Media and politics

A delegated legislation committee considered three statutory instruments that will be needed in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit:

The Centre for Policy Studies’ (CPS) new Think Small report calls for the government to adopt an ‘emblematic’ policy to champion small and family businesses: the Simple Consolidated Tax (SCT). 

The problems with the business rates system cannot be solved by just having more regular revaluations or just copying Scotland's example, the Treasury Committee’s latest evidence session on business rates heard today (7).

Peers raised concerns over the 2019 Loan Charge and the preparedness of business for digital tax reporting, during a debate this week (29) on two reports from the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee’s Finance Bill Sub-Committee.

MPs have given a second reading to a Bill which makes changes to the national insurance treatment of payments relating to the termination of employment and testimonials held for sports people.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, gave evidence to the Treasury Committee on his Spring Statement and related issues. Topics covered included the 2019 loan charge, tax relief on pension contributions, government fiscal plans, the tax base and scrutiny of government spending.

A House of Lords Committee has set out a range of recommendations across different policy areas to tackle the challenge of retaining the supportive relationship between generations and take a more long-term policy approach.

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

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.