Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Saturday, July 24, 2021
The Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey has called upon the Chancellor to be "on the side of the self-employed", as a million people face being slapped with a tax bill on money they never earned.
Income tax bills landing at the doors of the self-employed and freelancers of this country at the end of July will be calculated based upon their earnings in 2019-20 - neglecting the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on business and trade.
In a letter to Chancellor Rishi Sunak, Davey sets out five urgent actions required of HMRC to take into account Covid losses on earnings, focused around clear and proper communication with taxpayers.
Leader of the Lib Dems Ed Davey MP writes in the letter to the Chancellor:
"Covid-19 has wrought havoc on the self-employed. Taxi drivers, hairdressers, cleaners, childcare providers and millions more have seen their incomes evaporate, as their businesses ground to a halt and people rightly stayed at home to save lives.
"Yet in a week’s time, they face being slapped with a bill from HMRC that does not recognise this, because the calculation will be based on how much they earned before the pandemic.
The letter goes on to state:
"HMRC directed by you needs to show strong leadership by being on the side of the self-employed in this country. Placing the onus on a legion of sole traders and freelancers, who contribute so much to our culture and economy, to foot the Covid bill is the complete antithesis of strong leadership.
"No one must be left behind as we look forward to a green recovery from this pandemic. It’s time to stop putting paperwork over people."
Friday, July 23, 2021
Reacting to Lord Frost's statement on the NI Protocol, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for
Home Affairs and Northern Ireland Alistair Carmichael MP said:
Tuesday, July 13, 2021
Tuesday, July 06, 2021
Saturday, July 03, 2021
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Reacting to evidence submitted by Lord Frost and Caroline Dinenage MP on EU visa arrangements for touring workers at a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee today, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for DCMS Jamie Stone MP said:
"Lord Frost's attitude of apathy today raises serious concerns about the way this Conservative Government is sacrificing people's jobs in favour of its anti-immigration ideology. As ever with the Tories, sorry seems to be the hardest word.
“Our touring professionals have been devastated by this pandemic and are desperate for some clarity and reassurance on their ability to travel around Europe for work. But this Government's botched Brexit deal means that hope is but a candle in the wind.
“Refusing to negotiate with the EU on visa waivers is a galling decision for thousands of people with their livelihoods on the line in our creative industries. The lack of progress in resolving this matter and giving people the certainty they need is alarming.
“Our arts and culture sector employs millions of people, contributes billions to the UK economy and is well-respected around the world. Lord Frost’s recognition of this, instead of his utter contempt, would go a long way in ensuring the UK does not let the sun go down on our touring performers.”
Friday, June 25, 2021
Thursday, June 24, 2021
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Responding to suggestions that the Government is ushering in national ID cards via Covid certificates, Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael said:
“Vaccine passports were the thin end of the wedge. That the Department for Health is contracting work to a company that makes its money setting up surveillance systems, including ID cards, for Governments around the world is extremely worrying.
“Collecting everyone’s personal information in a national database through an ID card system risks breaching people’s right to privacy. This is a policy no one wants and any plans for ID cards should be scrapped immediately.
“The Government cannot continue to operate without scrutiny, ignoring the voices of the British people and Parliament. The Liberal Democrats demand that the Government entirely rule out the introduction of ID cards in the UK.”
The Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to remove Part 3 from its Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, as a new report from Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights says it “would increase those restrictions on non-violent protest in a way that we believe is inconsistent with our rights”.
Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael MP said:
“Priti Patel’s protest crackdown law is dangerous and draconian. The right to peaceful assembly and protest is a fundamental human right, and has always been a crucial part of our democratic society.
“As the Joint Committee on Human Rights makes clear, these new laws would undermine that right. They are part of the Conservative Government’s anti-democratic attempts to silence any opposition to its policies, and the Liberal Democrats will fiercely resist them.
“If the Government is serious about the rest of the Police and Crime Bill, it should remove the part about cracking down on protests now and let Parliament focus on debating the other 285 pages.”
Friday, June 18, 2021
The late Cheryl Gillan, the coalition's first Welsh Secretary, had a majority of around 15,000 at the 2019 general election. Last night, that majority was more than overturned.
Monday, June 14, 2021
Thursday, June 10, 2021
Wednesday, June 09, 2021
In response to the Ministerial Statement on upholding employment rights and plans for a new 'workers' watchdog', Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Business, Sarah Olney MP, said:
“This is a long-overdue step towards properly enforcing workers’ rights, but we need to see far more action from the Government.