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RCN calls on chancellor to give nurses tax breaks

The RCN has urged chancellor Alistair Darling to remember nurses and the wider NHS in his first budget.

RCN general secretary Peter Carter said: ‘Nurses put their patients first, that’s why we are calling on the chancellor to use tomorrow’s budget to cement the future of the NHS and quality of care.

‘We urge the chancellor to provide the support and resources required to deliver care closer to home and the development of fully-costed implementation and roll-out plans for all new health care policies so that recent reforms of the NHS are fully realised,’ he said today.

Mr Carter has also urged the chancellor to ease the financial pressures nurse’s face due to the rising cost of living. ‘A range of measures to improve tax allowances on clothing, footwear and laundry and would make a real difference to nurses who are balancing low pay against increasing costs on the high street,’ he added.

Mr Darling, however, has been widely tipped to impose a ‘green tax’ on business mileage allowance by lowering the amount employees can claim.

But Mr Carter called for an increase in the allowance. ‘A rise in the annual mileage allowance payments threshold would counter the cost of fuel rises faced by nurses who use their car to work with patients in the community,’ said Mr Carter.

Readers' comments (3)

  • There have been no increases in the travel allowance for a good number of years. As a District Nurse I feel I have been subsidising the NHS for a long time as the mileage rate which I am paid, probably doesn't know cover the cost of fuel, which seems to be rising on an almost daily basis.

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  • Good for Peter Carter, but what makes him think the Chancellor will listen to anything that any trade union has to say about benefits to nurses.

    This government are about taxing people up to the hilt, whoever they are.



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  • Mr Darling needs to be asked why there is one rule for MPs and another for everyone else. Why should we accept a reduction in recompense for the travel we do for our jobs when MPs are allowed to claim for everything even when it has little to do with their jobs. At least thats what we are being led to believe.
    We cannot be expected to pay to our jobs. I'm sure MPs don't pay to park their cars and if they travel by other means it is paid for. Is this a case of "we are all equal but MPs are more equal than the rest of us"?

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