Clause 98 - Power to make temporary modifications of taxation of employment income

Part of Finance (No. 2) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:15 am on 11 January 2022.

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Photo of Alison Thewliss Alison Thewliss Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Treasury) 10:15, 11 January 2022

My point was not about the reaction to the pandemic but preparedness. All the systems had to be put in place suddenly and with little planning. There has been significant fraud in many of the schemes as a result of the lack of tight planning. They were reactive emergency measures. Does the Minister agree that it would have been much better for all those things to have been set out clearly, so they could be taken off the shelf should they be needed? Instead, they were reactive measures that had not been planned ahead of time.