be introduced ‘when the time is right’ and ‘not while the pandemic is ongoing’.

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5. Payroll Forum: Apprenticeships

In June I will be focusing on the payroll apprenticeship, how it works, why it exists and how you can fund it.  I will also be joined by a number of training providers that you can speak to about your requirements.


  • 9-9:30am                   Connect – networking on virtual tables
  • 9:30-10am                 Introduction to Apprenticeships by Kevin Waller
  • 10-10:10am               Meet the training providers
  • 10:10-10:40am          Reviewing the apprenticeship by Ian Holloway
  • 10:40-10:50am          Meet the training providers
  • 10:50-11:20am          End Point Assessment with Polly Sinclair
  • 11:20-12pm               Apprenticeship roundup with Kevin, Ian and Polly – a short discussion session followed by networking on virtual tables.


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