Views sought for Budget 2015

Tuesday 20 January 2015

The government is asking people to send in their views on the things they would like to see included in this year's Budget.

This is an opportunity for limited company contractors, sole traders and umbrella company contractors to weigh in with aspects of regulation or public finance that they would like to see changed.

The Budget is due on Wednesday March 18th and will be the last one delivered by the current government prior to the election.

In terms of ideas, the government says that it "encourages open and transparent policy-making" and that it is open to original and innovative ideas. Any that are sent in will be considered by HM Treasury as part of its process for creating policies.

To send in representations, respondents are asked to fill in a short survey. Alternatively, they can send a file attachment by email to with a file limit of five megabytes. Should it not be possible to send in a representation by survey or email, they can be sent in by post.

Any submissions should be sent to the Treasury by Friday February 13th at the latest so that they can be given full consideration ahead of the Budget.

To help people with their submissions for the Budget, the Treasury has posted guidance on the subject.

This covers areas like what a Budget representation is, what needs to be included in a representation, what happens after a form has been submitted, details on data protection and freedom of information and a freedom of information contact.

The guidance states that representations can be sent in from individuals, interest groups and representative bodies. They must include a name, telephone number and details of any organisation that the person is representing.

A representation should include policy suggestions as well as the rationale, costs, benefits and how easy it would be to deliver the proposals. These proposals should be evidence based and include a clear argument on how they would contribute well to the Budget.

The guidance includes a number of areas that could be considered by people sending in a representation. These are the likely effectiveness and value for money, any kind of revenue implications that the Exchequer might face and the wider macroeconomic implications of a proposal.

That last point concerns how a proposal would affect economic stability and growth. Among the areas that representations are encouraged to consider include the impacts on particular sectors, the impacts that may be had on distribution, any administrative and compliance costs and issues, any requirements to do with legislation and operation and also the environmental impact.

The Treasury does add, however, that it will not consider representations that it is not practical to implement or ones that are outside of its legal obligations. For example, representations cannot compromise State aid, human rights or diversity.

Additionally, the Treasury says that it will delete representations that are found to be inappropriate or offensive.

By Victoria McDonnell

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