Tax boss questions value of Rishi Sunak’s job bonus and meal discount plans
Two schemes unveiled by Chancellor Rishi Sunak to stem coronavirus job losses may not be value for money for taxpayers, a top official has warned.
HM Revenue and Customs boss Jim Harra wrote to Mr Sunak to express concerns about paying firms a £1,000 bonus to retain furloughed staff.
He also questioned the value for money of a discount scheme offering 50% off restaurant meals.
The chancellor rejected his concerns, saying action was needed to save jobs.
Sunak has basically given out vouchers to eat at Wetherspoons. This will certainly give a lot of money to owner Tim Martin but do nothing for the general population. It is a case of giving food vouchers to the rich.
Watch Sunak on television then close your eyes and listen to his voice… You will hear Tony Blair…try it.
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