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Implementation of High Income Child Benefit Charge

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Dear HM Revenue and Customs,

Under FOI regulations, I would like to receive any information held as regards the implementation of the high income child benefit charge in terms of:

- the perceived equality of treatment for households where the benefit is lost where one householder ('A')is above the scheme thresholds, but not for two people in a household whose combined income would be greater than A above
- any legal advice received or provided internally as to the equality of the change
- any assessment of how the change sits with European law / regulations and whether any advice has been sought in this regard
-any external advice sought as regards the changes from any perspective (legal, financial,etc) and the cost of this
- any information as regards the issues HMRC envisaged as to how the scheme will be implemented / monitored / controlled in future

Yours faithfully,

neil rutherford

HM Revenue and Customs

FOI 3142/12

 

Dear Mr Rutherford

 

Thank you for your communication of 21 December 2012 which has been passed
to HMRC’s Freedom of Information Team. 

 

We have allocated the above reference which you should quote if you need
to contact us. 

 

The Team will arrange for a reply to be sent to you which will either
comply with HMRC’s obligations under Freedom of Information Act or, if we
think it’s an enquiry that we don’t need to address under the terms of the
Act, let you know why.  If it is the latter we will, if possible, pass it
on to a more appropriate part of the Department for answer. 

 

HMRC

Freedom of Information Team

 

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Dear HM Revenue and Customs,

I note that you have not yet responded to my recent foi request (21st December 2012).

I would ask that you do do as a matter of urgency.

Yours faithfully,

neil rutherford

HM Revenue and Customs

Dear Mr Rutherford

I am sorry for the delay in responding. I can assure you that your request is receiving attention and we will issue a response as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely

Mary Leeds

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Mr Rutherford

Please find the response to your Freedom of Information request attached.

HMRC

Freedom of Information Team.

<<3142 12 N Rutherford.pdf>> <<3142 Rutherford ChB equalities
assessment.pdf>>

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neil rutherford

Dear HM Revenue and Customs,

I refer to your letter dated 25th Jnauary (3142 /12) asking that the cost of such a request be met by myself and I would ask for an internla review of the decision. Given the materiality of the chnage I would see it as reasonable for such information to be provided, and I woud assume that this information would be readily to hand as ultimately many aspects must have had to be assessed as part of an overall recommendation to Ministers, and the pros and cons considered.

I await your response.

Yours faithfully,

neil rutherford

HM Revenue and Customs

Dear Mr Rutherford

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your email and to clarify that it is not HMRC's policy to charge for dealing with requests made under the Act. We normally estimate how long it will take to search, collate, and retrieve information within the scope of a request. If it seems likely that it will take over 24 hours of work we will decline to deal with it. The appropriate limit is specified in the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004 and, for central government, is the equivalent of one person spending 3½ (24 hours) working days to identify, locate and extract all of the information requested. Instead we invite the applicant to refine a request by narrowing the scope or time span. Please let me know if you still require HMRC to carry out an internal review into the application of the fees/cost limits in this case and I will arrange it for you.

Yours sincerely

Margaret Earing
HMRC Freedom of Information
Information Policy & Disclosure
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