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Omobono joins over 150 agencies and the IPA to ensure staff safety

The Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) and over 150 agencies and businesses from the UK media and advertising sector have issued an open letter to the Prime Minister demanding changes to the current business tax legislation regarding taxis.

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The Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) and over 150 agencies and businesses from the UK media and advertising sector have issued an open letter to the Prime Minister demanding changes to the current business tax legislation regarding taxis.

The letter has been written in response to the tragic death of Sarah Everard. Published in the Guardian today, it calls on the government to review the current HRMC rules regarding business taxi expenses in order to help keep employees safe.

Currently, taxis employees take home from work after 9pm are viewed as a legitimate business expense but taxis taken home from work before 9pm, regardless of context, are viewed as a taxable benefit.  As a result, employers are actively disincentivised from keeping their employees safe before 9pm; and employees are being taxed if they try to look after themselves.

We are urging Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak to review and change the HRMC rules around taxis and make it easier for all businesses to make sure their employees get home safe should they use this option.

Sarah Pettinger, Chief Operating Officer at Omobono said: “Supporting the Get Home Safe campaign alongside the IPA and other agencies in our industry is really important for us. Over the last year we have had to think a lot about the safety of our employees in the context of their mental well-being but we have as great a responsibility when we return to offices for their physical well-being. At Omobono we’ve created a safe space for our team to share and discuss these issues but we must go beyond that. This step is not the solution to issue of violence against women but it’s a simple and essential step that can easily be taken by HMRC.”

The Get Home Safe Initiative is asking for business leaders to add their names to the list of signatories on the website www.get-home-safe.com.  Use #GetHomeSafeInitiative on Twitter and LinkedIn to see the conversation.

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