Bosses urged to pay workers £200 Christmas bonus to make up for having no office party this year
BOSSES have been urged to give workers a £200 Christmas bonus to make up for having no office party this year.
Labour MP Chris Evans believes they can end a difficult year by spreading some festive cheer – at no extra cost to the company.
He has written to Chancellor Rishi Sunak asking him to back his plan to transfer Christmas party spending straight into their staff’s pockets.
Employers are allowed to throw a seasonal bash up to the value of £150 a head tax-deductible if it is for team building purposes.
They can also give staff a gift worth up to £50 without incurring any tax liability.
Mr Evans wants the Chancellor to allow firms to pay staff a lump sum of £200 so they can celebrate with the family and raise a glass to the boss at home.
He said: “It would be a good way for employers to say thank you to those who work for them and make up for the odd working conditions of 2020 – not to mention the ban on office parties.
“It’s win-win for everybody. The workers would get a few extra quid, it would be a morale booster for the company and it wouldn’t cost them an extra penny.
“It would be up to the employers to decide if they want to do this of course, but it would be a good way of saving money in the long run.
“And it might just save Christmas spirit for a few people along the way.”
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