The House of Commons Procedure Committee is looking into whether a Budget Committee of the Commons should be established, to examine government spending plans set out in multiannual spending reviews and annual departmental estimates. The creation of a Budget Committee was recommended by Mr (now Sir) Edward Leigh and Dr John Pugh in a 2011 report commissioned by the then Chancellor of the Exchequer.

The Church Action for Tax Justice and JustShare staged a debate titled Tax for the Common Good, in St Mary-le-Bow, in Central London, earlier this week (10). Here Fr Simon Cuff, Tutor and Lecturer in Theology at St Mellitus College, who was one of the speakers at the event, shares his thoughts on theology and taxing for the common good.

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable has set out his views on tax policy, among other areas, in a booklet entitled ‘Beyond Brexit – Liberal policies for the age of identity’, published in March.

It was a game of two halves but the result was a stalemate.

Our regular update of tax and customs-related developments in secondary legislation, now expanded to cover relevant non-Brexit SIs too.

The Scottish parliament has confirmed the rates and thresholds for income tax that will apply to the non-savings and non-dividend income of Scottish taxpayers from 6 April 2019.

MPs took a break from Brexit to debate beer taxation on March 28th, in a debate allocated by the Backbench Business Committee. The prime movers in obtaining the debate were three officers of the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group – Mike Wood and Nigel Evans (both Conservative) and Ruth Smeeth (Labour).

Two new tax/customs related statutory instruments (SIs) have been laid. 


The next twenty years of devolution will see a consolidation of Scotland’s devolved tax powers and the need for the Westminster and Holyrood governments to work together to ensure the health of the tax system.

It was a quiet statement on the tax front. These are our main quick observations.