If you currently employ a cleaner, housekeeper, carer, nanny or gardener, you could face a £400 fine.
With new laws that have come into effect this month, people who employ the help of another around the house now have to pay in to a pension scheme, or face a fine. Elderly people throughout the country have received official warning letters, explaining that by employing a carer they are classed as a small business/employer; and now need to pay out an extra 1% (rising to 3% by 2018) in to a pension.
There is uncertainty as to when this will be starting for each individual, as some have already been enrolled, and others will not be expected to start until 2018.
But, what does this mean?
Unfortunately, it means there may be a decrease in self-employed helpers. As people become put off by the additional costs, less money can be made within the industry. Also, as the law only comes into effect once an employee is being paid £10,000 a year or more, people may be more inclined to pay helpers less money in order to avoid the additional costs.
What is the solution?
As the costs of self employed help increase, people will naturally make the move towards agencies and companies that provide the required services. As the job of providing a pension will then be in the hands of the employer, this means less expense for the individual, and easier management of pay.
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As a business owner myself with a reputation to think about our end of tenancy cleaning is a large part of how we are judged and so makes it very important to us. Mums Helping hands carried out approx 40 property cleans for us this year and we have been very happy with their service, they understood that we wanted the properties cleaned thoroughly and they did just that. Nothing is without some issues but this year with this company they were certainly very few and minor and compared to other cleaning companies they did a great job and the tenants were happy and saw a professional clean had been carried out. I would recommend them to residential and commercial customers and we will definitely be working with them fro now on.
Gaynor Cunningham- Cunningham Lettings
I am a PhD student who lived in the UK since 2009. I have been looking for a trustworthy cleaners and have tried many over the last three years. However, I have not felt satisfied until I found this service online and had my house cleaned on a weekly basis with them. Every Thursday, I come back home after a hectic day in my office to find everything shining and tidy. Anca is an incredible dedicated lady who does her job professionally and impresses me me every week with her dedication. I have recommended this company to all my friends who work or study and need some help and peace of mind. Thank you Mums Helping Hands and Thank you Anca, you changed my life and provided the best cleaning service I have been always looking for.
Fatemah, Mapperly Park
I’m a landlady in Lenton with a number of houses for students from the university. Most of them leave the houses in a bit of a mess, nothing too difficult for me to handle, but this year one was left in absolutely disgusting condition. It looked like it was straight out of How Clean Is Your House. There was no way I could dream of dealing with this by myself as usual so I decided to get in a cleaning company for a bit of help. I had a number of different companies come out to give quotes (would have called Kim and Aggie if I could), and Mum’s Helping Hands seemed the most professional by far. After booking in with them I was a little cautious when I noticed a highly negative review here on Google, but the strength of the other reviews convinced me to stick with them and I’m glad I did.On the day they turned up 10 minutes early with three cleaners, all of the equipment they’d need, and the manager who provided me with the quote also attended to brief the staff to ensure everything ran smoothly. I was shocked when I was telephoned to tell me to come down to the property just five hours later, and upon entry the whole place was spotless, even the lingering smell had gone. I could have let the next years students move in right there and then, and I have my suspicions that they removed and replaced the oven because there’s no way that it could have been cleaned to that condition after how the last year’s lot had left it.Unfortunately that was the last of my houses that I dealt with this year, but next year I’ll be using this company for all seven of them. It seems foolish not to with how easy they made what is usually an annual ordeal for me.I am sorry to read the negative review but my experience with this company was nothing like that and it seems very hard to believe. I am definately going to use this company again and will be recommending them. In fact I’ve told my sister all about it and she’s now using them to come in once a fortnight to clean the communal areas of a student property she owns here. This is her first year letting, and I think she might have got a bit scared of how it might end up after seeing some photos I took before Mum’s Helping Hands worked their magic