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Welcome to Shirley's Blog All the ups, downs, fun, ins and outs of campaigning for professionalism of the Hairdressing sector in Wales. Follow Shirley's journey as she meets hairdressers and decision makers who can assist her in influencing the change to a regulated, safe and professional sector.

Landmark Decision by HMRC

Exciting news this month all qualified hairdressers and barbers working the industry across the UK can now claim tax relief on their State Registration fees paid to the Hair Council.

The Hair Council has convinced Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to recognise the hair and barber industry as a profession. The HMRC has agreed to add the Hair Council to the Government’s list of professional bodies approved for tax relief.

The landmark decision is another major step forward in gaining professional recognition for the industry. In the past, the Hair Council’s State Registration fees paid by hairdressing and barbering salon owners were considered a taxable benefit and they had to pay extra National Insurance on top.

This decision enforces the council’s determination to get the hair and barbering industry professionally recognised and to continue working for mandatory State Registration.

This huge step forward for the industry follows our political lobbying which has resulted in the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Hair Industry being formed in Westminster. Members of the National Assembly for Wales are also supporting our campaign for a cross party group to be established at the Senedd and we hope to have more news on this development soon.

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