GP sickness absence April 2017.

The new reimbursement provisions effective (in England) from 1st April 2017, mean that practices can claim up to £1734.18 pw for the first 26 weeks of a GP’s sickness absence, falling to half   -    £867.09 in the second 26 weeks of absence.

We have been told you must submit invoices to the CCG along with a fit note. So, if your doctor’ sessions were covered by colleagues and the costs the practice incurred were £1200 a week, that is what you can claim.

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Pension Freedoms

Pension Freedoms.

There is an old adage that “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should” however, according to the Association of British Insurers,  over £3 billion has been paid out in lump- sum cash payments from British pensions. If you choose to access your pension- pot ‘as a lump sum’ then 25% of it is paid tax free which means the remaining 75% you will be paying tax at your standard marginal income tax rate.

It is important to remember that, if you are still earning, then any extra pension monies you take out will be included in your total tax liabilities before working out your tax levels.

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Protection Planning

It is that time of year when we meet up with our families, over eat and catch- up with relatives who, perhaps, we only see once a year. As a Financial Advisor, one of the things I ask people is what is most important to them and eventually, after mentioning their car or their I Phone, I get the answer that it is their loved ones, of course! However, interestingly, our families and our dependents, generally, are the very areas of our lives that we insure least! The health and the financial well-being of one’s family cannot be overstated yet the truth is that many of us are more willing to insure our pets, our cars, our  possessions and even  the’ Sky ‘satellite dish instead of spending a few pounds a month on a Life, Critical Illness or on an Income Protection Plan.

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