For the people in Motherwell & Wishaw that are affected by the Loan Charge, I have co-signed a letter to the Chancellor to call for a suspension while an independent review is carried out, and I have joined the All Party Parliamentary Group on this issue.
If tax is owed, it must be paid. But the aggression with which people – often small business owners – are being pursued has been horrifying to hear and in some cases has led to tragic consequences.
Ordinary, hardworking people just want to do their best for their families and communities. It’s the billionaires and corporations who suck billions out of our economy and public services who should be pursued vigorously for tax avoidance.
I hope that the independent review leads to a more sensible and manageable form of collection for those affected and I want to make sure it does.