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Joint release from District Council Leaders – re Stronger Somerset consultation
March 8, 2021

District Council Leaders encourage residents to take once-in-a-generation chance to transform lives across Somerset  Somerset’s district councils have welcomed the launch of a public consultation on the Stronger Somerset plan to deliver better jobs, affordable homes, stronger communities and a carbon zero county.   Local Government Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP launched the consultation…

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VAT Deferral New Payment Scheme – online service opens
March 8, 2021

Over half a million businesses who deferred VAT payments last year can now join the new online VAT Deferral New Payment Scheme to pay it in smaller monthly instalments, HMRC has announced today (23 February). In order to take advantage of the new payment scheme businesses will need to have deferred VAT payments between March and June…

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Sedgemoor District Council sets budget
March 8, 2021

Despite dealing with the Covid pandemic, with an estimated £4m financial impact in the current year on Sedgemoor’s finances, coupled with the fact that nearly all staff working from home for eleven months of the year, Sedgemoor District Council has yet again set a balanced budget with no cuts to public services for the coming…

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More help for Self Assessment taxpayers
March 8, 2021

Self Assessment taxpayers will not be charged a 5% late payment penalty if they pay their tax or set up a payment plan by 1 April, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has announced. The payment deadline for Self Assessment is 31 January and interest is charged from 1 February on any amounts outstanding. Normally, a 5%…

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Ambitious Plans to Re-Energise Bridgwater Submitted to Government
March 8, 2021

Following earlier consultation on our Vision for Bridgwater, an ambitious plan seeking £25 m of government investment was submitted at the end of January. The plan is unashamedly bold and designed to re-energise the town centre whilst also unlocking wider housing and employment growth. If successful, the proposals will help unlock over £160 m of…

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The Pardoes Free Legal Helpline
March 8, 2021

Tough times require a community willing to help and support one another. Due to the restrictions in place in Somerset (and the nation) we have had to halt our popular free Legal Clinics in the villages/towns dotted around South Somerset. We have endeavoured to continue to help our community by offering other free services such…

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'Budget Review' Webinar with Guest Speaker Gavin Roberts
March 8, 2021

We were joined by Gavin Roberts, partner of Maxwells Chartered Accountants for our ‘Budget Review’ webinar. The webinar was filled with valuable information looking at the changes set out by the Chancellor on Wednesday 3rd March. Click here to view

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Give your loved one a tax break this Valentine’s Day
February 12, 2021

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is encouraging married couples and people in civil partnerships to sign up for a tax break this year. Marriage Allowance offers individuals the chance to transfer part of their Personal Allowance to their husband, wife or civil partner, which could reduce their tax by up to £250 a year. For…

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Working together to deliver a successful Census 2021
February 11, 2021

The Office for National Statistics – which runs Census 2021 – is working with Sedgemoor District Council to deliver a successful census and help local services to fully meet future needs.   Understanding the needs of the nation helps everyone from central government to local organisations, such as councils and health authorities, plan and fund…

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SOMERLAP WELCOMES NEW STAFF MEMBERS
February 8, 2021

Somerlap’s continued success has seen it create 5 new job roles in recent months, with two staff joining this year.   Pallet Manufacturers Edgaras Gauba, Connor Pink and Joshua Kick started in the Autumn; alongside Curtis Bradshaw, who joined the shed and garden products team. Meanwhile Simon Bass (Retail team) began work in January this…

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10.7 million tax returns filed by 31 January deadline
February 2, 2021

More than 10.7 million people submitted their 2019/20 Self Assessment tax returns by the 31 January deadline, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has revealed. The remaining 1.8 million whose tax return is now late will not be charged a late filing penalty provided they submit their return online by 28 February. Those who did not…

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SW firms look set to benefit from Brexit-fuelled manufacturing deal
January 29, 2021

A TRADE deal signed by South West organisations including one from Somerset and representatives from China at the end of last year has been extended this month (February 2021) to include manufacturing. The deal between the South West Business Council (SWBC), Bridgwater-based Aspen Waite China UK (AWCUK), and Chinese Economic Development Zones will help Westcountry…

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Kickstart moves up a gear with over 120,000 jobs created so far and government making it even simpler for employers to join
January 29, 2021

More than 120,000 jobs for 16 to 24 year olds have now been created through the government’s flagship Kickstart Scheme, as ministers have urged more employers to get involved. The scheme, which has been underway since September, is helping to put young people who have been some of the hardest hit by the economic impact…

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Vital Work to Connect Flagship Business Campus to County's Road Network.
January 29, 2021

A major development set to bring thousands of jobs and huge investment to the heart of Somerset has reached an important milestone. Work is progressing apace on one of the UK’s largest commercial smart campuses – Gravity at Bridgwater’s M5, Junction 23, and next month the focus shifts to connecting the low-carbon 635-acre site to the A39…

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No Self Assessment late filing penalty for those who file online by 28 February
January 25, 2021

Self Assessment customers will not receive a penalty for their late online tax return if they file by 28 February, HM Revenue and Customs’ Chief Executive Jim Harra has announced. More than 8.9 million customers have already filed their tax return. HMRC is encouraging anyone who has not yet filed their tax return to do…

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Litigation Covid Clinics for Individuals and Businesses
January 25, 2021

Everys Solicitors are offering support to individuals and businesses looking for advice on Covid-19 related disputes and claims. Specialist litigation solicitors, Gay Cherryson and Kathy Trist, are holding telephone clinics every Tuesday from 4pm until 6pm, where they will be providing FREE, no-obligation, 20-minute telephone appointments for the following issues: Wills and estatesMedicolegalInsuranceEmploymentLandlord and tenantBusiness…

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