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Government Ministers and a small number of other Members of the two Houses can make a written statement to one or both Houses.

Written statements are published below shortly after receipt in Parliament. They also reproduced in the next edition of the Daily Report and of Hansard in the relevant House.

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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Made on: 21 July 2020
Made by: Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park (Minister of State (Minister for Pacific and the Environment))
Lords

Contingency Fund Advance – Office for Environmental Protection

My Rt. Hon Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (George Eustice) has today made the following statement:

Defra has sought a repayable cash advance from the Contingencies Fund of £215,000.

The requirement has arisen because there is an urgent requirement to proceed with setting up the Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) in advance of Royal Assent of the Environment Bill.

Under Managing Public Money rules, expenditure to make preparation for the delivery of a new service prior to Royal Assent requires an advance from the Contingencies Fund. The cash advance will pay for essential set up expenditure on public appointments, minimal staff recruitment to begin, and essential services that are needed for establishing for the OEP. The need to spend now in advance of Royal Assent is driven by the necessary timelines associated with recruitment, procurement and set up which are expected to take several months. This will ensure that the OEP can be brought into operation and begin exercising its statutory functions as soon as practical after Royal Assent of the Environment Bill.

Parliamentary approval for additional resources of £215,000 for this new service will be sought in a Supplementary Estimate for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Pending that approval, urgent expenditure estimated at £215,000 will be met by repayable cash advances from the Contingencies Fund.

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Cabinet Office
Made on: 21 July 2020
Made by: Michael Gove (Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office )
Commons

Senior Civil Service, Senior Military and Judiciary Pay Awards

I am today announcing the Government’s decision on pay for the Senior Civil Service (SCS), senior military and the judiciary.

The Government received the Senior Salary Review Body’s (SSRB) report on 2020 pay for the senior civil service, senior military and the judiciary on 24 June 2020. This will be presented to Parliament and published on Gov.uk.

The Government values the independent expertise and insight of the Senior Salaries Review Body (SSRB) and takes on board the valuable advice and principles set out in response to the Government’s recommendations outlined in the report.

Senior Civil Service recommendations and response for 2020/21

The SSRB recommended a 2% pay award for the SCS allocated in the following priority order:

  • To mitigate anomalies arising from lack of pay progression and to alleviate other pay anomalies
  • To increase the pay band minima
  • To provide increase to those not benefitting from increase to the minima or those benefiting by less than 1%

The SSRB also recommended incremental steps to reduce the maxima and commented on priority work to be undertaken for the 2021-22 pay award.

The Government accepts the SSRB’s recommendations in full, but will continue to delay work on reducing the maxima until the capability based pay progression system is in place.

Judiciary recommendations and response for 2020/21

The recommendations made by the SSRB for the judiciary are:

  • A pay award of 2% for all judicial office holders within the remit group for 2020/21, applied equally to all salary groups.
  • Upper Tribunal Judges (including the Surveyor Members of the Lands Chamber) and
  • Senior Masters and Registrars to be moved to a new salary group between their existing salary group of 6.1 and the higher group 5.
  • The introduction of leadership allowances for Circuit Judges who take on the currently unrewarded roles of Resident Judges, Designated Family Judges and Designated Civil Judges.

The Government accepts the SSRB’s recommendations in full and notes that these recommendations are predicated on the implementation of reform to judicial pensions, to address ongoing recruitment and retention problems.

Senior military recommendations and response for 2020/21

The Government accepts the SSRB’s headline pay award recommendation for senior military officers of 2-star rank and above. A 2% consolidated pay award will be implemented in September salaries and backdated to 1 April 2020.

The Government accepts the SSRB’s recommendations on senior military salaries to maintain the 10% increase to base pay on promotion from 1-star rank and to not change the current pay differentials for senior medical and dental officers.

Report (PDF Document, 4.89 MB)
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Ministry of Defence
Made on: 21 July 2020
Made by: Mr Ben Wallace (Secretary of State for Defence)
Commons

Armed Forces Pay

Today, I am announcing the Government’s decision on pay rises for the Armed Forces.

The Armed Forces Pay Review Body (AFPRB) has made a recommendation for a 2% increase for the 2020 pay award. We are accepting this recommendation in full (to be implemented in September salaries, backdated to 1 April 2020), and I am today laying their 2020 report.

The pay award represents an annual increase of £643 in the nominal average salary in the Armed Forces (which is at the Corporal level), as well as an annual increase of £545 in the starting salary for an officer.

For all cohorts, this is additional to the non-contributory defined benefit pension and access to incremental pay progression.

The AFPRB also made recommendations on rises and changes to other targeted forms of remuneration and on the increase to food and accommodation charges which have been accepted. Where applicable, these rate changes will be backdated to 1 April 2020.

The Government greatly values and appreciates the role Military Personnel have in delivering essential services. This year we are delivering a real terms pay increase for the third time. The hard work and dedication of our people throughout this difficult period is important to us and is not taken for granted.

We are conscious that public sector pay awards must deliver value for money for the taxpayer. The Coronavirus is having a very significant impact on the economy and the fiscal position and the Government will need to continue to take this into account in agreeing public sector pay awards.

Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body (PDF Document, 1.23 MB)
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Department for Work and Pensions
Made on: 21 July 2020
Made by: Baroness Stedman-Scott (The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions)
Lords

Office for Nuclear Regulation: Corporate Plan 2020/21 and Strategy 2020-25

Later today I will lay before this House the Office for Nuclear Regulation Corporate Plan 2020/21 and the Office for Nuclear Regulation strategy 2020-25. These documents will also be published on the ONR website.

I can confirm, in accordance with Schedule 7, Section 25(3) of the Energy Act 2013, that there have been no exclusions to the published documents on the grounds of national security.

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Department of Health and Social Care
Made on: 21 July 2020
Made by: Helen Whately (Minister of State (Minister for Care))
Commons

Government response to the 33rd report of the NHS Pay Review Body

I am responding on behalf of my Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister to the 33rd Report of the NHS Pay review Body (NHSPRB). The report has been laid before Parliament today (Cm260). Copies of the report are available to hon Members from the Vote Office and to noble Lords from the Printed Paper Office.

As this is the third and final year of the three-year Agenda for Change pay and contract reform deal (2018/2019 to 2020/2021), the NHSPRB did not make any pay recommendations for 2020/2021.

This multi-year deal has delivered year on year pay increases for our much-valued NHS staff and as part of this we have increased the starting salary for a newly qualified nurse by over 12% and increased the lowest starting salary within the NHS by over 16%.

The Government welcomes the 33rd report of the NHSPRB and is grateful to the Chair and members for all their work and helpful observations at what is a challenging time for our NHS. The report rightly recognises the hard work and dedication of our NHS staff in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, makes helpful observations on effective workforce planning and how best to support the development of the NHS workforce.

The upcoming People Plan will seek to address many of the observations made by the NHSPRB and the Government remain committed to delivering on its manifesto commitment to deliver 50,000 more nurses in the NHS by 2025.

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Ministry of Justice
Made on: 21 July 2020
Made by: Robert Buckland (Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice)
Commons

Government response to the Prison Service Pay Review Body recommendations 20/21

I am today announcing the government’s decision on pay rises for prison staff.

The Prison Service Pay Review Body (PSPRB) has made its recommendations for the 2020-21 pay award. The Government values the independent expertise and insight of the PSPRB and takes on board the valuable advice, principles outlined, and constructive challenge to the Government’s evidence outlined in the report.

Today I am announcing that we are accepting in full the recommendations made by the review body for implementation from April 2020. For clarity these are recommendations 1, 2 and 4 to 7.

This will deliver a pay rise of at least 2.5% for all prison staff – with cumulative awards of up to 7.5% for some staff when progression pay is taken into account. For a Band 3 prison officer on the modern terms and conditions the pay settlement is worth on average £1,086.

This is the third year in a row that we have put in place an award of at least 2% for our prison staff and delivers an above inflation increase. In addition to their pay, prison officers continue to benefit from defined benefit pensions, which are amongst the most generous available. We are conscious that public sector pay awards must deliver value for money for the taxpayer. Government will continue to take this into account in agreeing public sector pay awards in future.

This award will support the recruitment and retention of prison officers and managers and recognises the essential contribution they make every day – which has only been highlighted by their professional and dedicated response to the unique challenges of delivering safe prisons during the pandemic.

In addition to its core recommendations to be implemented from April 2020, the PSPRB have also recommended a further overall increase of £3,000 for ‘Band 3’ prison officers on modernised terms and conditions from September 2020 (recommendation 3).

It is only right that such a substantial increase for our largest staffing group is considered more carefully over the coming months as we move towards the Spending Review; due to the exceptional costs associated with implementing this recommendation, the impact on the overall pay structure, and the changing labour market conditions due to the exceptional economic impacts of the pandemic. The Government will also need to consider the recommendation in the context of the pay rises being given to other hard-working public servants.

Furthermore, we wish to open discussions with recognised trade unions on the implications of this recommendation and how any such uplift in pay might be best implemented in an affordable and mutually beneficial manner alongside workforce reforms that deliver the best value for money for tax payers.

The government will therefore announce its response to this recommendation later in the year.

The report has been laid before Parliament today, 21 July, and a copy is attached. I am grateful to the Chair and members of the Review Body for their report.

Prison Service Pay Review Body Report (PDF Document, 1.12 MB)
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Department of Health and Social Care
Made on: 21 July 2020
Made by: Helen Whately (Minister of State (Minister for Care))
Commons

Government response to the 48th report of the DDRB

I am responding on behalf of my Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister to the 48th Report of the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Renumeration (DDRB). The report has been laid before Parliament today (Cm259) and a copy is attached. I am grateful to the Chair and members of the DDRB for their report.

This report has been produced during what is an incredibly challenging time for our NHS and the DDRB report rightly recognises the tremendous effort of all of our clinical staff on the frontline of the COVID-19 response. They have shown true resolve, professionalism and dedication throughout this challenging time for our NHS.

