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Stephen Campbell

Dear Independent Office for Police Conduct,

I would like you to publish all guidance and recommendations which IOPC provided to HMRC related to the recent Loan Charge suicides. This follows two more suicides this week, one of which I understand included specific reference to the Loan Charge, and particularly to Jesse Norman's misleading statements in the House of Commons Treasury Questions session, as directly leading to the suicide of one or more of these victims. The evidence relating to these has been passed over the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) which is campaigning for an independent inquiry.

As you will be aware, HMRC referred itself to IOPC following confirmation that one of more individuals had committed suicide as a direct result of the way HMRC was hounding individuals concerned, and despite HMRC assertions that appropriate measures were in place to help individuals who were at risk of suicide.

At the time The IOPC issued a statement as follows "...The IOPC are of the view that the issues identified do require further investigation, including whether suitable measures and adjustments were put in place for a vulnerable service user subject to investigation...". Can you please provide:

1. Copies of all correspondence from IOPC to HMRC relating to the above referral, as well as copies of all correspondence from HMRC to IOPC related to same.

2. All information collated by IOPC relating to the historical Loan Charge suicide cases, highlighting specific actions which the IOPC believes ,ay have contributed to mental anguish or despair amongst those targeted by HMRC and which may have led to suicidal thoughts

3. Which measures IOPC believes HMRC already had in place prior to HMRC having referred itself, specifically to deal with vulnerable individuals who were subject to Loan Charge

4. In the IOPC statement issued at the time you said "...We believe HMRC are treating the matter seriously and we are advised some learning has already been identified..." . Aside from words, can you please confirm specific evidence which supports the assertion that HMRC were treating the matter seriously?

5. Given the same statement, please provide specific examples of learning which HMRC referenced and specific details of what HMRC had committed to change in relation to the way they intended to deal with Loan Charge victims in future

6. On the bass that two additional suicides have occurred this week alone, is it the opinion of IOPC that no further action is necessary by HMRC n order to prevent further Loan Charge suicides?

7. Please confirm, in the opinion of IOPC, what level the suicide rate would need to reach before IOPC would consider that HMRC measures in place to deal with vulnerable customers was inadequate?

8. In the IOPC statement issued at the time of previous confirmed Loan Charge suicides, you stated that IOPC would "...review HMRC’s final investigation report once it is completed...". Please confirm whether you have received this "report" and what conclusions IOPC drew from it?

9. Given the increased likelihood of more suicides as key Loan Charge repayment dates approach, does IOPC believe that a suspension and independent inquiry should be considered to avoid further deaths that will inevitably result?

Yours faithfully,

Stephen Campbell

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Dear Mr Campbell

Thank you for your correspondence to the IOPC in which you made a request for information. This request is being considered under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). We will now consult with the relevant department to gather the response to your request.

We propose to respond to you on or before the 6 August 2019 in line with the timescales prescribed by the FOIA.

If you have any questions about this request please contact us. Please remember to quote reference number 1007773 in any future correspondence about this matter.

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Dear Mr Campbell

Please find attached our interim response.

Yours sincerely

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Dear Mr Campbell

Please find attached our response to your request for information.

Yours sincerely

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Dear Independent Office for Police Conduct,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Independent Office for Police Conduct's handling of my FOI request 'Please supply copies of all recommendations provided to HMRC in respect of loan charge suicides after HMRC referred itself to IOPC'.

I find the reasons provided for withholding the information to be wholly inadequate. Your organisation has a responsibility to investigate DSI cases and there have now been a total of at least 7 cases directly linked to the Loan Charge legislation. Your decision to treat this as a "local investigation" effectively meant that you failed to undertake ANY serious investigation of the incidents or checks on the fitness for purpose of HMRCs provisions for treating the vulnerable customers (whom HMRC have been using behavioural techniques to pressurise).

To quote from your response:

"Section 31(1)(g) exempts information where disclosure would or would be likely to
prejudice “(a)the exercise by any public authority of its functions for any of the purposes
specified in subsection (2).
In this case the relevant specified purpose listed at subsection (2) is (2)(b) “the purpose
of ascertaining whether any person is responsible for any conduct which is improper”.
The public authority in this case is the HMRC who are the appropriate authority with the
duty to undertake a Death or Serious Injury (DSI) investigation, following our decision to
return matter to be considered locally. "

Why would publishing the information requested prejudice anything? The balance of public interest in a case like this MUST be the preservation of life. Since the FOIA request was made, or e suicides have occurred and HMRC has referred itself once again to IOPC. The time has surely come for a FULL INVESTIGATION to include assessment of related strategies employed by HMRC to "bear down" on these taxpayers to the point where they took their own lives.

Further to the above you acknowledge that there IS a public interest argument to release the information but that:

"..However we consider that it would not be in the public interest to disclose information
where there is a risk that future DSI investigations around such sensitive matters could
be prejudiced and result in harm to the due process and to the rights and freedoms of
individuals involved. "

This reasoning is completely unjustifiable. How would publishing the information prejudice future DSI investigations? Surely the need to preserve human life trumps any potential "harm to due process", a meaningless term at best. There is no reason why the information cannot be shared, protecting the individuals involved through appropriate redaction where required.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p...

Yours faithfully,

Stephen Campbell

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Dear Mr Campbell

Thank you for your email. We will be conducting an internal review of our original FOIA response and expect to provide you with our findings on or before 7 November 2019.

If you have any further queries regarding this matter, please contact us quoting reference number IR1007773.

Yours sincerely

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Dear Mr Campbell

Please find attached our internal review of your request for information.

Yours sincerely

FOI and DPA Team
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PO Box 473
Sale
Manchester
M33 0BW
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