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So much talent.

At a charity conference last week.   What a mass of talent in the room: a former rugby player and singer, a defence specialist, a company law consultant, a member of a benefits tribunal, a tax specialist.   And those were only…

PIP: a bit of a rant!

Policy-makers want to reduce the costs of this benefit which supports people with disabilities. Firstly, PIP has nothing to do with work.  It doesn’t matter if those getting the benefit are working or not.  PIP is about the extra costs…

Ticket offices saved?

Talking on BBC Radio 5 Live last week about Labour’s plan to re-nationalise the railways, I was emphasising that 1-in-5 of the population are people with disabilities.   Add a travelling companion, carer, family member or friend, and the numbers affected…

Sticky mess

Definition of Vulnerability: sous-chef carefully pouring large container of warm sticky honey into jars and unable to defend himself without spreading stickiness everywhere.  Too tempting for tickling!   It’s been a week of charities.  Supporting the hand-over of Treasurers for…

HMRC Webinars

See the latest from HMRC below: Working out your taxable profit correctly starts with good record keeping and claiming the right expenses. It also means you pay the right amount of tax. Join our live webinars for more information, during…

Typical Monday morning?

Six tonnes of gravel arrived at o’crack sparrow to re-fill the drive.   Before the lorry could reverse and drop the enormous heap, one car to be moved and one bike rescued.   Most puzzling, the driver asked, “Have you got many…

News from the tax people

Changes to National Insurance Contribution rates to take effect on 6 April 2024 The Chancellor announced in his Budget on 6 March 2024: a cut to the main rate of Class 1 employee National Insurance Contribution (NICs) rate from 10%…

Eggxactly right for Easter.

Here it is: a riot of scattered eggs, chasing chicks and romping rabbits atop the stag’s head cake stand. This is my basic fruit cake  (rolled out for Christmas and birthdays) but with an internal layer of marzipan baked into…

Influencer-in-waiting!

You never know: tips from a blind cook might catch on.  The new kitchen gadget is a keeper. For years, I’ve been making big celebration cakes: diligently soaking  the raisins, sultanas and currants in brandy for a month or more. …

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