A less-than-full House of Commons for the Opposition Day Debate

A less-than-full House of Commons for the Opposition Day Debate

In a Commons Opposition Day debate on Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs  – and its use of outsourcing –  Stephen Doughty (Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth)  has been telling MPs how single mothers and small local businesses are turning to him for advice.

The debate had begun with Rebecca Long-Bailey (Shadow Treasury Minister) moving a  motion calling on the Government to investigate into the performance of  a private company –  Concentrix – which is contracted by HMRC to check the eligibility of claimants for the payment of tax credits.

Stephen Doughty (Labour Cardiff South and Penarth) cites case histories with which he has dealt.

Stephen Doughty (Labour Cardiff South and Penarth) cites case histories with which he has dealt.

In the debate Doughty said “I apologise for the state of my voice, but it is important that I speak in this debate on behalf of the many constituents who have contacted me about, and who are suffering as a result of, this scandalous Concentrix shambles”

Doughty publicly thanked his office staff  for the “work they have done in dealing with a number of distressing cases involving individuals who have been in deep hardship and have been greatly upset.”

He said many constituents did not realise that “the MP is the place to go” for advice on such matters.

He cited the case of a single mother who had a ” long-standing claim suspended after Concentrix said that she was living with another named woman in her rented property”. He said “It was suggested that a third woman was also living at the property, but both were actually previous tenants of the home, one from as far back as 2010. The information had come from the electoral register, even though my constituent had lived in the property only since 2014.” Doughty said  the claim had now been reinstated .

Later Doughty told MPs that ” Small businesses in my constituency come to me with complex VAT cases and say, “It is one rule for those at the top and another for us.” They are often put into severe hardship and face deep complications as they try to resolve these cases. By the time people arrive at the doors of Members of Parliament, they are often in severe financial difficulties, be that as an individual or as a business.”

PDN NOTE: Businesses only have to register for VAT if their annual VAT-taxable turnover is in excess of £83,000 a year .

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  1. Kevin Mahoney says:

    This is unacceptable.

    However it would be churlish not to point out that one of the reasons that a reported 50% of all calls asking for help or advice to the HMRC go unanswered ( and I have much personal experience of this) is because Mr Doughty’s labour party hived off the telephone answering service some years ago resulting in the ensuing chaos.

    It’s probably also worth pointing out of course that Mr Doughty’s Labour party Government also sold off all 600 HMRC buildings in the UK to a private company ( Mapely Steps) based in the tax haven of Bermuda in 2001 and us tax payers now lease them back with £millions of taxpayer money each year.

    You almost couldn’t make it up, the labour party which rails about tax avoidance and tax havens sold all our HMRC tax building to one of the entities that they are so critical off. I wonder if we are the only country in the world whose tax revenue collecting body is housed in buildings owned and rented out by a firm based in a tax haven?

    No doubt Mr Doughty forgot to mention this in his contribution to the debate.

  2. Fishhenge says:


  3. snoggerdog says:

    are we not still “all in it together” then ?

  4. Christopher David says:

    Mr Doughty gives advice on complex VAT issues! Complex!! Oh yes. This is the former shadow business minister that didn’t / doesn’t know the difference between a Ltd company and a sole trader. The same chap that victimised a sole trader in Penarth- calling him (it) a company to gain political capital over a small mistake. The same doughty that cost a charity over £60k PA. Mr Mahoney I’m grateful for your exposure here- the truth is sometimes almost inconceivable.

    • Sick of the same old politicians says:

      It’s more likely one of his support staff provided the advice!

  5. Frank Evans says:

    Doughty giving tax advise!! LOL

  6. Paul says:

    According to wikipedia Doughty has no finance qualifications so, even though wikipedia isn’t exactly reliable or accurate, I think i’d stick to an accountant for VAT questions. More to the point was he really born in 1980? He’s old 36, I thought he was at least 10 years older. Sorry Stephen, more sleep on the bank benches is needed.

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