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Land Transaction Tax (LTT) consultation

Closing Date 6th May 2015

LTT replaces Stamp Duty Land Tax in Wales from April 2018.

The devolution of some taxes to Wales from April 2018 provides Welsh Government with the opportunity to reshape those taxes to better meet Welsh circumstances and priorities.

The Minister for Finance and Government Business is encouraging members of the public and organisations  across  Wales and the UK to get involved as Wales takes greater control of its financial future.    

Land Transaction Tax will replace the current UK Stamp Duty Land Tax in Wales in 2018.  This will affect many of us across Wales, including:

  • home buyers and sellers
  • builders, developers or investors in property
  • businesses renting premises in the non-residential markets
  • those who play important roles in the transaction processes. 

The Minister has set out her principles for the Welsh taxes and made it clear that they should be fair to people and businesses, support growth and jobs, which in turn will help tackle poverty and support communities. 

The consultation seeks views on how the current system can be improved in order to make it more effective, efficient and better suited to the priorities and needs of Wales.

Link to consultation

Welsh government has also produced a leaflet on Welsh Taxes which can be viewed at this link:

Business Rates: New Build Empty Property (England only)

Consultation launched: 12th June 2013
Consultation closes: 26th July  2013

1.      This 11-page consultation from DCLG lays out proposals to exempt all newly built commercial property completed between 1 October 2013 and 30 September 2016 from empty property rates for the first 18 months, up to the state aids limits. This document sets out the government’s proposals for the delivery of that policy and seeks consultees’ views on them. The full consultation document can be found at:



Parliamentary Work and Pensions Committee: Inquiry into Jobcentre Plus (JCP).


Opening date: 19 April 2013.

Closing date: Friday 24th May

The inquiry will focus on the services JCP offers to benefit claimants, jobseekers and employers and its relationships with external providers and stakeholders such as local authorities, in the context of recent and ongoing welfare reforms,  including the introduction of  Universal Credit, and the resulting changes to JCP staff roles.

The Committee will consider the future of JCP as a public employment service, including its role as “gatekeeper” to contracted-out services such as the Work Programme and Work Choice. It will also assess the support which JCP currently provides to jobseekers in the early months of their unemployment benefit claim, before referral to external providers.

The inquiry will also assess whether the organisational changes in JCP since 2011 have produced efficiencies and streamlined management processes as intended.

Submissions of no more than 3,000 words are invited from interested organisations and individuals.  The Committee is particularly interested in the issues set out below. Submissions do not need to address all of these points.

  • JCP’s employment services, including: approaches to identifying jobseekers’ needs and barriers to employment; the effectiveness of the “Get Britain Working” measures; JCP’s role as a gateway to contracted-out services such as Work Choice and the Work Programme, including processes for referral and handover; JCP’s use of the Flexible Support Fund, including how spending decisions are made and evaluated; and the effectiveness of JCP’s relationships with other key stakeholders, particularly local authorities.
  • JCP’s role in relation to the rights and responsibilities of benefit claimants, including: the effectiveness of benefit conditionality, particularly job-seeking conditionality and the mandatory “work-focused interview”; and the level and appropriateness of JCP’s use of benefit sanctions, including differences of approach between JCP Districts. 
  • Supporting a flexible labour market, including: JCP’s effectiveness  in matching jobseekers to suitable job vacancies, including through the introduction of Universal Jobmatch; whether JCP is sufficiently focused on sustained job outcomes as well as off-benefit flows and how this is, or should be, measured; and employers’ assessment of the effectiveness of JCP as a recruitment partner.
  • The impacts of benefit reforms, including: the implications for JCP staff roles of the implementation of Universal Credit, including the skills staff will need in order to offer effective in-work support; changes to staff roles brought about by the move to “digital by default”; and plans to support claimants affected by the benefit cap
  • The governance of JCP, including: whether ending the executive agency status of JCP, and bringing it under the central control of a single DWP Chief Operating Officer, has brought about efficiencies and streamlined management as intended; and the potential for more radical future changes to JCP. 

IRRV Response:

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21st Century Welfare Consultation

(1 October 2010 deadline)

Through this consultation the Department for Work and Pensions seeks views to inform its thinking on reforms to the benefits and Tax Credits system, including the idea of a single integrated Universal Credit. The full consultation paper can be found at:

Link to consultation

The full consultation paper can be found at:

IRRV Response:

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Dynamic Benefits

The President of the Institute has received the following reply to our 105 questions from the Minister for Welfare Reform. We will be following this up immediately as well as sending further questions. As we get the answers we will post them on the website in a specific area that will be open to all.

Response from Lord Freud

Letter to Lord Freud

The position of the Institute has been to support the principles behind Dynamic Benefits and further to support the introduction of the Universal Credit; however the IRRV cannot support the inclusion of housing costs in Lord Freud's proposals.

Below is a draft of the letter sent to Lord Freud by the Institutes President Kerry Macdermott

My Institute is the only professional body in the United Kingdom that specialises in the law and practice of local authority revenues and local taxation collection together with the income related benefits that support these processes.

The position of the Institute has been to support the principles behind Dynamic Benefits and further to support the introduction of the Universal Credit; however we cannot support the inclusion of housing costs in your proposals.

There are many reasons behind this statement and in order to give your officials every opportunity to advise you to step back from a potential disaster that will make the Community Charge pale into insignificance we wish to offer you a constructive dialogue which will assist your thinking. The dialogue will be in the form of a series of questions which we hope, as you answer them; will give you an insight into the problems you will be facing.

The questions will be posted on the open area of our website and we will post the answers as your officials provide them. We hope you will welcome this approach and allow every opportunity for a constructive dialogue to take place which will assist you in the difficult decisions you will have to make over the next two years.
The first one hundred or so questions are attached and these have all been raised by practitioners as important issues that will need to be addressed to ensure a successful implementation of the Universal Credit.

May I also take this opportunity to personally thank you for the support you have given the Institute at our recent conferences. If your officials need any clarification on the questions, can they contact the Institutes Chief Executive David Magor

Link to 105 First Questions

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