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Direct Payments Support Service Employer Bulletin

November 2015

The purpose of the monthly bulletin is to provide you with general information around your employer responsibilities but will change from time to time as and when legislation does so it is important that you read it each month. We are here to help, so if you have any queries please contact us.

Employment allowance

From the 6 April 2015, Direct Payment employers can claim ‘Employment Allowance’. This means that you can reduce the amount of Employer’s National Insurance contributions you pay by up to £2,000 per year depending on how much Employer’s National Insurance you pay. The employment allowance is not a grant, it works by reducing the amount you need to pay.

As your payroll agent, we are checking the amount (if any) of employer’s national insurance that you pay. This does not include any amounts that your personal assistant pays, just the employer’s contribution. If you have paid any since April 2015 we will offset this against any future payments due to HMRC. We are working our way through all of our employer’s and hope to have made all adjustments by the next payroll date.

If you have any further queries please contact our office on 01325 360524.

Skills for Care - Training

There are free training opportunities available for Direct Payment employers, their Personal Assistants and carers and disabled people, who may want to become Direct Payment employers. DAD are organising and facilitating training courses which are funded by Skills for Care.

Courses cover areas such as:

• Health and Safety
• Manual Handling
• First Aid
• Autism Awareness
• Auto-Enrolment
• The Care Act 2014
• Food Hygiene and many more!!

The courses will take place mainly at DAD’s Independent Living Hub and include:

• Free half day or full day courses
• Refreshments
• Travel expenses
• Replacement support
• Introduction to learning and further learning options
• Updating skills or learning new skills
• Opportunities to meet new people

Courses will begin in September 2015 and run until February 2016. People can choose to attend one or more courses. Numbers are limited so places need to be booked as possible please. Places will initially be offered to those who have not previously attended Skills For Care and DAD courses - those who have previously attended training will be placed on a waiting list.

To book a place and for more information, please contact Jo Crawford on 01325 357533 or email Jo