Uniforms: Coronavirus

Treasury written question – answered on 5th May 2020.

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Photo of Paul Girvan Paul Girvan Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Education), Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans his Department has to increase the Uniform Tax Rebate rate for NHS staff and other workers who have had to wash their uniforms at higher temperatures than usually expected as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

The Government is proud of the extraordinary commitment shown by all health and care staff in the fight against COVID-19.

More than one million NHS workers continue to benefit from the three-year Agenda for Change pay deal, under which the starting pay for a newly qualified nurse has increased by over 12% since 2017/18.

Flat rate expenses for uniforms are based on the average cost of cleaning a uniform and vary by profession. Individuals may claim for actual expenses if this is more beneficial.

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