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More visible policing of travel and subsistence

More visible policing of travel and subsistence schemes needed, says new REC group
 
At the launch of the Recruitment and Employment Confederations new Industrial Sector Group, HM Revenue & Customs told recruiters that continued policing of travel and subsistence schemes is needed to ensure that schemes are not breaching the law.
 
At the launch of the Recruitment and Employment Confederations new Industrial Sector Group, HM Revenue & Customs told recruiters that continued policing of travel and subsistence schemes is needed to ensure that schemes are not breaching the law.
 
An HRMC representative explained that travel schemes, particularly those involving workers paid at or near the National Minimum Wage, have a number of adverse consequences. He warned that schemes not only cost the Exchequer money but also potentially deprive workers of contributory benefits. Schemes can also present a real commercial risk to those operating them if they are operated incorrectly.
 
Kevin Green, the RECs Chief Executive then focused on the future of the industry while Anne Fairweather, REC Head of Public Policy, explained the new coalition Governments commitments on issues affecting recruitment.
 
Sally Hewick, REC Industrial Chair, said: It was great to see industrial recruiters come together for the first time to discuss the pressing issue of travel and subsistence schemes. If schemes are used we need to make sure that they work not only on paper, but also in practice. On the ground we are continuing to see cases where these schemes are not operated correctly. Policing of those schemes by HMRC is of the utmost importance.
REC Industrial is also calling on HM Revenue & Customs to go one step further and provide facts and figures on providers examined and the levels of revenue collected through compliance. Members need to conduct due diligence on umbrella companies with whom they work to ensure they abide by the current tax rules. Our group is here to form a unified voice to raise standards and secure first class recruitment services in the industrial recruitment market.

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