As he will be remembered: George Osborne.

As he will be remembered: George Osborne.

Coming in the same week the ‘Panama papers’ scandal broke, the least we could say about this is that the Conservative Government is acting in very poor taste.

Alternatively, we could agree with the person who posted the link on Twitter: “Only the poor pay taxes. Do you get it yet?”

Half a million British workers could lose out on hundreds of pounds a year under a “stealth tax” coming in on Wednesday which was not announced in George Osborne’s Budget.

Union leaders said the changes would see construction workers, supply teachers and distribution centre workers, among other professions, denied the right to claim tax relief on necessary travel, food and accommodation expenses.

The rule change, among a number coming into effect on 6 April, will see the Treasury rake in an additional £150 million a year, the Government said.

But it comes at a cost to any worker employed through an “employment intermediary” such as an agency.

The construction union UCATT said the changes predominantly affected its industry, with one case seeing a worker lose as much as £3,369. All the costs will be borne by workers rather than the businesses employing them.

Source: George Osborne ‘stealth tax’ could cost half a million workers £1,000 each | UK Politics | News | The Independent

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