Ministers back away from confrontation over bank bonuses


Ministers back away from confrontation over bank bonuses – The Guardian

Downing Street has said that the government did not intend to intervene in the pay of UK’s top bankers, according to a report in today's Guardian newspaper.

"We've made a broad statement which is about the need to see some restraint and some responsibility from the banks, but we are not going to set bonus pools for individual banks," the prime minister's spokesman said.

The government said an extension of the payroll tax on bonuses introduced by the previous Labour administration in December 2009 would be “self-defeating because bankers would become more skilled at avoiding the tax”, according to The Guardian.

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Title: “Banks given go-ahead to pay unlimited bonuses”, by Patrick Wintour, Jill Treanor and Allegra Stratton,, 10 January 2011.

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