Yes, the law is there to protect the rights of agency workers and mitigate the difference between lower paid contractors and their peers in permanent employment. But should the rights cover all possible 'perks' and who should bear the cost?
VDU glasses, can I claim on my SA?
by gjctech at 08:22 25/03/14 (Ask-Legal-Accounting)
I work through an umbrella company and required new VDU glasses for my current contract. The umbrella company are reluctant to provide these even though they must by law since I'm a VDU worker!
I was getting headaches and so had an eye test, which revealed I needed new VDU glasses. I contacted the umbrella company and at first they refused to provide because they have no dispensation. I need the glasses to work and so I had to either buy them or quit my contract. In the meantime I sent them links to the relevant legislation and to HMRC info that said they don't need a dispensation and don't even need to report the supply of VDU glasses.
That was in October. By mid November, they were still reluctant. I sent them both my prescription and my receipt from the optician, but they still haven't reimbursed me. I escalated the case iaw their procedures but they haven't even deigned to respond.
As I'm in the 40% tax band, unless I can claim on my self assessment, I suspect that their reluctance could cost me about 60% of the price of the specs. Hence this post to find out whether VDU glasses are allowable on personal self assessment?