Letter: The Budget: NHS and the less well-off pay for past economic mistakes

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The Independent Online
Sir: I read with interest your report of the Chancellor's speech with regard to employers' national insurance contributions, and I quote:

Companies will have a much sharper incentive to improve their management of sick leave and to take greater interest in the health of their employees.

We at LGM Marketing Services have always taken a great interest in the health of our employees and I therefore paid for all 38 employees to have a flu vaccination last month. You can imagine my surprise, therefore, when we discovered that these vaccinations were considered by Inland Revenue to be a benefit in kind and were to be taxed as such.

Yours faithfully,



LGM Marketing Services

London, WC1