Tabling an early day motion (EDM) in the House of Commons, Sir Alan Meale, the Labour MP for Mansfield, described the government’s proposal to cut travel and subsistence (T&S) relief for contractors as “short-sighted” and likely to detrimentally affect public services.
Sir Alan is one of several politicians to have been contacted by local constituents about the proposal as part of trade body PRISM’s ongoing Yes2T&S campaign, which aims to defeat what is seen as the Chancellor’s raid on the flexible workforce.
The motion urged fellow MPs to recognise, “the importance of workers in this sector who currently fill the skills shortages around the country and in industries [such] as hospitals, schools and colleges and local authorities as well as many major public civil engineering projects…”
He further voiced his concerns about this government policy, which he predicted could lead to swingeing overnight take home pay cuts for contractors and will force employers to foot a multi-billion pound bill.
PRISM CEO Crawford Temple thanked Sir Alan for his support, stating that it was “extremely important” that the issue was officially recognised in parliament.
Mr Temple added: “George Osborne has decided to press ahead with removing this vital relief which we expect to have huge consequences for public and private sector wage bills as employers are forced to make up for the shortfall. However, there is a huge amount of lobbying still to do as we continue to take our concerns to our elected representatives whose job it is to scrutinise government policy and hold the Chancellor to account.”
Sir Alan’s EDM was supported by 10 other MP’s.