Thanks to the government’s investment in the NHS and the certainty provided in the long term funding settlement, the Government is pleased to accept the DDRB’s recommendations in full, providing a much-deserved pay rise for our Doctors and Dentists working across the NHS.

The Government greatly values and appreciates the role public sector workers have in delivering essential public services, and we’re delivering a real terms pay increase to show that we mean it. The hard work and dedication of our public servants something we do not take for granted.

We are conscious that public sector pay awards must deliver value for money for the taxpayer. COVID-19 is having a very significant impact on the economy and the fiscal position, and the Government will need to continue to take this into account in agreeing public sector pay awards. It is important public sector pay is fair to both public sector workers and the taxpayer. Around a quarter of all public spending is spent on pay and we need to ensure that our public services remain affordable for the future.

Today’s pay award is worth on basic pay:

  • Between £2,200 - £3,000 for consultants
  • Between £1,100 - £2,100 for Specialty Doctors
  • Between £1,500 - £2,600 for Associate Specialists

This Government has invested heavily in our NHS and its workforce. We’ve backed the NHS by passing the NHS Funding Act which enshrines in law the largest cash settlement in NHS history as well as clearing billions of pounds worth of debt for NHS Trusts. We also pledged that all public services would get whatever financial support they needed to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and we are working at pace to ensure the supply of vital funding and resources continues. We have also delivered on a manifesto commitment to address the tax issue in doctors’ pensions by listening closely to the concerns of senior clinicians. The Chancellor confirmed at Budget that both annual allowance taper thresholds will be increased by £90,000 from 6th April 2020, removing anyone with income below £200,000 from the scope of the tapered annual allowance. The incentive to take on extra NHS work is now restored, and clinicians can earn an additional £90,000 before reaching the new taper threshold. These measures will take up to 96% of GPs and 98% of NHS consultants outside the scope of the taper based on their NHS income.

The DDRB were asked not to make a pay recommendation for contractor General Medical Practitioners (GMPs) or doctors and dentists in training as both groups are moving into the second year of their respective multi-year deals. The significant investment in GMP core practice funding, as part of the five-year contract, provided greater certainty for GMPs to forward plan. The contract as agreed in 2019, and via further amendments in 2020, has also set out significant additional investment in a new state-backed indemnity scheme, the introduction of primary care networks and reimbursement for additional staff. For doctors and dentists in training the multi-year deal will mean all junior doctor pay scales will have increased by 8.2% by the end of the deal, and in addition circa £90 million is being invested to reform the contract, including to create a new, higher pay point to recognise the most experienced doctors in training.

Affordability has to be a consideration of government when responding to the DDRB. Accepting the DDRB’s recommendations will require difficult trade-offs and reprioritisation of spending within the wider context of the original financial plan set out in the NHS Long Term Plan. However, the government deems accepting the DDRB’s recommendations as important to reward and retain valued NHS staff.

In addition to retaining existing staff the government is committed to increasing workforce supply. That is why by September this year we will have opened five new medical schools in England so that we can continue to grow our domestic medical workforce. The new schools will help to deliver a 25% increase in the number of available places and by September we expect there will be an extra 1,500 medical students entering training each year, compared to 2017.

The Government’s response to the recommendations is as follows:

  • Accept the recommendation for a uniform 2.8% uplift in pay across the whole of the DDRB’s remit group with the exception of those already in multi-year deals. This includes uplifting the value of the GMP trainers grant, the GMP appraisers’ grant and the minimum and maximum of the pay range for salaried GMPs.
  • To accept the recommendation to freeze the value of National and Local Clinical Excellence Awards (CEAs), Commitment Awards, Distinction Awards and Discretionary Points.

Salaried GMPs

For salaried GMPs the minimum and maximum pay range will be uplifted. As self-employed contractors, it is largely up to GP practices how they distribute pay to their employees. Employers have the flexibility to offer enhanced terms and conditions, for example, to aid recruitment and retention.

Specialty Doctors (new grade 2008) and Associate Specialists (closed grade)

For Specialty Doctors and Associate Specialists (SAS doctors) the government takes note of the DDRB’s comments on the need for improved recognition and career development. Negotiations on a multi-year pay agreement, incorporating contract reform, for this group of doctors are progressing and we hope to reach agreement in time for the next pay year.

Clinical Excellence Awards

The Government also acknowledges the DDRB’s comments on Clinical Excellence Awards and their reasons for not recommending an increase in their value. With this in mind, we will progress our plans to reform these awards with a view to introducing new arrangements from 2022.

General Dental Practitioners

A 2.8% general uplift in the pay element of their contract backdated to April 2020.

The Government has also fully acknowledged the DDRB’s comments on the lack of progress on the dental contract reform and we appreciate the frustration with the pace of reform. NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care need to be confident that the prototype contract, that has been tested, has proven that it has the ability to maintain or increase access, improve oral health, is affordable for the NHS, whilst also being sustainable for dental practices, before taking decisions on wider national implementation.

