Have your say on the National Insurance Contributions Bill

Have your say on the National Insurance Contributions Bill
08 November 2013

Do you have relevant expertise and experience or a special interest in the Government’s National Insurance Contributions Bill?

If so, you can submit your views in writing to the House of Commons Public Bill Committee which is going to consider this Bill.

National Insurance Contributions Bill

Aims of the National Insurance Contributions Bill

In his Budget speech on 20 March 2013 the Chancellor, George Osborne, announced the introduction of a new Employment Allowance: from April 2014 businesses, charities and community sports clubs would be entitled to claim up to £2,000 from their annual payment of secondary Class 1 National Insurance contributions (NICs).

Class 1 NICs are paid by both employees and employers on the employee’s earnings. The employee’s share is known as the primary contribution, the employer’s as the secondary contribution. Employers are liable to pay secondary Class 1 NICs at 13.8 per cent on all employee earnings above the secondary threshold, set at £148 a week. This tax cut is estimated to cost £1.26 billion in 2014/15, rising to £1.73 billion by 2017/18.

The main purpose of the National Insurance Contributions Bill 2013-14 is to implement the new allowance. The Bill also contains a number of miscellaneous measures announced in Budget 2013 relating to the scope of NICs.

Follow the progress of the National Insurance Contributions Bill

The National Insurance Contributions Bill was introduced into the House of Commons on 14 October 2013. The second reading of the Bill took place on 4 November 2013, giving MPs the opportunity to debate the main principles of the Bill.

The Bill has now been sent to the Public Bill Committee, where detailed examination of the Bill will take place.

Deadline for written evidence submissions

The Public Bill Committee is now able to receive written evidence. The sooner you send in your submission, the more time the Committee will have to take it into consideration.

The Committee is expected to meet for the first time on Tuesday 19 November; it will stop receiving written evidence at the end of the Committee stage on Thursday 28 November.

(When the Committee reports it is no longer able to receive written evidence and it can report earlier than Thursday 28 November.)

Guidance on submitting written evidence

What should written evidence cover?

Your submission should address matters contained within the Bill and concentrate on issues where you have a special interest or expertise, and factual information of which you would like the Committee to be aware.

It is helpful if the submission includes a brief introduction about you or your organisation. The submission should not have been previously published or circulated elsewhere.

If you have any concerns about your submission, please contact the Scrutiny Unit (details below).

How should written evidence be submitted?

Your submission should be emailed to scrutiny@parliament.uk. Please note that submissions sent to the Government department in charge of the Bill will not be treated as evidence to the Public Bill Committee.

Submissions should be in the form of a Word document. A summary should be provided. Paragraphs should be numbered, but there should be no page numbering.

Essential statistics or further details can be added as annexes, which should also be numbered. To make publication easier, please avoid the use of coloured graphs, complex diagrams or pictures.

As a guideline, submissions should not exceed 3,000 words.

Please include in the covering email the name, address, telephone number and email address of the person responsible for the submission. The submission should be dated.

What will happen to my evidence?

The written evidence will be circulated to all Committee Members to inform their consideration of the Bill.

Most submissions will also be published on the internet as soon as possible after the Committee has started sitting.

The Scrutiny Unit can help with any queries about written evidence.

Scrutiny Unit contact details

Email: scrutiny@parliament.uk
Telephone: 020 7219 8387
Fax: 020 7219 8381,
Address: Michelle Wenham,
Senior Executive Officer
Scrutiny Unit, 7 Millbank,
London SW1P 3JA.

Further information

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