Business and MP get a shot in the arm

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A BOR­OUGH MP got more than he bar­gained for when he vis­ited a North­wood pharmacy ben­e­fit­ting from a gov­ern­ment tax cut.

Ruis­lip, North­wood and Pin­ner MP Nick Hurd vis­ited Sharman’s Pharmacy in Clive Pa­rade, North­wood, to hear how the business has ben­e­fit­ted from the Gov­ern­ment’s Em­ploy­ment Al­lowance, in­tro­duced in April.

The al­lowance is a re­duc­tion in Na­tional In­surance (NI) con­tri­bu­tions that an em­ployer pays for its em­ploy­ees.

The al­lowance is worth up to £2,000 off the NI bill of ev­ery em­ployer and is open to busi­nesses, char­i­ties and com­mu­nity am­a­teur sports clubs.

Us­ing the ben­e­fit means a business could now hire some­one on £22,400 a year, or four peo­ple work­ing full-time on the min­i­mum wage, and not have to pay any em­ployer NI con­tri­bu­tions.

The shot in the arm has al­lowed Sharman’s Pharmacy, which has been run­ning in North­wood for more than 120 years, to take on an ex­tra phar­ma­cist and of­fer new ser­vices, in­clud­ing the win­ter flu jab, which Mr Hurd was given on his visit.

The MP said: “The own­ers of Sharman’s were quite clear. The new Em­ploy­ment Al­lowance had been the nudge they needed to of­fer a new job.

“I got the point, in this case lit­er­ally, so I am very keen that other em­ploy­ers in the area are aware of the op­por­tu­nity.

“I want to try and help make it easy for them to grow and cre­ate more jobs,” he said.

n THAT’S THE POINT: Ruis­lip, North­wood and Pin­ner MP Nick Hurd has his flu jab at Sharman’s pharmacy in North­wood

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