A message from Jane Ashton, our CEO

Dear member,

How are you?

Next week marks the start of mental health awareness week, the theme for which is kindness.  For many of us, our minds are firmly focused on the horizon.  In the absence of a crystal ball, it’s an incredibly challenging time trying to survive, adapt and thrive when for many, the sands are ever shifting. 

The ATT will be supporting mental health awareness week by encouraging our staff and volunteers to engage in a number of activities which support kindness and wellbeing.  We will be posting on social media and on our websites, so if you would like to join us and get involved, we would really welcome hearing from you. You can also find more information here.

I hope that you will be able to take some time next week to focus on the here and now. As well as focusing on those around you; your colleagues, friends, family, neighbours, pets, it’s important to be kind.  You can be kind to yourself by simply asking “how am I?” followed by “how am I, really?” if your first response wasn’t very convincing.  You can have this conversation with yourself, or with someone else.  What matters is that you try to be as open and honest as you can about how you are feeling.  Recognising how you feel is a step towards identifying how you can seek kindness from yourself and others which will support those feelings.  And believe it or not, it’s ok not to be ok!  It is perfectly normal and natural to feel weighed down by current pressures. I know I am.  There’s only so much baking a person can do!  Let’s find ways we can be kind to ourselves as well as others.

Up-to-date information on advice, guidance and policy work for our sector

We continue to work closely with HMRC and many associated professional bodies, sharing relevant information and making representations to the UK government. As well as following developments and discussion on twitter and LinkedIn, you can access our ATT Portal which is updated daily.

Online CPD and webinars open to all members

Our Branches and Events teams continue to make available online webinars which can be found here. Last Thursday over 600 members joined our SEISS webinar delivered by CIOT’s Margaret Curran and Richard Wild, and ATT’s Emma Rawson.  1700+ people viewed afterwards and you can still view at this link on the ATT website.  

There is still time to register for the ATT Conferences which will be going ahead in May and June for the first time fully online, with a mix of live and recorded content from your regular presenter.          

ATT mouse mats now for sale

If you’re looking for something to brighten up the home office, how about one of our ever popular ATT mouse mats?  These handy items contain a summary of the key tax data for 2020/21 including all of the relevant thresholds, allowances and rates for the main taxes.  They cost £7.50 each including P&P, and can be purchased online here.

Member and Staff support

We continue to be here for you, should you need support or have a query.  Please email us at membership [at] att.org.uk and we will be happy to help.


I welcome and encourage your feedback.  We will be launching a short member survey in June to invite you to share your experiences and thoughts on the impact that the Covid-19 crisis is having on you/your business/employer.  Please can I encourage you to participate, and we will of course, share the results with you. 

For now, please be kind to yourself as well as others.

Best wishes

Jane Ashton

Chief Executive

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