A Labour MP has tabled a parliamentary question to push the case for tax breaks for dental nurses undertaking continuing professional development (CPD).
John Woodcock, Labour MP for Barrow and former aide to Gordon Brown, says costly training courses for dental nurses are a “big chunk out of their pay packets”.
The GDC requires dental nurses to carry out 150 hours of CPD over five years, of which a minimum of 50 of these hours must be verifiable.
In other professions training is paid for by the employer and is thus eligible for tax breaks, but nurses have to pay for it out of their own pocket which they say is unfair.
Mr Woodcock said: “Professional development is vital both for dental nurses themselves and the patients they treat, so it is right that the GDC requires it. “But, with many dental nurses having to pay for this training out of their own pockets, it’s a big chunk out of their pay packet. “If the Treasury could find an affordable way to support professional development through the tax system, that would help hard-pressed dental nurses and send a strong message on the importance of a well-trained workforce.”
In reply, Treasury minister David Gauke, said: “The government is committed to the simplification of the tax system. “New tax reliefs add complexity to the tax system and have a cost to the Exchequer, which the government has to balance against its other objectives. “The government therefore has no current plans to introduce tax relief for the cost of compulsory continuing professional development.”