Loan Charge

Part of Brunei – in the House of Commons at 12:34 pm on 4th April 2019.

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Photo of Ross Thomson Ross Thomson Conservative, Aberdeen South 12:34 pm, 4th April 2019

I will make some progress, but I will take some more interventions before I finish.

I receive stories from constituents every day detailing the pain that they and their families are enduring with the threat of the loan charge hanging over them. That is why we are here today, because it is about real people and real lives, not just lines on a spreadsheet.

One of my constituents recently wrote to me:

“The Loan Charge has very likely cost me my marriage and I stand to lose everything. I cannot believe that this is happening.”

That is far from an isolated case, and I am sure Members on both sides of the House have had similar stories from their constituents. The loan charge is breaking apart families before us, yet HMRC has remained both intransigent and tin-eared.

I have a simple request today: the Government should place the loan charge on hold to investigate the true impact these changes will have on countless families across the country. I have heard from colleagues who believe that those involved in such schemes are somehow devious, mega-wealthy people, but one constituent, at the end of a career working in health and social care, recently attended my surgery and told me of his guilt because he feels he has let his family down.