Coronavirus: Workers offered regular COVID-19 tests will not face increased tax bill, Treasury confirms | Politics News

Workers offered regular coronavirus tests by their employers will not face an increased tax bill, the Treasury has confirmed.

The move comes after former cabinet minister Mel Stride, now the chair of the House of Commons Treasury committee, wrote to Chancellor Rishi Sunak to urge him to look into the matter.

Mr Stride noted how HMRC guidance published earlier this week stated that COVID-19 testing kits – or tests carried out by a third party – which have been purchased by employers for their staff are treated as a taxable benefit in kind on the employee.

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been urged to ‘look into this matter as soon as possible’

The Tory MP warned many key workers could be faced with the “perverse incentive of avoiding employer-sponsored tests in order to reduce their tax bill”.

The Treasury has now confirmed to Sky News that it will introduce an

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Three pubs in England shut doors again after positive Covid-19 tests

Three pubs in England have been forced to close after customers tested positive for coronavirus following the reopening of bars, restaurants and other parts of the country’s hospitality sector at the weekend.

The move was hailed by Matt Hancock, the health secretary, who said it showed the NHS test and trace system was “working precisely as intended”, amid concerns that the government’s decision to ease lockdown restrictions could lead to a jump in new infections.

“In reopening hospitality we’ve also introduced contact tracing for customers; this system is working”, Mr Hancock told MPs on Tuesday. “I want to thank all those who are making the system work and pay tribute in particular to three pubs that have taken specific action.”

He confirmed the three pubs that had closed were The Lighthouse in Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset, The Fox and Hounds in Batley, Yorkshire, and The Village Home in Gosport, Hampshire.

The businesses

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Coronavirus: Workers offered regular COVID-19 tests ‘face mounting tax bill’, chancellor told | Politics News

Workers offered regular coronavirus tests by their employers could face a mounting tax bill, a senior MP has warned.

Former cabinet minister Mel Stride, now the chair of the House of Commons Treasury committee, has written to Chancellor Rishi Sunak to urge him to look into the matter.

Mr Stride noted how HMRC guidance published this week states that COVID-19 testing kits – or tests carried out by a third party – which have been purchased by employers for their staff are treated as a taxable benefit in kind on the employee.

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been urged to ‘look into this matter as soon as possible’

The Tory MP warned many key workers could be faced with the “perverse incentive of avoiding employer-sponsored tests in order to reduce their tax bill”.

Benefits in kind are benefits that employees receive from their employers that are not included in their

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Coronavirus: Debt is the ‘sleeping giant’ of problems caused by COVID-19, charity warns | UK News

A charity has warned that debt is the “sleeping giant” of problems created by the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK.

The fallout from the health crisis has already seen a surge in the numbers of people asking for help – whether it’s from food banks, mental health services or other charities working on behalf of vulnerable people.

The surging numbers of UK job losses means families who were already struggling are being joined by households who never dreamt they would find themselves needing universal credit or unable to put enough food on the table.

The Freedom Community Project in Bolsover, north Derbyshire, runs a food bank and financial advice service. It has seen a “harrowing” increase in demand during lockdown.

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Janet Koszegi says she has spoken to people who haven’t eaten for three days

Food bank volunteer Janet Koszegi told Sky News: “It gets to you, you have

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