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The two contenders to be the next Conservative party leader – and the next Prime Minister – continued their campaigns this week. Both former foreign secretary Boris Johnson and the current foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt spoke less about tax this week than in previously weeks. They have to convince the 160,000 party members to vote for them, with the final result to be announced during the week of 22 July. There will be a head-to-head debate on ITV on 9 July. 

In his short speech at this year's CIOT's parliamentary reception on 25 June 2019, the new Financial Secretary to the Treasury Jesse Norman said he intends to draw on CIOT’s insights ‘heavily’ during his time in the role.

The Treasury Committee this week continued its inquiry into business rates to scrutinise how government policy has impacted business.

The new Conservative party leader – and the next Prime Minister – will be either the former foreign secretary Boris Johnson or the current foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt. They have to convince the 160,000 party members to vote for them, with the final result to be announced during the week of 22 July. There will be a head-to-head debate on ITV on 9 July. 

Our regular update of tax and customs-related developments in secondary legislation.

Should the state pay more for social care? Ciot's Tax Policy Director John Cullinane examines the issue for the Western Mail newspaper.

Our regular update of tax and customs-related developments in secondary legislation.

After the first round of voting by MPs, six candidates remain in the Conservative leadership election, and tax remains a key policy battleground in the contest, second only to Brexit. 

The National Insurance Contributions (Termination Awards and Sporting Testimonials) Bill completed its passage through the House of Commons this week. The Bill will introduce a limited class 1A employer charge on termination payments over £30,000 and on payments over £100,000 related to non-contractual sporting testimonials.

Business rates came in for plenty of criticism from expert witnesses during the Treasury Committee's ongoing inquiry into business rates.