IPSA and MPs Staff Pay
EDM #2187, Tabled 14 March 2019 (2017-19 Session)
That this House recognises the vital role that hon. Members’ staff play and the hard work they do in supporting the work of hon. Members; notes with alarm that the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority’s increase to hon. Members staffing budgets of 1.5 per cent for 2019-20 falls below the rate of inflation, amounting to a real terms cut; further notes that this staffing budget increase falls far below that of hon. Members salaries which is pegged to the public sector average; is concerned that staffing budgets and staff pay will continue to fall behind if this trend continues; notes that this decision was taken without proper consultation with the Unite Parliamentary Staff Branch with which IPSA holds a memorandum of understanding; believes that this 1.5 per cent increase is not reflective of the increasing workloads that staff of hon. Members are contending with; urges hon. Members to fully pass on the annual increase to their staff; resolves to work with the Unite Parliamentary Staff Branch to ensure staff of hon. Members receive fair pay for the work that they do; and calls on the House authorities to urge IPSA to reconsider this change to hon. Members’ staffing budgets so that hon. Members can provide at least an inflation linked pay rise to their staff.
Public Inquiry on Blacklisting
EDM #2186, Tabled 14 March 2019 (2017-19 Session)
That this House notes that an internal police investigation, the Creedon report, has been made public; understands that this has concluded that the police, including Special Branches across the UK, and the security services, supplied information to the Consulting Association, and its predecessor, the Economic League, that was funded by some of the country’s major construction firms; believes that this blacklist destroyed lives, families and reputations for decades, without justice or accountability for those affected; commends the campaigners who have resisted this historic injustice for decades; understands that many were subject to alleged police surveillance, despite not breaking any laws; acknowledges that the findings of the report were published on 6 March 2019, which is the 10th anniversary of the day that the original details of the blacklist were exposed, and considers that this marks a historic progression in the battle against what it sees as a sustained attack on political freedom; and joins calls by the Blacklisting Support Group and other campaigners for a full public inquiry into this human rights injustice.
The 2019 Loan Charge
EDM #1239, Tabled 08 May 2018 (2017-19 Session)
That this House expresses its concern at the 2019 Loan Charge; notes that it is retrospective applying back to 1999; further notes that as a result of the introduction of IR35, umbrella companies were set up and recommended by professional advisers and employment agencies; recognises that the Charge will affect contractors, freelancers and agency workers, including social workers, supply teachers and bank and locum nurses and doctors; notes that employment was not an option and in some cases the company or organisation insisted on those arrangements, including to avoid paying National Insurance; notes that these individuals did not receive sick or holiday pay; believes it is unfair that HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are pursuing people who acted in good faith rather than the client organisations, agencies or umbrella companies all of whom benefited significantly; notes that HMRC are aggressively pursuing individuals through Advanced Payment Notices with no independent right of appeal; further believes that the Charge is likely to cause financial distress and bankruptcies, impeding HMRC’s ability to recover these tax liabilities and causing a devastating impact on people; believes that retrospectively taxing something that was technically allowed at the time, is unfair; calls on the Government to revise the legislation to avoid significant damage to independent contractors and freelancers in the UK; and calls for the Charge to apply only to disguised remuneration loans entered into after the Finance Act 2017 received Royal Assent.