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Jun 4 2018

Rates relief for children’s nurseries

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If you run a children’s nursery are you remembering that as of 1 April 2018 you should no longer be paying rates on any property used mainly as a nursery school? These rules are in effect until 31 March 2021. You must formally apply to the local authority to obtain this relief. We at EQ, more

May 29 2018

Employment status update for dental professionals

Categories: Healthcare

You may have read our article, titled, ‘Know your employment status’ in August 2017. In summary we discussed the updated rules under IR35 that were introduced from April 2017 and how the changes could impact on dental professionals. These rules are aimed at individuals and/or their limited company taking up work for a public sector, more

May 28 2018

Budgets and childcare

Categories: Healthcare

With the increase in free early learning and childcare hours which comes into effect in 2020, children’s nurseries need to take action now to be prepared. Additional staff may be required, all having to carry out continuous training and, if all private nursery staff are to be paid the Scottish Living Wage, nurseries should review more

May 22 2018

Increase in government funded childcare hours

Categories: Healthcare

The Scottish Government plan to increase funded childcare hours for three and four year olds from the current 600 hours to 1,140 per year. The extended hours policy is due to be introduced from 2020; however there are significant concerns about the practicalities of implementing such a policy, especially from a private nursery’s perspective. Insufficient more

May 3 2018

Choosing the right accounting software for nurseries

Categories: Healthcare

Everyone is aware of the advances in technology and accounting software is no exception. As well as desktop software, there is an array of cloud solutions which can be tailored specifically to nurseries, allowing you to track costs by project or location. Cloud accounting packages store their information on a secure website, enabling data to more

Apr 26 2018

Could there be a wages liability waiting for you?

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This case relates to a care worker who was paid a flat fee for an overnight stay and only the minimum wage for the hour in the evening where she was awake and working. Last year it was ruled that the minimum wage should be paid for the whole period as she was under the more

Apr 12 2018

How well is your surgery performing?

Categories: Healthcare

EQ Healthcare is delighted to announce the publication of its GP Practices Benchmarking Report 2017. Produced in association with Kreston UK, the report explores statistics compiled from 161 practices across the UK. You can access the full report here – GP Practices Benchmarking Report 2017 We know that general practitioners are currently experiencing huge work pressures, more

Apr 10 2018

Are you prepared for NHS funding changes?

Categories: Healthcare

The Scottish Government has recently developed an Oral Health Improvement plan to assess patients based on risk, and address the link between deprivation and ill-health. It is clear from reading through the consultation papers that they are looking to implement changes towards a more preventive system for the NHS dental service together with simplifying the more