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Home Office
Made on: 21 July 2020
Made by: Victoria Atkins (The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Safeguarding)
Commons

Security Industry Authority (SIA) Annual Report and Accounts 2019 – 2020

The 2019-20 Annual Report and Accounts for the Security Industry Authority (HC 647) is being laid before the House today and published on www.gov.uk. Copies will be available in the Vote Office.

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Home Office
Made on: 21 July 2020
Made by: Priti Patel (The Secretary of State for the Home Department)
Commons

National Crime Agency Pay Award

The National Crime Agency (NCA) Remuneration Review Body has recently made recommendations on pay and allowances for NCA officers designated with operational powers. I would like to thank the Chair and members of the Review Body for their work on gathering evidence from the NCA, the Home Office, HMT and the Trade Unions, resulting in their detailed and thorough report. The Review Body’s work is of great value, ensuring that officers of a lower grade than Deputy Director designated with operational powers are properly remunerated for their work.

This government is committed to helping the NCA in its fight against Serious and Organised Crime (SOC). That is why it commissioned an Independent Review of SOC capabilities, funding and governance and why it committed to strengthening the NCA in its election manifesto.

SOC is evolving rapidly in both volume and complexity, I have been clear that the NCA needs to transform to meet the threat head on. Part of this transformation includes being able to attract, recruit and retain the right people. This Review Body’s recommendations help support the NCA to achieve that goal and are as follows:

  1. For officers on the standard ranges:
  • the pay range minima for Grades 1 to 4 increase by 2.5%;
  • the pay range minima for Grades 5 and 6 increase by 4.25% and 4.5% respectively;
  • the pay range maxima for Grades 1 to 6 increase by 1.5%; and
  • all officers should receive a consolidated pay award that maintains their percentile position on the pay range.

  1. The spot rates for Grades 4 and 5 are increased by 3% and 4.5% respectively.

  1. London Weighting Allowance is increased by 2.5% to £3,424

  1. Shift Allowance is increased to 20% of base pay.

These awards will be fully funded within the NCA’s existing budget. The small number of officers electing to remain on the terms and conditions of pre-cursor organisations will remain on their previous pay rates.

This award represents a significant real terms increase, the 3rd year in a row where this is the case. The average salary at the NCA is £36,794, this is up by 4.3% since 2018.

The Government continues to balance the need to ensure fair pay for public sector workers with protecting funding for frontline services and ensuring affordability for taxpayers. The effects of coronavirus continue to have a significant impact on the economy and the fiscal position and the Government will need to continue to take this into account in agreeing public sector pay awards.

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Home Office
Made on: 21 July 2020
Made by: Priti Patel (The Secretary of State for the Home Department)
Commons

Police Pay

The sixth annual report of the Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB) was published today. The Body made recommendations on pay and allowances for police officers up to and including the chief officer ranks in England and Wales. We value the role of the independent PRRB and thank the Chair and members for their detailed consideration and observations of the matters raised in relation to police pay.

The Government is extremely grateful for the commitment shown by our police officers up and down the country, in keeping the public safe during these unprecedented and challenging times.

The Government has accepted in full the PRRB’s recommendation that a consolidated increase of 2.5% should be awarded to all ranks at all pay points, with a corresponding increase to London Weighting and the Dog Handlers' Allowance, with effect from 1 September 2020.

The PRRB also recommended the removal of the lowest point of the sergeants’ pay scale; and that the maximum rate of London Allowance should increase by £1,000 to £5,338 a year for officers appointed on or after 1 September 1994 and not receiving Replacement Allowance. The Government has accepted these recommendations. These changes will take effect from 1 September 2020.

This is the second year in a row that we have awarded an increase of 2.5% for our police officers and delivers an above inflation increase. Police constables will earn up to £1,002 more this year.

The Government holds in the highest regard the role that public sector workers have in delivering essential public services and we are awarding a real terms pay increase. The hard work and dedication of our public servants throughout this difficult period is something we do not take for granted.

The Government continues to balance the need to ensure fair pay for public sector workers with protecting funding for frontline services and ensuring affordability for taxpayers. The effects of coronavirus continue to have a significant impact on the economy and the fiscal position and the Government will need to continue to take this into account in agreeing public sector pay awards

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Prime Minister
Made on: 21 July 2020
Made by: Boris Johnson (Prime Minister)
Commons

Publication of the Intelligence and Security Committee’s Russia Report

The Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament (ISC) has today laid before Parliament a report on Russia, examining the Russian threat to the UK and the UK’s response. I welcome the report and thank the former Committee for the work that has gone into this; this has clearly been an extensive effort spanning almost two years.

The Government is publishing its response to the ISC’s Russia Report immediately, recognising the significant public interest in the issues it raises. Copies of the response have been laid before both Houses.

The Committee has also today laid before Parliament its Annual Report 2018-19. This report highlights the breadth of the Committee’s oversight role and I thank them for their important work.

I would like to thank the former Committee for their work in the last Parliament, and I look forward to working with the newly appointed Committee in the future.

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Department for Education
Made on: 21 July 2020
Made by: Gavin Williamson (The Secretary of State for Education)
Commons

Teachers Update

The 30th report of the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) is being published today. Its recommendations cover the remit issued in September 2019. The report contains recommendations on the pay award for teachers that is due to be implemented from September 2020.

