UK adults spend eight times longer watching on-demand TV than exercising, research suggests.The average person spends 12 hours streaming programmes on platforms such as Netflix, BBC iPlayer and Amazon Prime every week, a survey of more than 2,000 people by not-for-profit fitness group ukactive found.This compares to just 90 minutes of moderate physical activity.Adults spend an average of 17 hours a week on their smartphone or tablet, the poll reveals, roughly 11 times longer than they do exercising.Around a quarter (27%) do more than two-and-a-half hours of moderate physical activity per week, as recommended by the Government’s chief medical officer.However, 14% said they do not exercise at all and 13% do less than 30 minutes. Professor Sir Muir Gray, chief knowledge officer for the NHS, said: “Physical inactivity is a silent killer and, sadly, many people today live totally sedentary lives in a world dominated by the car, the desk job, the television and the … [Read more...] about UK adults spend 12 hours per week watching on-demand TV – survey
Actor James Woods has been locked out of his Twitter account over a tweet he sent months ago that was found to be in violation of its rules.The tweet was posted on July 20 and includes a hoax meme that said it came from Democrats and encouraged men not to vote in the midterm elections.Woods got an email from Twitter on Thursday saying the tweet “has the potential to be misleading in a way that could impact an election”.The email says Woods can use his account again if he deletes the tweet. In an interview with The Associated Press on Sunday, Woods said this means he will be allowed back on Twitter only if he decides to do what Twitter says.He said he will not do that, and he will not delete the tweet.“Free speech is free speech — it’s not Jack Dorsey’s version of free speech,” Woods said, referring to Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey.Twitter said it does not comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons.A spokesman for … [Read more...] about Actor James Woods hits out at Twitter after getting locked out over meme
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QUESTION: My small business has got bigger over the years and I am keen to reward my loyal workforce with any tax free benefits that are available. Can you tell me what employer benefits are taxable and which are not? ANSWER: Today the remuneration of many directors and employees comprises a package of salary and benefits. Essentially two tests must be applied in determining the tax implications of any benefit - firstly, is the benefit taxable? And if so, what is its taxable value?All earnings of an office or employment are taxable. Where they are not in cash it becomes necessary to put a value on them. As a general rule unless the benefit can be converted into cash there is no taxable benefit. Where it is convertible into cash the taxable amount is the resale value. To prevent avoidance, additional legislation charges certain other benefits to tax. The detailed rules are complex. Employers are required to notify HMRC of benefits provided to directors and most employees by completing … [Read more...] about What workplace perks do I pay tax on?