Harlow MP welcomes tax reforms that will help apprenticeships

Politics / Tue 12th Apr 2016 am30 09:57am

HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has welcomed a set of reforms to taxes that will help create an environment of opportunity and security for businesses and hard working people.

From today, 6 April 2016, employers won’t have to pay National Insurance contributions for apprentices under 25, saving a business employing an apprentice on the National Minimum Wage over £500 a year.

The employment allowance for businesses and charities is also rising today, from £2,000 to £3,000. This will allow a firm to employ up to four people full time on the new National Living Wage without paying any employer National Insurance contributions.

These measures are in addition to the extension of small business rates relief into 2016/17 and the freezing of fuel duty, which will save families and van businesses £12 every time they fill their tank.

Robert Halfon MP said: “These measures will cut costs for businesses, freeing up funds that can then be used to grow the business and employ more people. At the last election, the Conservatives made a commitment to create 3 million apprenticeships by 2020. These savings for businesses will see more young people receive training and gain skills to get on in life.”

The Harlow MP added: “The Government has also increased the personal tax free allowance from £10,600 to £11,000. This will benefit well over 46,000 Harlow people. The support the Government is giving, through these measures, to Harlow businesses and people clearly prove that Conservatives are on the side of those people working hard to build a secure future for themselves and their families.”

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1 Comment for Harlow MP welcomes tax reforms that will help apprenticeships:

2016-04-20 20:54:51

Think of apprenticeships and you might think of technology, engineering, construction and the like. Take a look at the governments website and their apprenticeships include work in a pizza restaurant and a local pub paying a pitiful £3.30 an hour. As for freeing up funds for businesses, this government is placing a levy on large employers to effectively blackmail them into taking on apprentices whether they need them or not. I can remember Robert Halfon boasting that he decided to put his money where his mouth is and hire an apprentice in his office. He never mentioned that the youngsters salary was never paid by him at all, it was paid for by a donation to his office.

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