Plaid MP’s efforts lead to UK Treasury policy change on £2,000 Employment Allowance

Carmarthenshire Member of Parliament and Plaid Cymru’s Treasury spokesperson, Jonathan Edwards, has this week welcomed the change in UK Treasury policy which excluded independent pharmacists from the UK Government’s flagship £2,000 employment allowance policy.

As of April 6 this year, every business, charity and community amateur sports club is entitled to an annual employment allowance of £2,000 to reduce the amount of National Insurance contribution they pay for their employees.

The Treasury states that up to 1.25 million businesses and charities in the UK will benefit from Employment Allowance with around 450,000 businesses and charities not having to pay any employer National Insurance contributions at all.

Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Edwards made representations to UK Chancellor George Osborne and Secretary of State for Wales David Jones on behalf of independent pharmacists who were excluded from the policy as the Treasury considered them to be public sector contractors.  Pharmacists, however, argued that they do not receive an NHS salary or pension, and that the £2,000 allowance would enable them to invest in their business, bringing wider health and well-being benefits for the economy.

Following his representations the Carmarthenshire MP has this week received confirmation from the Secretary of State for Wales that independent pharmacies dispensing NHS prescriptions will no longer be excluded from the allowance.

Jonathan Edwards said the change in UK Treasury policy was a victory for independent pharmacists throughout the UK who undertake vital work in alleviating pressure from GP surgeries, and help improve the wellbeing of our communities.

 

Jonathan Edwards said:

“The change in UK Treasury policy will be welcomed by independent pharmacists throughout Wales and the UK. 

“Pharmacists undertake vital work in alleviating pressure from our GP surgeries and improving the overall wellbeing of our communities.  I therefore had no hesitation in pushing for the Treasury to change its policy.

“Having raised the matter directly with the Chancellor and the Secretary of State for Wales in Welsh Grand Committee last month, I’m delighted HMRC has now concluded independent pharmacies dispensing NHS prescriptions will no longer be excluded from the £2,000 employment allowance.

“This allowance will now enable pharmacists, who do not have staffing and IT costs remunerated by the NHS, to invest in their healthcare services which serve our communities.”

ENDS

One Response to “Plaid MP’s efforts lead to UK Treasury policy change on £2,000 Employment Allowance” [latest first]

  1. Well done Jonathan, tenacity pays off.

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