Bosses urged to pay staff £200 Christmas bonus to save the festive spirit

Employers have been urged to spread a little Christmas cheer after a tough year.

With many firms unable to hold traditional parties at the end of 2020, an MP has called on them to pay staff a £200 bonus instead, reports Birmingham Live.

Chris Evans, Labour MP for Islwyn, has written an open letter to Chancellor Rishi Sunak.

He said: “It would be a good way for employers to say thank you to those who work for them and make up for the odd working conditions of 2020 – not to mention the ban on office parties.

“It’s win-win for everybody. The workers would get a few extra quid, it would be a morale booster for the company and it wouldn’t cost them an extra penny.

“It would be up to the employers to decide if they want to do this of course, but it would be a good way of saving money in the long run.

“And it might just save Christmas spirit for a few people along the way.”

Meanwhile, a meeting involving the four governments of the UK to discuss Christmas is expected to take place later this week.

Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford told a press conference that his team had been contacted by Michael Gove’s Cabinet Office to “get a date in the diary” in the next few days to talk about a “common approach to Christmas”.

He said the UK Government had suggested there would now be “weekly engagement” with the four nations.