The issue of tipping and whether the tip actually goes to the worker is an issue the vast majority of people are aware of. Many of us have asked the waiter or waitress in a restaurant whether it is better for them to tip in cash rather than simply adding a gratuity to a bill paid by credit card?
The Government launched a Call for Evidence in August 2015 to get a better understanding of the underlying issues and since then has considered the evidence from the respondents. The consultation now being opened contains a number of proposals for the next steps. It includes both a summary of the response to the Call for Evidence, and also sets out proposals for further action to make tipping fairer. The Government describe their underlying objectives as being that all discretionary payments for service should be voluntary to the consumer, all discretionary payments for service should be received, in full, by the workers where appropriate; and the allocation of such payments should be transparent to the consumer who makes them.
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