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Equality and Human Rights Commission Funding

I have recently been contacted regarding the reduction in the budget of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). As the EHRC is a non-departmental body, it independently determines the funding it requires and how this should be allocated. I understand this is set out in the organisation’s one-year Business Plan and three-year Strategic Plan,…

Tax Havens and the ‘Panama Papers’

Many constituents have written to me about tax havens, especially in light of the incident with Mossback Fonseca and the so called ‘Panama Papers’. As I said recently on an episode of Question Time, it doesn’t matter who you are, everyone should pay their fair share of tax. I fear that there has been a great deal…

Public Sector Pay

Public sector workers deserve jobs that are fairly rewarded. The Government has indeed confirmed that it will be moving away from the 1 per cent public sector pay policy, towards a more flexible approach on pay. We still need to deal with our country’s debts to ensure we have a strong economy to enable us…

Finance Bill New Clause 2

I think that it is vital to ensure that everyone is paying their share of tax. If those with the most in society are not making a fair contribution, we will not be able to fund our public services, and the tax burden will disproportionately fall on those who cannot take advantage of tax-efficient arrangements.…

Financial Service Providers

I completely understand the importance of ensuring that vulnerable people, such as cancer sufferers, are treated properly by their bank. As you may be aware, the regulation of financial services firms is a matter for the independent Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The FCA does already apply rules in relation to how firms should deal with…

Corporations Paying Tax (Amazon)

Thank you for contacting me about corporations paying tax. As I’m sure you will appreciate, I cannot comment on an individual company’s tax liabilities. I understand the way businesses work is changing, which is why I am encouraged that the Government is reviewing the taxation of the digital companies, to make sure all businesses pay…

Alcohol Duties

Thank you for contacting me about alcohol duties. As announced at the 2017 Autumn Budget, tax on beer, cider, wine and spirits have again be frozen. This follows the removal of the beer duty escalator in 2013 and the unprecedented cuts and freezes in beer duty since then, as well as the removal of the…

Payday Loans

Thank you for contacting me about consumer credit and payday lending. I am committed to ensuring that more households can manage unexpected costs through affordable credit. Tackling the problems caused by high-cost credit requires a comprehensive approach. That is why the Government wants to both encourage the growth of the social lending sector as an…

VAT on E-Books

Thank you for contacting me about Value Added Tax (VAT) on e-books. European Union (EU) VAT directives have traditionally required member states to apply their standard VAT charges for electronic services, including e-books. At a minimum, this would mean a 15 per cent VAT charge on e-books, whereas physical / printed books have been eligible…

IR35

Thank you for contacting me about personal service companies and tax. Flexible labour plays an important role in the UK economy. The option to work through an intermediary, including a company, helps support this labour market flexibility. However, it is fair that people should pay the right tax for their circumstances.  Off-payroll working rules, known…

NHS and the Budget

Thank you for contacting me about tax rises to fund the NHS. Our NHS is a vital public service, providing healthcare to those who need it, free at the point of use, regardless of background or income. It is clear that more funding is needed to keep pace with growing pressures on the NHS, which…