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Direct Payments Support Service Employer Bulletin

September 2014

We send an Employer Bulletin with every payroll that we process. The bulletin provides 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.

Double Tax month

Once a year two tax payments are due in the same month. We did not ask for any tax payments in the last period so this period the tax due will be higher than normal as it covers two periods. If you have any queries about this please do not hesitate to contact us.

Changes to flexible working

From 30 June 2014, all employees have the legal right to request flexible working - not just parents and carers. Employees must have worked for you for at least 26 weeks to be eligible. What is important is that this change is the right to request, not the right to have. If you need any further information please get in touch.

Auto Enrolment

Every employer now has a legal duty to help their workers save for their retirement. Employers must enrol certain workers (depending on their age, working hours and pay) into a qualifying workplace pension scheme and make contributions towards it. This will come into force for many of you in 2016 / 2017 but could be earlier. The Pensions Regulator will write to you approximately 18 months before you need to start doing this - when you receive a letter from them please let us know as soon as possible.

Minimum Wage

The National Minimum Wage is the minimum pay per hour all workers are entitled to by law. The rate is currently set at £6.31 per hour but is due to increase in October 2014. If you employ a PA on this rate it will need to increase in October and you will need to budget this rate. If you would like any support with this please contact us.

Skills for Care - Training grants

If you employ your own care and support staff, you can apply for a grant from Skills for Care to pay for training for you and your personal assistant. The type of training you could use the money for is:

• being a good employer/boss
• health and social care qualifications
• food hygiene and nutrition
• emergency first aid
• communication skills
• condition specific awareness like dementia, stroke, autism, spinal injuries.

To find out more and to apply, visit the Individual Employer Funding page on the Skills for Care Website - www.skillsforcare.org.uk.  The money is available until 27th February 2015 and any course and qualifications must be paid for and started by the 31st March 2015. If you would like any support you with this then please get in touch.

Sharing support

Did you know you can pool your budget together with other Direct Payment users to get even better outcomes?
We are currently trying to facilitate a young lady called Katy to have the opportunity to share some of her Direct Payment hours with another young person. Katy would like someone with similar interests to share her support with her and her existing Personal Assistant (or potentially with the other young person’s Personal Assistant). This will enable her to get more support for no extra cost and more importantly, give her the chance to make friendships and to enjoy the social and leisure opportunities she can access with another young person rather than just on a one-to-one with an adult. 

Please see below to see if you, your son/daughter or the person you care for is interested in sharing support with Katy and contact the Direct Payment Support Service on 01325 360524 for more information.

My name is Katy
I am 13 years old and I have Down Syndrome.
My favourite TV shows are Mike the Knight, Horrid Henry and Spongebob Squarepants.
I like horse riding, swimming, going to the cinema and 10 pin bowling. I also like to go out on bike rides ( I have a tricycle) and have recently started drama with Artsparks.
I like to play with my dolls, and my favourite one is called Jellybeans.
I like lots of animated films including Shrek, Toy story, Despicable Me, Madagascar and Ice Age.
I love my rabbit Rosie and I like dogs so long as they are quiet and don’t jump up at me.
I don’t like being in noisy places (except if I am making the noise!) and I don’t like Pizza. My favourite foods are Chips and Ketchup.
People say I am very friendly and I love to talk to everyone and say nice things about them.