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Correct me if I am wrong but I believe that Landscape Juice is the only publication, website or otherwise, that is determined to find a fair deal for all competent and capable businesses in the United Kingdom. It is not uncommon for an editor to just report news as it happens and accept the PR nonsense of the representative who writes it. I like to look behind the flannel and try and paint a true picture of how it really is and what genuinely lies behind the shop door. This is one of the driving forces behind the Landscape Juice Network - a desire to create equality for everyone who strives for a high standard but yet struggles to be recognised because someone else has the final word. By being a member here you have the opportunity, for free, to tell the whole world about what you do and how you intend to achieve it. It might sound pompous but all of you are making history - it is the first time that the two landscaping organisations that serve the United Kingdom have been challenged for their supremacy. My aim is not to bring down the British Association or Landscape Industries or the Association of Professional Landscapers but to inform them that their time as self appointed umpires of the landscape and horticultural trades is going to be challenge by bringing self regulation, honesty and integrity to every level of the trade without putting any form of financial barrier in the way. I have this morning written about how the BALI system of membership is flawed and may be deemed as exclusive - what is the real cost to a one man band who wants the BALI sticker? The APL have criticised me for my 'antagonistic' style of writing yet I have tackled every subject in an objective manner. I understand there are changes afoot within APL so I will keep a beady eye on what develops and report it as I see it and everyone retains the right to reply. I encourage debate and I welcome comments and feedback. You will not get shouted down or ignored if you challenge any view point that is put on the LJN forum. Now is the time for serious questions and for the trades associations to look at themselves long and hard. Membership here is free and every individual or organisation will be accepted at face value. The rules are basic and sincere. You provide what you say you can provide and you adopt a fair and business like approach. It is not me who will determine who is a bad egg but the person or business will do that for themselves.
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"I had stopped working but just had a couple to do this week by a few that were desperate. 2 have since text me to say they now don't think it's a good idea. I think I'll contact the others and say I think it's best I don't come. 
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John F replied to Charlie Manton's discussion Solo gardener - to work or not to work? (Covid-19)
"I wouldn't say its a massive overreaction Will . 
Mortuaries in Italy struggling to cope ?
I would say its a desperate attempt to stem a chain reaction to stop the virus getting a hold and get the genie back in the bottle .
 
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John F replied to GaryRK's discussion Sting in the tail - self employment income scheme (Covid-19)
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Billybop replied to GaryRK's discussion Sting in the tail - self employment income scheme (Covid-19)
"yes it's good that we can claim our ''Giro'' and still try to earn a bit. But am not counting my chickens until that free money is in the bank."
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John F replied to GaryRK's discussion Sting in the tail - self employment income scheme (Covid-19)
"If i heard correctly chancellor implied self employed can continue to work and still be eligble for this financial support ."
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John F replied to Charlie Manton's discussion Solo gardener - to work or not to work? (Covid-19)
"Paying for regular maintenance is an investment . The sadness is seeing all this investment get wiped out if the garden gets out of control . 
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Chris & Heather McAlpine replied to GaryRK's discussion Sting in the tail - self employment income scheme (Covid-19)
"Given all the complexities involved it does seem to cover most people and, as others have said, will penalise those who have underdeclared which is great. 
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Andrew Watts replied to Charlie Manton's discussion Solo gardener - to work or not to work? (Covid-19)
"forgot to say, my reasons to carry on mowing would include the service you're providing. People who are cooped up will be relying on using the garden more over the next 3 months, especially the older and at risk. So anything giving them a nicer envi…"
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Will replied to Charlie Manton's discussion Solo gardener - to work or not to work? (Covid-19)
"Same as you Charlie, Carrying on working.
Just sending an email to all customers a couple of days beforehand to check they're happy with it.
All customers have confirmed it's okay.
lots of new work from neighbours who are now at home.
everyone now s…"
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Andrew Watts replied to Charlie Manton's discussion Solo gardener - to work or not to work? (Covid-19)
"Charlie, there are 3 camps on here. Those that will carry on working as per their (correct IMO) intereptation of the government guidlines. Those who think it's wrong to work, morally or risk etc and interpret the guidline to show that; and finally t…"
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John F replied to GaryRK's discussion Sting in the tail - self employment income scheme (Covid-19)
"HMRC will contact those eligble which is a blessing ."
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Billybop replied to GaryRK's discussion Sting in the tail - self employment income scheme (Covid-19)
"those who put in a fiddled tax return of a profit just below income tax thresh hold will still get a couple of grand for free so will be unlikely to complain. as they might have been in receipt of working/ child tax credits also, which are still a t…"
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Andrew Watts replied to GaryRK's discussion Sting in the tail - self employment income scheme (Covid-19)
"OK thanks, that makes sense. 3% increase seems fine with me for parity. Most self employed people have other benefits like ofseting some household costs eg their home office proportion of bills, mortgage interest etc. Not much and it has a limit. Ot…"
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Richard Gadsby replied to GaryRK's discussion Sting in the tail - self employment income scheme (Covid-19)
"As for the NIC it was always my understanding we paid a bit less because we don't get sick pay and holidays etc?"
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GaryRK replied to GaryRK's discussion Sting in the tail - self employment income scheme (Covid-19)
"This was what I was referring to - if I've understood correctly 
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Andrew Watts replied to GaryRK's discussion Sting in the tail - self employment income scheme (Covid-19)
"When the chancellor announced the scheme and set the limit to those earning less than £50k, he stated that the average income of all those above £50k was £200k. Guess that's skewed by all the footballers and celebs being "self employed"."
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