The STRB has recommended a 5.5% uplift to the minima of the main pay range and a 2.75% uplift to the maxima of the main pay range and the minima and maxima of all other pay ranges and allowances in the national pay framework. These recommendations are equivalent to a 3.1% increase in the overall paybill.

The STRB has also recommended advisory pay points on the Main Pay Range and Upper Pay Range.

I am pleased to confirm my proposed response is to accept these recommendations in full.

This teachers’ pay award – the largest since 2005 – helps to recognise the extraordinary efforts of our teacher and leaders. It provides for a substantial above-inflation increase to the pay ranges for all teachers and leaders.

For example, for an experienced teacher at the top of the upper pay range this pay award could mean an increase of between £1,114 and £1,364, depending on location. Furthermore, this pay award is the continuation of several years of substantial pay awards - last year all pay ranges were uplifted by 2.75% and in 2018 uplifts to pay ranges averaged at 2.4%.

Furthermore, this Government made a commitment to increase starting salaries nationally for teachers to £30,000 by 2022/23. This pay award takes the first step to delivering this commitment, with a 5.5% increase to starting salaries worth between £1,341 and £1,677 depending on location. This will mean that starting salaries for new teachers will be between £25,714 and £32,157 depending on location in the 2020-21 academic year.

These substantial increases to teacher starting pay will help ensure teaching is rightly regarded as a well-rewarded and prestigious profession, enabling us to attract the most able graduates and career changers into teaching to support improved outcomes for pupils.

This pay award also takes a decisive step towards a pay structure which better supports teacher retention, with large increases to early career pay where we know retention is most challenging. Alongside other crucial reforms such as the Early Career Framework and new National Professional Qualifications, this pay award will help to ensure we are retaining great teachers through the crucial early career phase.

Finally, this pay award will be affordable, on average, nationally for schools thanks to this Government's three-year investment package announced at the 2019 Spending Round. We are increasing core schools funding by £2.6 billion this year, £4.8 billion in 2021-22 and £7.1 billion in 2022-23, compared to 2019-20. As previously set out, from 2021-22 the funding schools currently receive through the teachers’ pay and pension grants will be part of schools' core funding allocations, as determined by the schools national funding formula, and there will be no increase to these grants in respect of this year’s pay award.

A full list of the recommendations and my proposed approach for all pay and allowance ranges is attached as an annex.

My officials will write to all of the statutory consultees of the STRB to invite them to contribute to a consultation on the Government’s response to these recommendations and on a revised School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document and Pay Order. The consultation will last for eight weeks.

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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Made on: 21 July 2020
Made by: George Eustice (Secretary of State)
Commons

Contingency Fund Advance – Office for Environmental Protection

Defra has sought a repayable cash advance from the Contingencies Fund of £215,000.

The requirement has arisen because there is an urgent requirement to proceed with setting up the Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) in advance of Royal Assent of the Environment Bill.

Under Managing Public Money rules, expenditure to make preparation for the delivery of a new service prior to Royal Assent requires an advance from the Contingencies Fund. The cash advance will pay for essential set up expenditure on public appointments, minimal staff recruitment to begin, and essential services that are needed for establishing for the OEP. The need to spend now in advance of Royal Assent is driven by the necessary timelines associated with recruitment, procurement and set up which are expected to take several months. This will ensure that the OEP can be brought into operation and begin exercising its statutory functions as soon as practical after Royal Assent of the Environment Bill.

Parliamentary approval for additional resources of £215,000 for this new service will be sought in a Supplementary Estimate for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Pending that approval, urgent expenditure estimated at £215,000 will be met by repayable cash advances from the Contingencies Fund.

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Treasury
Made on: 21 July 2020
Made by: Jesse Norman (The Financial Secretary to the Treasury)
Commons

Finance Bill 2020-21 draft legislation and tax documents

In line with the Tax Policy Making framework, the Government is publishing draft legislation to be included in Finance Bill 20-21, to allow for technical consultation and provide taxpayers with predictability over future tax policy changes.

Alongside this, the Government is making announcements on tax administration, business rates, and a number of other areas of tax policy. The Government is also publishing a number of previously announced tax policy documents. Measures that come into effect immediately or retrospectively are previously announced, or are technical amendments to ensure legislation works as intended.

As announced on 28th April, the Government has extended the consultation periods for Plastic Packaging Tax, R&D SME Tax Credit PAYE Cap, Construction Industry Scheme abuse, and Notification of uncertain tax treatment by large businesses in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. As a result of this extension, the Government will publish the draft legislation for these measures later in the Autumn.

Reform of Tax Administration

The Government is announcing a roadmap for Making Tax Digital, alongside its long-term plans for tax administration reform. These reforms are intended to make it easier to pay tax due, enhance resilience, effectiveness, and support for taxpayers.

