September AAT Public Affairs & Public Policy activities

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Thursday 5 October 2017 - 15:30

Every month AAT highlights some of the key Public Affairs & Public Policy activities undertaken on behalf of our membership. 

Below you will find some key highlights for September 2017. 

If you would like any further information about any of these issues, please contact Phil Hall, AAT Head of Public Affairs & Public Policy via twitter or via email.      

Labour Party Conference 2017 

In Brighton this year, we engaged with numerous MPs on a variety of subjects from Patient Capital, Skills & Apprenticeships and SMEs to Corporate Governance and Tax.

The conference provided a good opportunity to ensure AAT’s views and opinions were heard on issues ranging from the digital economy and housing to careers, skills and social mobility. 

It also provided a vehicle to engage with and keep abreast of developments and the views of many other organisations from the Federation of Small Businesses and the Confederation of British Industry to KPMG, PwC the BVCA and even Coca-Cola.

If you’d like more information about what AAT achieved in Brighton this year, please get in touch

AAT Consultation Responses

Last month AAT responded to consultations on subjects as diverse as returning to work after taking time out for caring (Government Equalities Office) Anti-Money Laundering (Financial Conduct Authority) and changes to licensed access (Bar Standards Council).

Read these and more here

Parliamentary Engagement

AAT directly engaged with 16 politicians (11 Labour, 3 Conservative and 2 Crossbenchers) on issues including Stamp Duty liability, broadband, financial advice, overseas property investment, the gender pay gap and the new Office for Professional Body Anti-Money Laundering Supervision

Help to Save

In January 2016, the Prime Minister set out the government’s intention to launch a new Help to Save scheme to encourage people on low incomes to build up a rainy-day fund.

Help to Save will target working families on the lowest incomes to help them build up their savings. The scheme will be open to 3.5 million adults in receipt of Universal Credit with minimum weekly household earnings equivalent to 16 hours at the National Living Wage, or those in receipt of Working Tax Credit. 

It will work by providing a 50% government bonus on up to £50 of monthly savings. The bonus will be paid after two years with an option to save for a further two years, meaning that people can save up to £2,400 and benefit from government bonuses worth up to £1,200. 

AAT responded to a government consultation on the scheme and was subsequently invited to join a forum of experts assisting with the scheme design. 

Last month was the first meeting of the Help to Save Forum and much was done to ensure the legislation being published this Autumn is fit for purpose. There will be more forum meetings in the future and AAT will continue to attend and play a part in ensuring Help to Save proves a success. 

Help to Save accounts will be available from April 2018.

Branching out

We continue to attend branch meetings to highlight the work we are doing on members behalf in the public affairs and public policy arena.

In September, we visited the East Kent branch in Canterbury. Next month there will be several more branch meetings. If you know of a branch that might be interested in finding out more about our activities please do let us know.

If you would like more information about any of the above, our activities in general, previous copies of the monthly round-up or think we might be able to help your work in any way, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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