Jan 22, 2020

Boris Johnson urged to let Greggs workers keep bonus

Boris Johnson has dismissed calls to reform tax and benefit rules after claims some Greggs staff can only keep a quarter of their annual bonus. Speaking at Prime Minister's Questions, Mr Corbyn asked Mr Johnson if it was "Just and fair" that workers earning just over £12,500 year were not allowed to keep their bonuses. Benefits experts told The Guardian, which first reported the story, that some Greggs staff on universal credit will keep as little as £75 after tax and national insurance are paid, and bonus payments are clawed back at a rate of 63p in the pound. Ronnie Draper, the general secretary of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers union, which represents thousands of Greggs staff, told The Guardian it had only been contacted by one member of staff worried about losing out on the bonus. To work out how a Greggs £300 bonus could be cut to £75, consider somebody earning enough to pay income tax.

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