  • The Government is publishing a document setting out its vision for a trusted, modern tax administration system that is fit for the 21st century and keeps pace with the many countries already operating digital tax regimes. This sets out an ambition for the tax system to work closer to real-time, improving its resilience, effectiveness and support for taxpayers.
  • The Government is committed to delivering a modern tax service for the UK’s increasingly digital businesses and their agents.
  • Digital tools and services can make it easier for businesses to keep on top on their tax affairs, and improve their productivity. Independent research commissioned by HMRC shows that businesses within MTD which fully integrate their accounting and tax software report spend less time on their tax. Micro-businesses who use software to manage their accounts have over 10% higher productivity, according to the Enterprise Research Centre.
  • Digital tools also reduce the scope for avoidable errors which cost the Exchequer £8.5 billion in lost revenue in 2018-19, and make the tax administration system less burdensome for those taxpayers who want to do the right thing.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has also highlighted the need for a more flexible, resilient and responsive tax system that provides businesses and HMRC with more up-to-date information on businesses and their finances, and enables easier identification and better targeting of taxpayer support.
  • The Government is therefore announcing a roadmap for HMRC’s Making Tax Digital programme. Since April 2019, most VAT-registered taxpayers with a turnover above the VAT threshold have needed to operate Making Tax Digital for their VAT returns, keeping their records digitally and updating HMRC through secure software. Over 1.4 million taxpayers are successfully using this system. This includes over 30% of VAT-registered businesses with turnover below the VAT threshold who have joined voluntarily. The Government will introduce legislation in Finance Bill 2020/21 to extend Making Tax Digital for VAT to all businesses below the VAT threshold from April 2022, to ensure every VAT-registered business takes the step to move to a modern, digital tax service.
  • The Government remains committed to extending Making Tax Digital to other taxes. The Making Tax Digital programme will therefore be extended through new regulations to businesses and landlords within Income Tax Self-Assessment from April 2023. This timetable allows businesses, landlords and agents time to plan, and gives software providers enough notice to bring new Making Tax Digital products to market, including free software for businesses with the simplest tax affairs. HMRC will expand its pilot service from April 2021 to allow businesses and landlords to test the full end-to-end service before the requirement to join.
  • The Government will also consult in the Autumn on the detail of extending Making Tax Digital to incorporated businesses with Corporate Tax obligations.
  • A consultation response will be published setting out how the Government will amend HMRC’s civil information powers, to ensure the UK can continue to comply with international tax transparency standards.

Further policy announcements:

The Government has made a number of further policy decisions which are being announced today, relating to:

Business rates revaluation

  • Under current legislation, the next revaluation would take effect on 1 April 2022 based on pre-COVID19 property values as of 1 April 2019. In May 2020, the Government announced a postponement to provide greater certainty for firms affected by the impacts of COVID19.
  • The Government is today announcing that the next revaluation of non-domestic property in England will instead take effect on 1 April 2023. So that it better reflects the impact of COVID19, it will be based on property values as of 1 April 2021.

Small Brewers Relief

  • The Government has concluded its review of this relief. In order to support growth, boost productivity and remove ‘cliff-edges’, the scheme’s taper will be smoothed. It will take effect more gradually over a wider range of production, starting at 2,100 hectolitres per year, and be converted to a cash basis. A technical consultation will be brought forward in the Autumn. The Government will also consult on the potential for a grace period for small breweries that decide to merge.

Post-EU exit alcohol review

The Government recognises the need to reform the current duty system to support the alcoholic drinks and pubs sector in the longer term, and will publish a call for evidence before end September 2020.

Tackling promoters of tax avoidance

  • Tackling promoters of tax avoidance – The Government is publishing a consultation and draft legislation on further, tougher measures to tackle those who promote and market tax avoidance schemes, as announced at Spring Budget. This builds on the anti-avoidance regimes that have already been introduced by the Government, which have helped to reduce the avoidance tax gap from £3.7bn in 2005 to 2006 to £1.7bn in 2018 to 2019. The Government will bring forward further ambitious proposals in the Autumn to strengthen its response to promoters who seek to sidestep the rules.

Employee share ownership

  • Enterprise Management Incentives (EMI) – The Government will legislate in Finance Bill 2020/21 to ensure that employers can issue new EMI share options to individuals who have been furloughed, have taken unpaid leave or have had their working hours reduced below EMI’s current statutory working time requirement as a result of COVID-19.

Previously announced publications

The Government has published the following tax policy documents, previously announced at the Spring Budget:

  • The business rates review call for evidence
  • The call for evidence on pensions tax administration
  • The consultation on the design of a carbon emissions tax
  • The consultation on National Insurance Contributions holiday for employers of veterans
  • The consultation on whether qualifying R&D tax credit costs should include investments in data and cloud computing
  • The consultation on the Economic Crime Levy
  • The summary of responses to the call for evidence on the operation of Insurance Premium Tax
  • The summary of responses and Government next steps to the Aggregates Levy Review
  • The summary of responses to the non-UK resident SDLT surcharge consultation

For other consultations, the Government is continuing to consider the responses and will respond in due course.

