Press Release 31 April 2013 - All Party Group welcomes progress on National Insurance

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Use

31 April 2013

ALL PARTY PARLIAMENTARY CLASSICAL MUSIC GROUP WELCOMES PROGRESS AFTER MEETING EXCHEQUER SECRETARY ABOUT NATIONAL INSURANCE.

The APPG on Classical Music had a productive meeting this week with David Gauke, the Exchequer Secretary and Ed Vaizey, the Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries to discuss the APPG’s concerns that musicians would be subject to crippling national insurance contributions.  Mr Gauke told the delegation of MPs and peers that the issue would be put out to public consultation which would be published in May, with a view to implementing changes that are intended to be in place for the 2014/15 tax year.

The group comprised Lord Lipsey, its chair, Jonathan Evans MP, the deputy chair, Baroness Mcintosh and Lord Macgregor. The APPG had been extremely concerned about the impact on freelance musicians and on the orchestral sector of the introduction of a Class 1 NIC – the consequence of an Upper Tribunal decision concerning actors.

Members of the group were also concerned about the issue of a potential liability while the consultation took place. Members welcomed the Minister’s assurance that there were no plans at HMRC to undertake a concerted campaign of compliance.

Lord Lipsey, Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Classical Music Group, said “We are endebted to the Exchequer Secretary for engaging positively with us on this issue. The imposition of class 1 contributions would be catastrophic for freelance musicians and the wider orchestral sector. We welcome the imminent publication of the public consultation and will continue to engage with the government on behalf of musicians. ”

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