Media and politics

‘Natural migration’ is trapping benefit claimants in the DWP ‘lobster pot’, struggling with a sudden drop in income and with no way back, says the Work and Pensions Committee as it published its latest report on universal credit this week (23).

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss was asked by Conservative MP Andrew Selous to make a statement on the implications for patients of the taxation of NHS pensions.

MPs debated the first two decades of devolution in a Commons debate led by the Scottish and Welsh Affairs committees last week.

In response to questioning from the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee the Financial Secretary revealed that he would shortly be announcing 'clarifications' to the loan charge, including a commitment that HMRC will not apply the loan charge to a tax year which was closed on the basis of fully disclosed information.

The Treasury Committee continued its inquiry into the impact of business rates, with two hearings last week.

Peers debated the legislative process on June 12th, drawing in particular on two reports produced by the House of Lords Constitution Committee,

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The two contenders to be the next Conservative party leader – and the next Prime Minister – both announced additional proposals for tax cuts this week, as ballot papers went out to the 160,000 party members.

The draft Capital Allowances (Structures and Buildings Allowances) Regulations 2019, which were laid before Parliament on 17 June, were approved after a short debate on the floor of the House of Commons this week. Labour did not vote against the measure, preferring to wait to scrutinise the guidance when HMRC publishes it later this year.

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