Yes, that would be my preference too. Still, the WAG’s gift was better than nothing. Just a pity that the hateful right-wing Tory government decided to spite both the WAG and our dedicated care workers by designating this one-off gift as “earnings” eligible for tax etc.
But then, Tories have never appreciated our amazing NHS staff.
Tim please look at the facts – we have a UK Tax system in this country that was in place prior to Covid and any payment of this nature no matter for what purpose would be a taxable benefit. The problem is that WG did not do their basic homework when this was announced and offered the higher figure to take into account any tax and national insurance.
This is not political but officials with lack of understanding advising the Welsh Government.
This would have been an ideal question for our MP Sarah Atherton to ask at PMQ’s , national exposure to the problem and an anawer required by our Prime Minister. Had it been a charitable gift or lottery win then there would be no tax payable!
The principle of giving some crumbs to care workers is a disgrace – surely the case has been proven that they deserve a pay rise that applies for 52 weeks of the year and not just a token ‘top up’.
These workers are vital — defined as ‘key workers’ yet paid min wage only.
In fact most care homes are in the private sector throughout the UK. Most council run facilities have all but gone, with residents moving into the private sector. Social care pick up the bill for those who can not afford their care, but for a vast number, they sell their homes and invest their life savings into private care!
If you check the numbers of people in care homes in Wales it is only a small percentage that are fully self funding, the majority are funded by local authorities. Those self funding pay far higher fees that the local authority funded residents.
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