I recently set up a group on Facebook announcing that I intend to file my co-operative’s ‘P14 and P35’ tax returns (what tax my employees need to pay) on April 29 – the day of the Royal Wedding.
I strongly feel that if the government expects businesses like mine to give our employees the day off to celebrate, and have their taxes fund, the wedding of a member of one of the country’s most dysfunctional privileged families – then so should they have their weddings and funerals funded through ‘Independent Deposit Accounts’ and they and their families have ‘Statutory Civil Pay’ (SCP) to fund a fair number of days of work for such ceremonies.
It would just be a matter of me adding a new field in my accounts package for SCP next to Statutory Sick Pay and Statutory Maternity Pay. And we already have the framework of Independent Savings Accounts, so Independent Deposit Accounts (IDAs) where we put in money for things likes weddings and funerals (and other civic participation like jury service, education and religious holidays) and then the government top it up, should be simple for the market to provide. I was outraged by the Fairpak travesty where the poorest saving for their family’s Christmas were cheated out of their savings. This will be the Government’s chance to put that right, and support ordinary people in participating in society not just the privledged through these government guaranteed civic saving and participation schemes.