Technical tax changes

In addition, the Government is publishing a small number of technical tax changes, which are previously announced or provide technical easements for policy. These include measures relating to:

  • Changes to Termination Payments Rules, Post-employment notice pay (PENP) Calculation at s. 402D(1) ITEPA 2003, and Amendment of s.27 ITEPA 2003 – Changes to current PENP calculation to avoid unfair outcomes if an employee’s pay period is defined in months, but the contractual notice period is expressed in weeks, and changes to ensure non-residents who receive PENP are taxed fairly.

Legislation with immediate effect

The Government has published legislation for the following measures that will have immediate or retrospective effect:

  • Corporate Interest Restriction amendments – The first amendment clarifies the way special provisions apply for Real Estate Investment Trusts; this comes into force today. The second amendment ensures that no penalties arise for the late filing of an Interest Restriction Return where there is a ‘reasonable excuse’; this applies from 1 April 2017 when the CIR rules commenced.
  • Enterprise Management Incentives (EMI) amendments – This legislation will apply retrospectively from 19 March, and is in addition to protecting existing EMI share options holders from the effects of COVID-19, as legislated for in the [Finance Act 2020 / previous Finance Bill].
  • Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings – This measure introduces a new relief from the Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings (ATED) for housing co-operatives (those which are not publicly funded providers of social housing), which own UK residential property valued in excess of £500,000. The measure will come into effect retrospectively from 1 April 2020, allowing eligible housing co-operatives to claim a refund for the 2020-21 chargeable period.

In addition to these policy announcements, consultations and technical amendments, the Government is publishing draft legislation as announced at the Spring Budget:

  • Van Benefit charge
  • Collective money purchases pension schemes
  • S4C Section 33 VATA
  • Conditionality: hidden economy

Draft legislation is accompanied by a Tax Information and Impact Note (TIIN), an Explanatory Note (EN) and, where applicable, a summary of responses to consultation document. All publications can be found on the gov.uk website. The Government’s tax consultation tracker has also been updated.

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Treasury
Made on: 20 July 2020
Made by: Lord Agnew of Oulton (Lords Spokesperson )
Lords

Public service pensions, survivor benefits for opposite–sex widowers and surviving male civil partners.

My right honourable friend the Chief Secretary to the Treasury (Steve Barclay) has today made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

The government is committed to providing public service pensions that are fair for public sector workers and for taxpayers. The government’s position remains that benefit entitlements should normally be determined based on the rules applicable at the time the member served, to maintain fairness for active scheme members and the taxpayer.

Following the Walker v Innospec Supreme Court ruling, the government decided that in public service schemes, surviving male same-sex and female same-sex spouses and civil partners of public service pension scheme members will, in certain cases, receive benefits equivalent to those received by widows of opposite sex marriages. The exception to this is in specific schemes where, in the past, improvements in female members’ survivor benefits have involved female members making employee contributions or increasing them.

A case brought in the Employment Tribunal against the Secretary of State for Education earlier this year highlighted that these changes may lead to direct sexual orientation discrimination within the Teachers’ Pension Scheme, where male survivors of female scheme members remain entitled to a lower survivor benefit than a comparable same-sex survivor.

The government has concluded that changes are required to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme to address the discrimination. The government believes that this difference in treatment will also need to be remedied in those other public service pension schemes, where the husband or male civil partner of a female scheme member is in similar circumstances.

Departments responsible for the administration of affected schemes will consult on and take forward changes as soon as possible. Schemes will notify their members of changes and any actions they need to take.

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Department for Transport
Made on: 20 July 2020
Made by: Baroness Vere of Norbiton (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport)
Lords

Transport Update

My Honourable Friend, the Minister of State for Transport (Andrew Stephenson), has made the following Ministerial Statement.

I have been asked by my Right Honourable Friend, the Secretary of State, to make this Written Ministerial Statement. This statement concerns the application made under the Planning Act 2008 for the proposed construction by Highways England of a continuous dual carriageway on the A303 linking the Podimore Roundabout and the Sparkford Bypass.

Under section 107(1) of the Planning Act 2008, the Secretary of State must make his decision within 3 months of receipt of the Examining Authority’s report unless exercising the power under section 107(3) to extend the deadline and make a Statement to the House of Parliament announcing the new deadline. The Secretary of State received the Examining Authority’s report on the A303 Sparkford to Ilchester Development Consent Order application on 12 September 2019 and the deadline for a decision was previously extended from 12 December 2019 until 17 July 2020 to allow for further work to be carried out.

The deadline for the decision is to be further extended to 20 November 2020 (an extension of 4 months) to enable further information to be provided by the Applicant and interested parties on outstanding concerns raised by the Examining Authority and consideration of that provided information before determination of the application by the Secretary of State.

The decision to set a new deadline is without prejudice to the decision on whether to give development consent.

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Department for Transport
Made on: 20 July 2020
Made by: Andrew Stephenson (Minister of State for Transport)
Commons

Transport Update

I have been asked by my Right Honourable Friend, the Secretary of State, to make this Written Ministerial Statement. This statement concerns the application made under the Planning Act 2008 for the proposed construction by Highways England of a continuous dual carriageway on the A303 linking the Podimore Roundabout and the Sparkford Bypass.

Under section 107(1) of the Planning Act 2008, the Secretary of State must make his decision within 3 months of receipt of the Examining Authority’s report unless exercising the power under section 107(3) to extend the deadline and make a Statement to the House of Parliament announcing the new deadline. The Secretary of State received the Examining Authority’s report on the A303 Sparkford to Ilchester Development Consent Order application on 12 September 2019 and the deadline for a decision was previously extended from 12 December 2019 until 17 July 2020 to allow for further work to be carried out.

The deadline for the decision is to be further extended to 20 November 2020 (an extension of 4 months) to enable further information to be provided by the Applicant and interested parties on outstanding concerns raised by the Examining Authority and consideration of that provided information before determination of the application by the Secretary of State.

The decision to set a new deadline is without prejudice to the decision on whether to give development consent.

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Department for Transport
Made on: 20 July 2020
Made by: Baroness Vere of Norbiton (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport)
Lords

Transport for London Extraordinary funding and financing update

My Right Honourable friend, the Secretary of State for Transport (Grant Shapps), has made the following Ministerial Statement.

I wrote to the House on 18 May 2020, to share details of the extraordinary funding and financing agreement reached with Transport for London (TfL). That package of support, which was agreed between Government, the Mayor and TfL, included a number of conditions and I am today writing to update Parliament on two of those.

To help avoid such drastic action in the future work has been underway on the Government-led review of TfL’s future financial position and structure, and we have now published the Terms of Reference for that review.

I am pleased to also announce the appointment of the two Government Special Representatives to attend the TfL Board; Andrew Gilligan and Clare Moriarty. They will also be able to attend TfL’s Finance and Programme Investment Committees. These positions required a specific skillset and have therefore been made through direct Ministerial Appointment.

Clare Moriarty is a former civil servant and has been Permanent Secretary for the Department for Exiting the European Union and for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and she was previously Director General, Rail Executive and Director General for Corporate Services in the Department for Transport.

Andrew Gilligan advises the Prime Minister on transport matters and worked closely with TfL for three years, acquiring detailed knowledge of its operations, as former Cycling Commissioner for London.

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Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Made on: 20 July 2020
Made by: Baroness Barran (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
Lords

Community Match Challenge

My Right Honourable Friend the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Oliver Dowden MP, has made the following Statement:

On 8 April, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced a £750 million funding package for the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector. I wish to set out to the House the details of how £90 million from this package will be allocated.

We are all aware of the vital role that the VCSE sector plays in our society, and this has especially been the case in the past few months. Charities and community organisations have been at the frontline of the coronavirus outbreak, providing trusted support to people and communities.

Through the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, £200 million is already being allocated largely to small and medium sized charities in England by the National Lottery Community Fund.

We are now inviting the philanthropists, foundations, and grant makers to put forward new funding which the Government will match on a pound for pound basis.

The Government will match up to £85 million of funding from strategic funders such as philanthropists and charitable foundations. This funding is intended for beneficiary groups which are the most vulnerable and the hardest hit by COVID-19. We expect awards to be made principally to charitable grant makers providing aid to small and medium sized charities. We anticipate funding applications in the £5 million to £20 million range. This innovative approach will build on the expertise of philanthropists and foundations by supporting the charities that they believe will have the highest impact in the areas that we want to focus on, while giving charities longer term recovery support by allowing the non-Government portion of the match funding to be spent beyond March 2021.

We believe that this approach will stimulate further donations and ensure that a further £85 million of philanthropic funding from those who wish to support their communities during these challenging times will go to charities, further increasing support to the sector.

An additional £4.8 million is also being allocated to the Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership to strengthen its support to the voluntary and community sector, and its coordinating role with government and statutory agencies, as they continue to respond to COVID-19.

Applications close at midnight on 2 August 2020 and details can be found at the fund website here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/community-match-challenge-and-voluntary-and-community-sector-emergencies-partnership.

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Department for Transport
Made on: 20 July 2020
Made by: Grant Shapps (Secretary of State for Transport)
Commons

Transport for London Extraordinary funding and financing update

I wrote to the House on 18 May 2020, to share details of the extraordinary funding and financing agreement reached with Transport for London (TfL). That package of support, which was agreed between Government, the Mayor and TfL, included a number of conditions and I am today writing to update Parliament on two of those.

To help avoid such drastic action in the future work has been underway on the Government-led review of TfL’s future financial position and structure, and we have now published the Terms of Reference for that review.

I am pleased to also announce the appointment of the two Government Special Representatives to attend the TfL Board; Andrew Gilligan and Clare Moriarty. They will also be able to attend TfL’s Finance and Programme Investment Committees. These positions required a specific skillset and have therefore been made through direct Ministerial Appointment.

Clare Moriarty is a former civil servant and has been Permanent Secretary for the Department for Exiting the European Union and for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and she was previously Director General, Rail Executive and Director General for Corporate Services in the Department for Transport.

Andrew Gilligan advises the Prime Minister on transport matters and worked closely with TfL for three years, acquiring detailed knowledge of its operations, as former Cycling Commissioner for London.

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS391
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